The Slow Business of Going

  • 101'
  • Greece
  • 2000
Petra Going is a migrant cyborg working for Global Nomad Project. With a rocking chair on her back she travels the world to collect the experiences of other people while being deprived of memories herself. Shot in different cities around the globe, Athina Rachel Tsangari's debut is an off-beat combination of fiction, theatre, documentary, poetry and experimental cinema. Petra constantly changes cities and hotels, and her exuberant non-stop trip turns into an original reflection on rootlessness, amnesia and longing which define the postmodern identity and new tabula rasa. As her ex-colleague Micah says reproachfully: Petra is a 'professional tourist'. Micah stopped travelling because she couldn't cope with living a `borrowed life'. She wanted a home. For Petra, home is `the capacity to keep going on without looking back nostalgically'. Also see Chevalier in Voices Main Programme.
Director
Athina Rachel Tsangari
Countries of production
Greece, USA
Production Year
2000
Festival Edition
IFFR 2016
Length
101'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Athina Rachel Tsangari, Matthew Johnson
Production Company
Haos Film
Sales
Haos Film
Screenplay
Athina Rachel Tsangari
Cinematography
Deborah Eve Lewis
Editor
Matt Johnson
Sound Design
Jeremy Fleishman, Matt Johnson, Juan Diaz
Music
Mark Orton, Tin Hat Trio
Cast
Micah Magee
Website
http://haosfilm.com/en/works/films/the-slow-business-of-going