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8 - 14 February 2024: Ben Rivers: Collected Stories followed by Q&A


To mark the recent publication of Collected Stories, we’re delighted to welcome Ben Rivers to introduce a selection of his short films all presented on 16mm. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Rivers, hosted by Fireflies Press editor Giovanni Marchini Camia.  

The Coming Race, 2006, 5 min, 16mm
Ah, Liberty!, 2008, 19 min, 16mm
A World Rattled of Habit, 2008, 10 min, 16mm
Things, 2014, 21 min, 16mm
Origin of the Species, 2008, 16 min, 16mm  

Collected Stories is, as implied by the title, a collection of stories, curated by Ben Rivers. Fiction and poetry have always been an essential source of inspiration for his filmmaking. On the occasion of the retrospective Ghost Strata, and other stories, held at Jeu de Paume in Paris in November 2023, he decided to bring his films in conversation with writers who have influenced him over the years.

Rivers invited fourteen authors to watch one of his films and respond in writing in any way they wished. Imaginative and surprising, the fables, essays and poems of Collected Stories come together in a beautiful celebration of the work of one of contemporary cinema’s vital artists, doubling as a testament to the reciprocal nature of inspiration.

The authors of these collected stories are Gina Apostol, Chloe Aridjis, Kevin Barry, Xiaolu Guo, Golan Haji, M John Harrison, Daisy Hildyard, Nathalie Léger, Vanessa Onwuemezi, Helen Oyeyemi, Iain Sinclair, Irene Solà, Lynne Tillman and Marina Warner.

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