Deimantas Narkevičius

Akademie der Künste | Pariser Platz

“We put images and sounds together, but we never discuss with the audience, with people, what it means to do this.” English director Peter Watkins thus describes every filmmaker’s predicament, in Deimantas Narkevičius’s DVD projection The Role of a Lifetime, 2003. Narkevičius, who questions the documentary genre, has found the subject of a lifetime in Watkins, whom he interviewed in Lithuania, where the filmmaker now lives. This self-imposed exile reflects Watkins’s professional ostracism, which began in 1966 when the BBC banned The War Game, his vision of nuclear warfare. In works like Punishment Park (1970) or La Commune (Paris 1871) (1999), Watkins has challenged what he calls the “monoform”: cinematographic editing that reduces disparate visual and acoustic parts to a narrative whole.

Both interviewing and honoring Watkins, Narkevičius undoes the monoform by putting together images and

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