Since television and later the world wide web have radically altered our notion of time and space, our sense of experiencing the world has also changed. These essayistic short films from around the globe invite meditation on how we inhabit this planet, both on the surface and below.
Films screened in this combined programme
The Stability of the SystemSasha Litvintseva, Isabel Mallet IFFR 2017 17′
Haunted by Italo Calvino’s books and the land art of Robert Smithson, this audiovisual trip takes us through the volcanic landscape of Lanzarote.
A Place I've Never BeenAdrian Flury IFFR 2017 5′
The absurd wealth of typical tourist photos that can be found online allows for new forms of archaeology. A frame-by-frame reconstruction of generic behaviour.
Tempo of Tomorrow RevisitedJosh Gibson, Annie Gibson IFFR 2017 14′
In 1958, shortly before the communist revolution, a tourist film was made to promote Cuba. In 2014 the filmmakers revisited the same locations.
RemoteEva Giolo IFFR 2017 24′
The film transports to a landscape of silence and solitude, alone with the wind, eyes burnt by the light. A place that turns harshness into tenderness.
Burning Mountains That Spew FlameSamuel M. Delgado, Helena Girón IFFR 2017 14′
Immersing the viewer in the darkest corridors deep in the earth, this film suggests all sorts of underground activities, from the political to the mythical.
Colossal CaveGraeme Arnfield IFFR 2017 11′
Plato’s allegory of the cave is often read as a prefiguration of cinema. Yet this film illustrates how online gaming was born from a network of caves.