Lacan Palestine

  • 70'
  • Canada
  • 2012
The foundation of Palestine has a long and difficult history, characterised by a continuing battle for the right to exist. In this cinematographic essay, entirely composed of found-footage material, the history of a land without land is sketched, with its painful relationship with its neighbour Israel.
Epic scenes from features, iconic news footage of historic moments, the ever-changing map of Israel, video art by Velcrow Ripper, Elle Flanders and Dani Leventhal, but also very personal recordings of everyday survival, are linked together by the psychoanalytic reflections of filmmaker Mike Cartmell, based on his own painful personal history. From his background as an adopted child, he wonders when you become someone, and how society can emerge from individuals; he compares the functioning of a complex society with that of John Coltrane’s jazz combo, in which even five super-egos managed to achieve harmony. In Mike Hoolboom’s view of Palestine, love and violence exist side-by-side, as a matter of course.

Director
Mike Hoolboom
Premiere
World première
Country of production
Canada
Production Year
2012
Festival Edition
IFFR 2012
Length
70'
Medium
Betacam SP NTSC
Language
English
Producer
Mike Hoolboom
Sales
Mike Hoolboom
Cinematography
Philip Hoffman
Editor
Mike Hoolboom
Music
Machinefabriek
Cast
Mike Cartmell
Website
http://mikehoolboom.com