Sans Soleil + Black
Sans Soleil is an important film not so much for its place in history—as one of the all-time most influential film essays—but because it shows the complex joys, pains, contemplation and sensuality that cinema has the power to convey. Whether revisiting it once again or coming to the film anew, it reveals strikingly heartrending images, vibratory aural stimulation and the unshakeable humanity of the many anonymous human and animal beings positioned in front of the camera lens.
Like all of Chris Marker’s films, Sans Soleil is at once a collaborative collage and an utterly personal vision. One of the film’s opening lines (“if they don’t see happiness in the picture, at least they’ll see the black”) became an invitation to include Anouk De Clercq’s short 35mm film Black, which should be shown at the beginning of every cinema screening.
This screening will be introduced by guest curator Herb Shellenberger.