Plymouth Arts Cinema will be showing 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?
The event is supported by the Mayflower 400 Culture Fund and Arts Council England, and tickets are available from https://plymouthartscentre.org/whats-on/directions-screening-3-utopian-landscapes/
Still from Apesh*t, Nathanael Marklew, 2018
Short Films and videos: Tomasz Gwincinski (UK), Paulina Majda (Poland), Nathanael Marklew (UK), Kaz Rahman (Canada/UK), Andres Tapia-Urzua (USA), Gautam Valluri (India/France)
Programmer: Kaz Rahman
Running time: approx. 85 minutes.
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