Free Screening: UN LAC with director Philippe Grandrieux in person
November 1, 2012
SCREENING: UN LAC, with director Philippe Grandrieux
Thursday, November 1, 7 pm
Q&A with the director to follow
If Sombre is a fairy tale inside a horror film and New Life a modern myth about a trip to the underworld, A Lake has the profound simplicity of a folk tale. A family of woodcutters lives in an isolated cabin in the mountains until one day a young stranger arrives who is the same age as the two oldest children in the family. The calm and quiet of A Lake is just as radical as the audiovisual assault of Grandrieux’s first two films, with a number of extreme close-ups used to capture the intense tenderness of lives lived with much unsaid, but not unexpressed. The precursors of such cinematic attention to affect are Murnau, Dreyer, Bresson and Tarkovsky, but the use of light and shadow, sound and silence is uniquely Grandrieux.
Grandrieux’s first two full-feature films, Sombre and La Vie Nouvelle, demonstrate his profound and radical exploration of image, sound and narrative structures. Drawing on both genre movies and experimental film, and using narratives and an iconography that draws on archetypes (often from fairy tale and legend), Grandrieux’s work offers the viewer intense sensorial experiences and a deep psychological involvement, expressing a world of energies, embedded in and manifesting the most powerful of sensations and effects.