Versogramas, the 2017 film directed by Belén Montero, is apparently the world’s first documentary about videopoetry, and as such, it’s likely that viewers may come to it with heightened expectations which will not be fulfilled. Taken on its own terms, however, I found it a delightful romp with a few glaring defects. It has great potential as a teaching aid in the poetry or film classroom—especially if, as I hope, its official web release is accompanied by links to all the videos and videopoets in the film. It’s also available as part of a bookDVD from Editorial Galaxia (which I have not seen).
Für den 2. Weimarer Poetryfilmpreis wurden nominiert:
Film des Monats April 2017 • The poetry film »The wolf fearing the wolf / Die Angst des Wolfs vor dem Wolf« (2014) by Juliane Jaschnow and Stefan Petermann is a good example of how a narrative poem can be (re-)imagined without falling back on illustration. How a simple, clear visual form can create multiple layers. How sound and color can steer the atmosphere without being intrusive.
A reflection on the 2016 ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival in Münster, Germany.
Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel über den Neustart des ZEBRA Poetry Film Festivals in NRW