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The Image You Missed

Donal Foreman
IRL, FRA, USA 2018
73min
V'18

Ein Filmbrief an einen Abwesenden, von einem Filmemacher über die Zeiten hinweg an einen anderen gesandt. Seinen Vater hat Donal Foreman nie wirklich näher kennengelernt. Der politische Dokumentarfilmer Arthur MacCaig (1948-2008), bekannt unter anderem für seine Nordirland-Chronik THE PATRIOT GAME (1979), war ein „filmmaker in solidarity with a community in opposition to astate“. Die IRA und die „troubles“ waren sein Lebensthema, an einem Familienleben hatte er kein Interesse. Nach seinem Tod erbte der Sohn sein altes Filmmaterial und sucht darin nun den Vater – und ein Stück gemeinsamer Geschichte. (Robert Weixlbaumer)

In Anwesenheit von Donal Foreman.

 

In a faraway land called the 1970’s, US-born Paris resident Arthur MacCaig was an internationally well-known activist-filmmaker whose works were created as partisan acts of political support; which is to say: There was Good and Evil in the world, with MacCaig telling you through films like THE PATRIOT GAME (1979) what was what and why; they did things differently there and then, no doubt … Who were these people who made films that tacitly supported acts of killing for causes deemed just and worthy? In the case of Donal Foreman, this man was his father – one he barely knew; activism meant more to him than family. THE IMAGE YOU MISSED is Foreman’s attempt to understand MacCaig’s ideals-driven life and work. The stress needs to be on “try”, as his father’s films make him feel above all the abyss between them: Static-distorted images of IRA soldiers marching into a bar and telling the chanting patrons that they need everybody’s cooperation to harm and hurt the Occupier as badly as possible puzzle him above all. THE IMAGE YOU MISSED is in the truest sense of the word an essay: results are neither desired nor reached – it’s all about the process, the act of making sense, one heart’s one mind’s journey. (Olaf Möller)

In the presence of Donal Foreman.

Credits
  • Arthur MacCaig
  • Donal Foreman
  • Maeve Foreman
  • Ernest Larsen
  • Donal Foreman
  • Andrew Kirwan
  • Arthur MacCaig
  • Seán Brennan
  • Donal Foreman
  • Donal Foreman
  • Ohal Grietzer
  • Michael Buckley
  • Christopher Colm Morrin
Donal Foreman

Donal Foreman

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