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Beau Travail & 5000 Feet Is the Best

Omer Fast and Tom McCarthy in conversation
Saturday 26.11.22
Beau Travail 5000 ft

Welcome to a double screening of Claire Denis' Beau Travail and Omer Fast's 5000 Feet Is The Best. After the screening, there will be a conversation between Omer Fast and novelist Tom McCarthy (in English).

The event is part of the one-day symposium The Control Panel, organized in connection with the exhibition Holding Pattern.

About the films

Beau Travail

1999 | 90 min | directed by Claire Denis | language: French, Italian, Russian with English subtitles

The film is loosely based on Herman Melville's novel Billy Budd, Sailor and a balletic study of the drill patterns, social configurations and lethal pasodobles at play during a period in the life of a French Foreign Legion corps.

5000 Feet is the Best

2011 | 30 min | directed by Omer Fast | language: English with English subtitles

The film is based on a series of interviews conducted with a former drone pilot in Las Vegas. The title refers to the optimum altitude at which a US Air Force drone can identify targets on the ground. 5000 Feet Is the Best weaves together footage of the interviews with a fictional restaging of the pilot’s narrative.

In conversation

Omer Fast is an artist and filmmaker. Born in Jerusalem in 1972, Fast grew up in Jerusalem and New York and has been living in Berlin since 2001. Among other things, he has cinematized Tom McCarthy's novel Remainder in 2015. Fast's solo exhibitions include the Pinakothek der Moderne (2020), Guangzhou Times Art Museum, (2018), Martin Gropius Bau (2016), Whitney Art Museum New York (2010).

Tom McCarthy (b. 1969) is a novelist whose work has been translated into more than twenty languages and adapted for cinema, theater, and radio. His first novel, Remainder, won the 2008 Believer Book Award; his third, C, was a 2010 Booker Prize finalist, as was his fourth, Satin Island, in 2015. In 2013 he was awarded the inaugural Windham-Campbell Prize for fiction. His new novel, The Making of Incarnation, was published in November 2021. He lives in Berlin and is the co-curator of the exhibition Holding Pattern.

See also