The Night We Fell + Between My Flesh and the World’s Fingers
Location: Bartos Screening Room
With Talena Sanders in person
Dir. Cille Hannibal. Denmark. 2018, 43 mins. In Danish with English subtitles.When her photographer stepfather dies in an unexpected accident, the filmmaker trains her camera on her mother as she processes her grief and goes through her late husband’s belongings. As her stepfather’s boxes are slowly opened and packed away, the heartbreak takes on different forms. Yet the loss also begins to strengthen the bond between the women left behind. Mother and daughter mourn together and separately, with the filmmaking process simultaneously bringing them closer together while also affording Hannibal an observational distance. This debut film is a poetic and beautifully sound-scaped portrait of mourners who refuse self-pity, a film that captivates in its refusal to give grief a narrative. U.S. premiere.
Preceded by: Between My Flesh and the World’s Fingers (Dir. Talena Sanders. 2018, 31 mins.) Inspired by queer proto-feminist turn of the century writer Mary MacLane, director Talena Sanders creates a dreamy, incantatory essay film. A tactile collage of MacLane’s still bold diary entries, archival material, recreation, and contemporary landscape photography of MacLane’s Butte, Montana, the film melds past and present, biography and autobiography, iconoclasm and experimentalism. New York premiere.
Preceded by: That Time in Hawai’i (Dir. Jeff Reichert. USA. 2018, 3 mins.) A Hawaiian snorkeling trip makes for a disjunctive cine-poem, contrasting a lush pastel undersea-scape with sounds of breathing and swimming, and creating a delicate tension between consciousness and immersion. World premiere.
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