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Launch Fireflies #4: Pedro Costa / Ben Rivers

03 november 2016,

‘What is your dream, when it comes to publishing Fireflies? What is your ideal?’
‘Uh, earn? To make a living out of it?’ Giovanni laughs.
‘If I might add to that,’ Annabel grabs the mic, ‘one of my dreams basically already came true. When we interviewed Claire Denis for our third issue, she was thusly smitten with the interview she let us know she kept reading it over and over again before going to sleep – "I don’t deserve this!" – and in thanks she sent us a postcard of her reading in bed, drinking a glass of wine, smoking. That was it, really.’

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The first of November we hosted an evening with the Fireflies crew in Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum to celebrate the launch of their fourth issue. Editors Annabel Brady-Brown and Giovanni Marchini Camia came straight to us from IMPAKT festival in Utrecht carrying a Mac with their own playlist inspired by a compilation of movie fragments from Ben Rivers and Pedro Costa – the featured directors of issue four – that we showed on the TV screen. Sat down on some pillows, they were interviewed by Helen Westerik, film critic and connoisseur.

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They spoke of their ambitions in publishing Fireflies, as well as their aims of opening up the world of film criticism to a broader public. ‘It sometimes seems people are scared to talk about film intellectually, but they shouldn’t be.’ That’s what they also try to do in their magazine,  they publish a broad range of interpretations on film – whether in cold-hearted criticism, interviews, fiction or even poetry and visuals. Anything is possible in Fireflies, and there’s no judgement necessary. Talk about film. Don’t be afraid to say the wrong thing – there aren’t any. More subjects were covered, like the 7-hour (!!) interview with Pedro Costa, who, apparently, loves to talk, talk on design, paper, publishing and so much more.

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Fireflies is a biannual film magazine published in Berlin. Each issue assembles an international group of writers, artists and critics to celebrate the work of two extraordinary film directors through personal essays, creative responses, and exclusive interviews with the filmmakers. Sitting somewhere between an informative career retrospective, a provocative symposium, and an offbeat creative homage, Fireflies passionately expands the possibilities of film criticism. We invite audiences to discover and explore treasures of global cinema through a beautifully designed print object. We also throw launch events, screenings, and talks. Issue #4 contributors include film critics Leo Goldsmith, Adrian Martin, Max Nelson, Tara Judah and Michael Sicinski; anarchist philosopher John Zerzan; poets Rebecca Foust and Lucas de Lima; fiction writers John Crowley, A.L. Snijders (translated).

Do listen to the Fireflies playlist.

You can buy your copy at the Nieuwscentrum or order it here.

 

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