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Directions Screening #3: Utopian Landscapes
Programmer: Kaz Rahman
RT: approx. 85 min.
A mix of short films that both embody ideas of Utopia and sometimes descend into strange dystopian shadow plays. The selected films use a multitude of formats such as 16mm, animation and video-esque techniques that mirror the narratives. Both Tomasz Gwincinski’s surreal film The Shout (2018) and Nathanael Marklew’s existential film Apesh*t (2018) use the hidden, banal and mossy veneer of Plymouth as a backdrop to the inability and exasperation of moving place. In Andres Tapia-Urzua’s early work Mirror Man (1992) the viewer follows the freak/superhero/alien through interior and exterior, urban and rural from day to night. Paulina Majda’s animated film Two Steps Behind (2010) poetically summarizes the question - Why did I decide to leave my home, my street, my place, my country?
Supported by the Mayflower 400 Culture Fund and Arts Council England