Mark LaPore: 'A portrait of North Kolkata (Calcutta), this film searches the streets for the ebb and flow of humanity and reflects the changing landscape of a city at once medieval and modern.' Bodies emerge from vaporous passageways, figures traverse flooded streets. Silver packets dance as if sentient, humans linger somnolent or at the tempo required by their trades. Calcutta, an actual city like all cities nestled on the meridian between the imaginary and the mundane, is here immersed in a pandemonium of sonic distortion, the cawing of scavenger crows, the mad repetitions of competing pitches and a toxic reduction of Beethoven fit for the realms of intersection between capital city and carrion. (MM)

Filmmaker
Mark LaPore
Premiere
International premiere
Country
USA
Year
2005
Medium
16mm
Length
30’
Language