16.04. ‐ 21.04.2024
Haus der Filmkulturen mit Schrift

A house of film cultures

At the start of the festival, LICHTER presents an almost visionary concept for a house of film cultures. A house that translates the cultural space of cinema into the future through its diversity of use and architecture. It will be a home for festivals, a venue for film premieres and award ceremonies, a platform for filmmakers, a media education center for children and young people, and a playground for initiatives and projects. Even more: a research laboratory of immersive techniques and narrative media.

Film has long since become a carrier of knowledge and a way of life, and has differentiated into a multitude of multi-perspective film cultures through video games and video art. With the advance of digitalization, moving images are increasingly moving into space, erasing the boundaries between the film world and the audience and transporting them directly and immediately to other places.

The House of Film Cultures wants to curate all current expressions of film, complement them with concerts, exhibitions and diverse event formats, and explore their future as a research laboratory. The House of Film Cultures sees itself as a place of encounter, exchange and learning.

Film and moving images are by far the most influential cultural form of our time. It's just that people don't find each other in their film experiences as often as they used to. The crisis of cinema is above all a crisis of public space. As a place of gathering and discussion, this is of great importance for a democratic society. Without social spaces of discourse and reflection, without collective experiences, it is in danger of losing its foundation. That is why a comprehensive reinterpretation and reinvention of the cultural space of cinema is needed! That is why we need a house of film cultures! A cinema of the future!

If you are interested in our concept, please send us a short e-mail to info@lichter-filmfest.de.


Friday, April 30, 2021
The panel is available on the LICHTER YouTube channel.

Film critic Rüdiger Suchsland and Viennese architect Gabu Heindl as well as actor and director R.P. Kahl will talk about a future House of Film Cultures, its necessity and possible shape.

Participants: Gabu Heindl (http://www.gabuheindl.at); Rüdiger Suchsland; R.P. Kahl


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Gabu Heindl

Gabu Heindl is an architect, urban planner and university lecturer in Vienna. With her office Gabu Heindl Architektur she is responsible for several cinema (re)constructions and concepts, among others conversion Filmmuseum Wien, Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus Wien as well as the Filmmuseum Collections. 2013-2017 she was chairperson of the board of the ÖGFA - Austrian Society for Architecture. Currently she teaches at the Architectural Association in London and as a visiting professor at Sheffield University. Numerous publications on urban planning, public space, including some texts on cinema(spaces). Current book: Stadkonflikte. Radical Democracy in Architecture and Urban Planning, Vienna 2020. www.gabuheindl.at

Rüdiger Suchsland

Rüdiger Suchsland is a journalist, author and director. He studied history, philosophy and politics. Since then he has worked as a freelance journalist and critic. In addition, he occasionally teaches and contributes to books. The thematic focus of his work is film, theory, pop culture and Asia. Since 1997 he has been an editor at the Internet magazine artechock. Since 1998 he works for various film festivals, participation in international juries. Since 2004 in changing functions on the board of VDFK(Association of German Film Critics). Since 2014 also film director.

R.P. Kahl

Born on November 08, 1970 in Cottbus. He studied at the Academy of Dramatic Art 'E. Busch' Berlin, branch Rostock and works since 1990 as an actor for film, TV and theater.

In 1995 he switched behind the camera. In 1997 he produced the award-winning feature film 'Silvester Countdown' by Oskar Roehler. Together with Luggi Waldleitner's Roxy-Film he produced his feature film directorial debut 'Angel Express' in 1998. With Torsten Neumann, Kahl developed the project 99euro-films with the compilation films '99euro-films' (2001) and 'Europe - 99euro-films 2' (2003), as well as the documentary 'Mädchen am Sonntag' (Hessian Film Award, 2005). 2010 World premiere of his feature film 'Bedways' at the Berlinale. In addition, he creates music videos and theater productions. In 2017, Kahl's experimental feature film 'A Thought of Ecstasy' has its international premiere in the official competition of the Tallinn Black Nights, categorized as an A-film festival. Currently, the performative documentary 'School of Women' (working title 'Women's Day in New York') is in the making and will premiere in 2021.

Since 1999, Kahl has also increasingly devoted himself to performances and video art works in various contexts of visual art, theater and film with presentations in museums, galleries, theater and opera houses.

Since 2001, he has held teaching positions at various colleges and universities. In 2018, he takes on an artistic professorship at the Berlin Media University and founds the Berlin Film Institute there in 2020. In 2020, Kahl follows an appointment as professor at the SRH University Berlin School of Popular Arts. He was a member of the selection committee of the Berlinale (Shorts) for over 10 years and has worked for the program selection of Filmfest Oldenburg since 2001. Since 2013 he has been a member of the board of the German Film Academy, since 2017 as one of the three executive chairs of the board. In 2013 he was a BKM scholarship holder at Villa Aurora Los Angeles.