Wed 21 Feb '18 - Film

Itinerant Movies #1: Lifeboat (Alfred Hitchcock)

Restriction leads to Perception

The Avantgardistic State likes to play with ideas round boundaries and recstrictions, whether cultural, physical or mental. We are delighted therefore to announce a new programme; Cinema Architecture 2018: Itinerant Movies.

The intention is to show films shot ‘entirely in a single vehicle’. This means that each film can be seen as a specific vector that describes trajectories and movements marked through a Cartesian coordinate system or simply a map. With their deliberate visual restriction, the narrative of single-set films depends on the tension between the inside (vehicle) and the outside space (landscape).

These films transport the spectator from place to place, albeit with a clear spatial reference, namely the vehicle. Sailing along the Maas river by boat, moving across New York in a limousine or flying over the Robert Smithsons Spiral Jetty in a helicopter channels the perception of the landscape in a linear way: what is left behind is the known territory, what lies ahead is the unknown. Through this process the space is revealed to the spectator gradually, building up their own memories, associations, expectations, creating their own mental map on the way.

Deconstructing and reconstructing the architectural space depicted in the film engages the spectator in an active process of discovery.

These events are FREE with a Cineville pass.

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Film #1: Itinerant Movies: Lifeboat – Alfred Hitchcock (1944, USA, 96 min)
Following an attack on a ship by a German U-Boat, the shipwrecked survivors slowly reach a lifeboat only to find themselves locked together in a seemingly never-ending situation. What follows is a taut, claustrophobic drama full of conspiracy, deception and mistrust amid the backdrop of the Second World War. The camera never jumps off the lifeboat and documents in great detail the social dynamics intertwining the characters’ lives.