It’s time to get ready for the first Field Recordings event of 2023! Tonight we will screen a piece that’s been on our radar for quite some time: Geographies of Solitude by Canadian filmmaker Jacquelyn Mills and the short film Light of Light, fresh off the Tiger Shorts competition of IFFR 2023.
Geographies of Solitude
directed by Jacquelyn Mills
2022, Canada, 103 min.
GEOGRAPHIES OF SOLITUDE is an immersion into the rich ecosystem of Sable Island, guided by naturalist and environmentalist Zoe Lucas who has lived over 40 years on this remote sliver of land in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. Shot on 16mm and created using a scope of innovative eco-friendly filmmaking techniques, this feature-length experimental documentary is a playful and reverent collaboration with the natural world. Zoe leads us among wild horses, seals and bugs, through peaks, valleys, roots, sands, weathers, seasons and stars. The intangible is evoked with hidden sounds and vanishing light. Much like a field book, the film tracks its protagonist’s labor to collect, clean and document marine litter that persistently washes up on the island shores.
Light of Light
directed by Neritan Zinxhiria
2023, Greece, 12 min., no dialogue
Geographies of Solitude will be preceded by Light of Light, a short by Neritan Zinxhiria which premiered last month at the Tiger Shorts competition of IFFR. The film is set in the landscape of the monastic state of Oros Athos, where current practices echo century-old traditions. Zinxhiria skillfully interweaves a 90 year old photo series by a monk with contemporary black and white 8mm material. The result? A magical journey through time and space.