Sans Soleil + DIAL H-I-S-T-O-R-Y Electric Cinema

Electric Cinema presents two striking examples of essay film-making Tuesday evening at the old squatted film academy at Overtoom 301: Chris Marker’s serene and mesmerising Sans Soleil against Johan Grimonprez’s unrelenting history of terrorist airjackings, Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y.

Bar at 20:00. Starts: 20:30 hrs. Last Electric Cinema program before cinema renovations and the summer break.

Nightly membership: 4 Euro
OT301 / Overtoom 301 / 1054 HW Amsterdam

Produced and presented by Emile Zile.

The guiding visual thread of the piece is the almost exhaustive chronology of airplane highjackings in the world. The soundtrack is constituted of a fictive narrative inspired by two Don DeLillo novels—White Noise and Mao II—which, for Grimonprez, highlight the value of the spectacular in our catastrophe culture. –

One connection or reflection in the movie becomes four or five in your mind as you watch Sans soleil or think about it afterwards, as if the filmmaker has sent you on a mission to find out this or that idea or bit of information (the movie is inspirational in a very concrete sense), or to consider something from a different perspective, and still another, and so on; the cinematic equivalent of a stone being thrown into a pond, wherein you are the pond. All this, and Marker still finds room for a melancholy, weary, yet strangely optimistic, exhilarating emotional texture. It also happens to be very funny at times. –