special-event-ana-barbour-films-and-hukkle-nov-11thAs well as the “Artists’ Cinema” shorts included this season, we welcome Oxford artist Ana Barbour to present two of her films:

EYE 1 – “My two worlds. A journey observed.”
FOOTAGE – “A film exploring what’s in a footstep.”

Hukkle (hiccup in Hungarian) is the soundtrack to this comic and surreal film as we follow events starting with a hiccupping man sitting on a bench. We are drawn into a village’s life, through the wildlife and inconsequential events of the day, and then discover a dead body. But where are the hidden clues to unravel the mystery? (Cert 12A)
Dir: György Pálfi 74 mins Hungary 2002

Programme Notes

Thursday, 11 November 2010

UK 2008 and 2010 5 minutes each

These two films were directed by local artist, Ana Barbour. Ana is an independent dance artist specialising in improvisation, site-specific work, cross-art collaborations, and more recently, dance film. Tonight’s films are part of that work. They do not follow the narrative format of mainstream film-makers, but are more of a sharing of the artist’s experience of situations and experiences. Viewers are invited to share in those experiences. The films were made with the help of Oxford Film and Video Makers (OFVM).


Performers – Ana Barbour and others

Director – Ana Barbour
Cinematography – Ana Barbour and Peter Green
Music – Malcolm Atkins
Post production – Ana Barbour, OFVM


Performers – Cafe Reason and others

Director – Ana Barbour
Cinematography – Peter Green
Music – Malcolm Atkins
Post production – Ana Barbour, Dariaz Dziala, OFVM

Hungary 2002 74 minutes Cert. 12A

Hukkle in Hungarian means hiccup, for reasons that become clear in the film. Here we have another film without any dialogue, although there is certainly a narrative of a sort. The location is a rural village – a kind of pastoral movie, but far from idyllic. Everything seems to exist in order to be eaten! A cruel, surreal but comic world. Of course there is murder involved.

“… Pálfi invites us into a cruel world where everything’s struggling for survival and everything is liable to be munched on by something else.” Jamie Russell, BBC Movies

Csuklik bácsi – Ferenc Bandi
Rendõr (Policeman) – József Forkas
Bába (Midwife) – Józsefné Rácz
Méhész (Beekeeper) – Ferenc Nagy

Director – György Pálfi
Screenplay – György Pálfi
Cinematography – Gergely Pohárnok
Original Music – Balázs Barna and Samu Gryllus
Producers – Csaba Bereczky and András Böhm




“Eye / I: Beautiful and dreamlike. Footage: Less absorbing”

“Ana Barbour’s films gave us a stimulating experience, with their close-ups of various parts of human anatomy. (They made a good accompaniment to Hukkle, which broke your mind by the time the credits rolled!)”

“Both films visually arresting – nice to see work that is not intended to arouse fear, lust, anger … Both reminded me of the very early film makers enjoying the pleasures of microphotography, time-lapse and camera tricks just for fun.”

“The two shorts were extremely interesting – bold and innovative and clearly part of a continuing creative process.”

“Eye / I: Visually pleasing in many places but unclear what it was about. Footage: Very imaginative, well made and better than I would have thought possible for a film featuring nothing but feet! Made more sense than the other two films.”

“What an evening of close-up photography! Eye / I: I enjoyed the contrast between the up close and distant views.”

“Eye / I: A good sight of what you normally miss. Footage: The mechanics of the foot made visually beautiful.”

“I enjoyed watching both shorts for their interesting view of anatomical detail but did not detect a theme in either.”

“Nice visuals – shame about the soundtracks”

“Eye / I: I could only dimly discern the theme. Footage: I enjoyed its very graphic images and the visual rhythms.”

“Eye / I was just redeemed by Footage – at least the dialogue in it was comprehensible.”

“Eye / I: The music detracted from the video footage in my opinion. Footage: I thought it needed more variety on the ground.”

“The dancers obviously did not look after their feet!”


“A lovely film”

“Wonderfully filmed, with fantastic images and observation of life in specific locality. Humour and darkness – [real] life, in fact.”

“A beautiful mishmash of sound and vision which showed that you didn’t need a plot or script to make an entertaining film.”

“Fantastic photography – very evocative. A bit too long.”

“Visually arresting – nice to see work that is not intended to arouse fear, lust, anger …”

“Like the shorts, a great head [mind?] stretcher.”

“Broke your mind by the time the credits rolled.”

“Fascinating, if mostly incomprehensible – splendid photography.”

“Beautifully filmed but what was it all about?”

“I’m lost for words!”

“An interesting complementary set of films. Full marks for the animal photography.”

“Very fascinating, with wonderful face close-ups”

“What?? Entertaining and original but sometimes too slow and confusing in places. The plants they were picking looked like Lily of the Valley not Belladonna (although LotV are still poisonous enough).”

“Had some nice imagery. The closing credits music was good but [there were] no other redeeming features.”

“Difficult to follow when there was so little incident or directorial objective – slow panning has its limitations.”

Interesting in terms of their way of life and culture but should have been a 30min short

“An interesting view of life in another land.”

“Interesting to watch but I’d have to see it again to find out who did what.”

“In Hungary, a sneeze is supposed to preface a tall story but a hiccup … ?”

“What’s the Hungarian for ladybird wrangler? I can’t wait for the Hollywood remake with Brad Pitt!”

“As we finished at 9.30pm, it would have been very interesting to have heard people’s views of Hukkle and what everyone made of it.”

“Yawn …”