Location: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Clio Barnard. 2010, 94 mins. Digital projection. The Arbor is a formally audacious, emotionally wrenching true story of late English playwright Andrea Dunbar and her troubled relationship with her daughter Lorraine. Director Clio Barnard recorded audio interviews with family, friends, and neighbors from the housing projects where the Dunbars lived, then had actors lip-sync to these voices and re-enact recollected scenes. The effect is provocative and disorienting, and serves as a rigorous attempt to reckon with the past, recognize the fault lines of family and sanity, and grapple with the unknowable. Nominated for four Cinema Eye Honors awards, and winner of Best Debut Feature.
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