The artist duo Soda Jerk, founded in Sydney in 2002 and based in New York since 2012, were most recently celebrated at this year's Berlinale and are showing their two spectacular mid-length main works and two older shorts at INTERFILM. Their high-speed sampling is as breathtaking and hilarious as it is ingenious! The politicization of images is addressed with documentary impetus: The films reveal how images spread, who gains from them and how they can be cast in a new light. Due to the use of unauthorized material, they can only be shown at festivals. And so the siblings travel to festivals all over the world. Both SODA JERK screenings at INTERFILM will be accompanied by a cosy chat and Q&A with their long-time supporter Bartholomew Sammut (Founder XPOSED Queer Film Festival Berlin, Programme Manager Berlinale-Panorama, TEDDY Award Coordinator).
Cinestar Kino in der KulturBrauerei
Soda Jerk // Australia // 2022 // 68:58 min
Hello Dankness satirizes the psychotropic spectacle of American politics from 2016 to 2021 in hundreds of film samples. The film follows a neighborhood through these years in the guise of a suburban stoner musical. Consensus reality dissolves into conspiracies and other contagions. Hotdogs debate the culture wars, dumpsters preach QAnon, zombies gather for revolution and real-life events are recast as Broadway smash hits from Cats, Les Miserables, Annie and The Phantom of the Opera. There is singing and dancing, moments of menace and melancholy, shitposting and deep sincerity. Lenth: 69 min