Ann Oren is an artist and a filmmaker. Her films and video installations feature characters existing in the liminal space between performers and audience. By dissolving distinctions between plant, animal and human, she asks what it is to be human in an ecosystem immersed in digital culture. Questions about intimacy, identity, and the lack thereof keep emerging through various audio-visual approaches. In her process she explores gender, fictosexuality, animality, interspecies and other forms of hybridizations. Through an initially narrative language, she leads the spectator emotionally into a space that engages critical thinking.

Her work’s institutional presentations include The Moscow Biennial for Young Art, The Hammer museum, The Tel-Aviv Museum, Anthology Film Archives, Apexart, Künstlerhaus Bethanien and Kindl - Zentrum für zeitgenössische Kunst. Festival screenings include Rotterdam, BFI London, Slamdance, Oberhausen Kurzfilmtage, Dok Leipzig, Locarno and Ann Arbor.

Ann recently finished her first cinematic narrative feature film PIAFFE, which will premiere at Locarno Film Festival this August.

 

Born in Tel-Aviv (1979), Ann studied Film (BA) and Fine Arts (MA) at The School of Visual Arts, NY. She lives/works in Berlin.

 


Studio contact: here

 


RECENT NEWS & PRESS:

PIAFFE reviewLE MONDE

"In this erotic and sexual neo-Bunuélien "pas de deux"... Ann Oren's Piaffe lit up the final days of the competition, deploying its surrealist material from a part of the cinema craft: foley artistry..."

"Néo-bunuélien, ce « pas de deux » érotique et sexuel... Piaffe, d’Ann Oren, l’un des dix-sept longs-métrages qui concourent pour le Léopard d’or, aura illuminé les derniers jours de la compétition, déployant sa matière surréaliste à partir d’un métier du cinéma : le bruitage."

PIAFFE reviewIN REVIEW ONLINE

"This is about as radical and forward-thinking as contemporary cinema gets."

PIAFFE review,  IONCINEMA

"A fantastical homage to the magical attributes of cinema and the untapped eroticism lurking within our primordial brains, Oren constructs a hypnotic exercise of metamorphic hedonism."

PIAFFE reviewINDIE WIRE

"Piaffe is its own playful and majestic beast."

PIAFFE review,  FRANKFURTER RUNDSCHAU
"Rarely has one seen such free, undefined eroticism in the cinema. At the same time, it's one of the most beautiful Berlin films, making neglected monuments like the Hufeisensiedlung in the Britz district shine. What a gift: if Maya Deren, the great American avant-garde pioneer, were alive today, she would probably make a film like this."

"Selten hat man im Kino eine so freie, undefinierte Erotik gesehen. Zugleich ist es einer der schönsten Berlin-Filme, der vernachlässigte Denkmäler wie die Hufeisensiedlung im Ortsteil Britz zum Strahlen bringt. Was für ein Geschenk: Wäre Maya Deren, die große amerikanische Avantgarde-Pionierin, heute noch am Leben, dann machte sie wohl einen Film wie diesen."


 

PIAFFE review,  CINEUROPA

"..Ann Oren captures the audience’s imagination by way of an elegant and poetic work which urges us to take a critical look at our relationship with “normality”.

10 Must-See Movies at the 2022 Locarno Film FestivalINDIEWIRE

"This is a sexy, queer and questioning gem."

PIAFFE premieres at

Locarno Film Festival

August 11

PASSAGE

Bucharest International Dance Film Festival

September 8-11

PASSAGE

Festival ephemerer Kunst

Lichtspiele-Theater, Olten

August 19+20

BLUE and THE MIDDLE–SCHOOL SYNDROME

on view @ Electronic Language International Festival – FILE

Galeria de Arte do Sesi, São Paulo

July 13th- to August 28th

PASSAGE

wins first prize @ Shortwaves Film Festival, Poznań

Dances with camera competition

June, 2022

Jury's statement:

For the compelling disruption of the relation between body, sound and camera. The director well managed to shape an alluring character that strongly connects to the audience. The cinematography discloses with subtlety the texture of the body.
 

DEAD BODY POSE

will screen at Hamburg Short Film Festival / DEUTSCHEN WETTBEWERBS 2

2+3 June 

DOTS

will screen at Ann Arbor Film Festival March 22-27, 2022

DOTS

will screen at Frauen Film Festival Filmforum NRW, Cologne, April 1, 2022

VDB Film distribution

Passage, Blue and The World is Mine and others.

After_______

Two person show

Ann Oren & Amy Sarkisian Cindy Rucker Gallery New York January 6, 2021 - February 12, 2022

(in post-production)

PIAFFE

a feature film

Produced by Schuldenberg Films

Funded by BKM

PASSAGE receives best video art & experimental award Tirana International Film Festival, 2021

"For the creation of a metamorphic line that passes from the filmmaker to the character, and from the character to cinema itself."

 

PASSAGE receives the grand jury prize for experimental short, Slamdance Film Festival, 2021

"A stunning cinematic exploration of genre and identity, Passage combines rich 16mm photography with crisp

sound designed to create a sensual and startling viewing experience, immersing you so deeply in its world of foley sounds and gender defying centaurs. The jury were unanimous in their love for Oren’s impressive shots, and proud to name it as the best experimental short of Slamdance 2021."

PASSAGE receives an honorable mention  Onion City Experimental Film & Video Festival

RECENT PRESS:

Video introduction to the exhibition Passage Kindl - Zentrum für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Berlin, 2020


Passage - Interview Le polyester  2020

Passage on Tagesspiegel 2020

The world is mine - TV interview Roim Olam  2018

Hatsune Miku: The hologram star who conquered the world
Ha'aretz 2018

The World is Mine: Orbiting a Virtual Star The arcade project  2018

The world is mine - interview New horizons film festival 2017

The supreme spasm - Pierrot, and our staging of desire
. Lumi Tan, 2016