Rotterdam 1998: the screening of The House will again make it clear that Bartas' films have a high walk-out coefficient. That is because they are the opposite of the narrative fast food that is always programmed in cinemas and often in film theatres. Bartas shows what precedes the story and the cerebral ordering of the viewing. Staring, hesitant, apathetic eyes that do not know how to interpret what they see. Bodies that move hesitantly and uncertainly through dark spaces. Surrealistic scenes of chaos and decay. Bartas liberates the eye and the body from the word. He submerges the viewer in a pre-verbal world. The viewer addicted to narrative cinema is liable to turn tail and run. However those who do their best and dare to sit through The House will be richly rewarded. Bartas provides the purest possible cinema. His films without a story do the same with images as a symphony does with notes. They submerge you more and more in a mood shaped by the artist.

Filmmaker
Sharunas Bartas
Premiere
-
Country
Lithuania, France, Portugal
Year
1997
Medium
35mm
Length
120’
Language
Producer
Gemini Films, Mad Filmes, Studio Uljana Kim, ARTE France
Sales
Gemini Films
Writer
Sharunas Bartas
Cinematography
Sharunas Bartas
Cast
Alex Descas