Harun Farocki is a footballer. Not primarily, of course; not professionally. Harun is one of the world’s most esteemed documentary filmmakers and has been an important figure in German cinema for over 40 years, even before Cahiers du Cinéma published an essay asking ‘Who is Farocki?’ back in 1975. The current season of Farocki documentaries at the newly-opened Point Centre for Contemporary Art in Nicosia (seven films, running till February 15) is a major event. Yet, in addition to making sharp, often political cine-essays, the thin bespectacled man sitting opposite me in the lobby of the Holiday Inn has also played football, turning out for the same (amateur) Berlin team every Saturday for 25 years, work permitting.
‘What position did you play?’ I ask.Read More