Director in Focus: Alan BERLINER

Director in Focus: Alan BERLINER

Alan BERLINER (1956 - ) is one of the most important American independent filmmakers who won numerous awards around the world. He started making short films and installation art in the late 1970s, and finished a number of feature-length documentaries in later years. In his studio stores a huge amount of discarded film footage he collected in the early years, BERLINER sorts it into different categories and turns it into the inspiration for his work.

In terms of the subject matters in his films, they mostly come from BERLINER himself and his daily life. The issues raised in his works include family, relationship between father and son, insomnia, memory and self-recognition. He uses a large quantity of recorded images and sound and transforms them into collages and metaphors on the screen. The emphasis on editing creates a montage full of poetic images, fun and imagination. For BERLINER, the way a story is unfolded could be as enchanting as the story itself.

The New York Times has described BERLINER's work as "powerful, compelling and bittersweet... full of juicy conflict and contradiction, innovative in their cinematic technique, unpredictable in their structures... Alan BERLINER illustrates the power of fine art to transform life."


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