A personal film about lithuanian refugee Jonas Mekas, who, in
Music: Matthias Schuster, Das Institut, Geisterfahrer, Peter Brötzmann, Saal 2, Bürgermeister Der Nacht, Auguste Varkalis, Now We Are Here Band, Jonas, Julius Ziz ...
Guests: Sebastian Mekas, Hollis Melton, Oona Mekas, Jim Jarmusch, John Waters, Julian Schnabel, John Leland, Michael Stipe, Andy Lampert, Vyt Bakaitis, Steve Buscemi, Lillian Isabella, Patti Smith, Allen Ginsberg, Phong Bui, Indra Drevinskaitè, Heike Geißler, Anne König, Mario, Holger Steen, and friends, horses, cows and happy birds
23.Jan 2023… after Berlin-premiere “Jonas In The Fields” at Arsenal-Kino, Berlin:
Many many thanks and acui labais to all filmfriends, Christian Hiller (who organised a lot, and made fotos in a jiffy), Milena Gregor &Arsenal Kinoteam, great to see son Sebastian, his wife Justina, his mum Hollis, and the attentive and warmhearted audience! The show for Jonas In The Fields was a wonderful evening…, Jonas surely would have liked it, we miss him a lot…, very much..., and then… there were some good drinks later, cheers, and i sveikata! …yes… Long Live Cinema! (PSe)
The premiere, 2.nd
Oct.2021, in the beautiful old Metropolis Kino, at the 29th Filmfest
"Dear Peter, I just watched "Jonas in the Fields.” It’s a wonderful film. I loved it! I could watch it again and again. You covered so much—and Jonas is so happy, so funny and wise. ... " (Hollis Melton, wife-ex of Jonas, and mother of Sebastian und Oona Mekas, August 2022)
Thanks to Arsenal-Kino. Quite well, I remember the premiere with Jonas at the Berlinale, Filmforum-section,
in the old, huge, beautiful Delphi-Filmpalast, full house. At first I was wondering about the length of 4 hours…, the film started… and then I was only wondering about the film.
Time was not important…, ..the way Jonas Mekas worked, was it work..., or playing?…,
I could see, hear and feel the flowing… of his pictures, sounds, music, rhythm, …his voice… – his voice like music, very present…, carries you into his world…,
with a kind of directness and simplicity, lightheartedness, and deep criticism, looking for the real…, “I want it real!”… and with kindness and humour… ,
Wim Wenders called Jonas the ‘James Joyce of movies’.., Peter Beard called him the ‘Picasso of film’,
and then wonderful when Jonas often said: “I am a farmer-boy”…, and raised his glass of wine…, aciu labais!, y i sveikata!... :)
(P.Sempel), Wednesday, 25.Jan2023., “ As I Was Moving Ahead
Occasionally I Saw Brief Glimpses of Beauty”,
LONG LIVE ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES!!...
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