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Frames of Representation: FoR Short #1

Frames of Representation: FoR Shorts #1

23 Apr 2018

A programme of three short films followed by a Q&A with directors Pedro Peralta (Ascension) and Rafael Ramírez (Amundsen’s Dogs) and producer Michał Białożej (Zhalanash).  The Q&A will be hosted by film journalist and critic at large Wendy Ide.


Ascension (Ascensao)

The term sublime is not overused, Ascensão is an invitation to a rare journey. - Fabien Gaffez, La Semaine de la Critique

At dawn a group of peasants tries to rescue the body of a young man from the bottom of a well. At the centre of it all, a mother anxiously awaits her son's salvation, until finally his body emerges from the earth.

Part of influential Portuguese film collective TerraTreme, director Pedro Peralta plays with the language of the spiritual only to complicate this frame. Ultimately, there is no transcendence here, only the enduring natural landscape: unpredictable, generative, ongoing.

Ascension (Ascensao), dir. Pedro Peralta, Portugal 2016, 18 mins, Portuguese with English subtitles

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Amundsen’s Dogs (Los Perros de Amundsen)

Rafael Ramírez connects the avant-garde and the political in this intertwining of fiction and documentary... - Carlos Gutiérrez and Cecilia Barrionuevo

Drawing on the story of Arctic explorer Ronald Amundsen, this film delves into a landscape which seems to defy human comprehension and classification. Interweaving footage of frozen wilderness, the stories of those who did not survive their expeditions and the words of writers inspired by the Arctic, the film meditates on the creative force of this vast landscape's enduring strangeness, reflecting on our fascination with those worlds we cannot know.

Amundsen’s Dogs (Los Perros de Amundsen), dir. Rafael Ramirez, Cuba 2017, 27 mins, Spanish with English subtitles 

Empty Shore (Zhalanash)

Zhalanash is a haven where modernity is dominated by tradition… - Anna Bielak

Once one of the world’s biggest lakes, today the Aral Sea has all but vanished. This haunting, beautifully-shot work focuses on what remains in an area that was once flourishing. Fishing boats erode in the dusty desert, a lonely camel wanders an empty street and an old woman quietly stares at her birthday cake. Empty and dry, the land stretches out as far as the eye can see.

Best Short winner award at IDFA '17

Empty Shore (Zhalanash), dir. Marcin Sauter, Poland 2017, 40 mins, Russian/Kazakh with English subtitles

IDFA 2017 | Trailer | Zhalanash - Empty Shore

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Frames of Representation (FoR): New Visions for Cinema 2018 is presented in academic partnership with CHASE (Consortium for the Arts and Humanities South-East England)

Supported by the Portuguese Embassy in London

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