Bunte Kuh
Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour, Ryan Ferko
6 min | HD | Germany & Canada | 2015

Through a flood of images and impressions, a narrator attempts to recall a family holiday. Produced in Berlin and Toronto, Bunte Kuh is a collaboration between Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour, & Ryan Ferko which combines a found postcard, family photo album, and original footage to weave together the temporal realities of two separate vacations.

Bunte Kuh is a gripping, complex film, in large part because of the fundamental relations we can immediately draw from the editing and organization of the piece. This film toggles rapidly between two discrete image-sets, working not only to forge an implicit dialectical connection, but also to perhaps go even further and blend the pictures in our minds, generating a kind of third image. Now, lots of avant-garde film artists work this way, but not all of them do so in the interest of concrete material relationships. Its three makers are introducing a bracing variation on Godard’s old “here and elsewhere” concept.The complication here is that everyone is “elsewhere,” off on a different form of travel plan. Bunte Kuh takes as its source material the audiovisual stuff of vacations: home movies, postcards, and photo albums. What we see is a conceptual showdown between exoticism (initially typified by close-ups of circling koi) and the banalities of European tourism (standing in squares, looking up and taking pictures; riding on trains). In the first part of the film, Ferko and the Anoushahpours match the quick edits to a recording of fireworks, implicitly linking the two distinct locales by fake firepower, entertainment’s tame version of ordnance. Later, as a voice reads a postcard about the mundane pleasures of travel, we recall that having nothing significant happen is a rare privilege.

–Michael Sicinski, MUBI

Bunte Kuh, film stills

Bunte Kuh, excerpt


  • What the Complete Image Could Be: Works by Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour, Ryan Ferko, Microlights, Milwaukee, USA, Sept 29, 2019, info: http://microlightscinema.com/


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Parastoo Anoushahpour, Faraz Anoushahpour, Ryan Ferko