2018 Triennial Archive

Dane Komlijen

Transformer Station
1460 W. 29th Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
Wed–Sun: 11–5, Thurs: 11–8


FRONT Film Program


Showtimes: Fridays July 27, August 3, August 17, August 24, Sept. 7, Sept. 14 & Sept. 28 at 3:00 pm

Total run time: 23 min.

Many years ago, the cities by the river were gripped by a contagion. Things started to change and everything slowly became something else. It was not clear if transformation was a symptom of the disease or a way to escape it. The contagion touched everything and everyone: animals and plants, stones and soil, men, women and children, their thoughts, their dreams, their memories. An old woman once told me how all memories turn into trees, I could hardly make out what she was saying. She said she could hear the trees singing: To be a body, to be any body. After the years of contagion ended, the cities appeared untouched. One had to look hard to see the traces of the previous time. If one could listen to the trees, what would they say? A way out, a way out?


Dane Komljen and James Lattimer: All Still Orbit, 2016

Showtimes: Sundays August 5, August 26, & September 16 at 3:00 pm

Total run time: 23 min.

All Still Orbit links together two apparently unrelated moments in the construction of Brasília: the dream by an Italian saint used to justify its creation and a small city built by the workers constructing the new capital to house them and their families. How do you make sense of a city built on a dream? Are all dreams made equal? Sometimes a documentary can feel like a fairy tale.

Artist Biography

Dane Komljen, born in 1986 in SFR Yugoslavia, studied film directing at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts, Serbia and contemporary art at Le Fresnoy, France. His short films have been shown and awarded at the Fesival de Cannes, Locarno Film Festival, IFF Rotterdam, FID Marseille, Sarajevo FF and the Lincoln Center in New York. All the Cities of the North, his first feature, premiered in 2016 at the Locarno Film Festival and was then shown at the New York FF, Mar del Plata IFF, IFF Rotterdam, FICUNAM, Jeonju IFF, … The film appeared in the best of year lists of Film Comment, Cinema Scope, Sight & Sound and many more and is about to receive a limited US theatrical release. Phantasiesätze, his last short film, premiered in 2017 at the Locarno Film Festival where it won Fundación Casa Wabi – Mantarraya Award and was then shown at Toronto IFF, NYFF. Films include: 2017 Phantasiesätze, 2016 All the Cities of the North, 2016 All Still Orbit, 2015 Our Body, 2014 A Surplus of Wind, 2013 Tiny Bird, 2011 Bodily Function, 2010 I Already Am Everything I Want to Have