Part of our ongoing Film Portal series, Chris Houkal brings us one of Chantal Akerman’s earliest short films, La Chambre, in which she meditates on a room, some furniture, a few apples, and a bedridden woman.
Part of our ongoing From the Vidéothèque Vault series, Chris Houkal explores Alexander Sokurov’s Confessions (1998). Shot aboard a Russian Navy ship in the late 90’s, this five-part epic is a strikingly beautiful, achingly sad meditation on desperation and loneliness on the high seas.
Description: Filmmaker, photographer, writer, musician, “the prototype of the twenty-first-century man” (according to Alain Resnais), the 90-year-old Chris Marker is recognized as all of these things. But animal lover needs to be on that list, as well. Upon being asked for a photograph of himself, the artist has frequently offered up one of his cat, […]
Description: A short experimental film comprising footage of, well, ceremonies, rituals, and processions in an island country. The visual track is often looped, slowed down, or sped up, giving the film a hypnotic quality that distances it from ethnography. That feeling is heightened by the audio, which, at times, sounds more like out of sync […]