Ghost Strata

V'19

Ghost Strata

Ben Rivers
GB, 2019
Features, 45min, OF

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Ghost Strata

Ben Rivers
GB, 2019
Features, 45min, OF

Sat
26
Oct
16:30
Metro, Historischer Saal
Screenplay: 
Ben Rivers
Sound: 
Ben Rivers
Camera: 
Ben Rivers
Editor: 
Ben Rivers

Production: 
Ben Rivers
World Sales: 
LUX
Format: 
DCP
Color and Black/White

Ben Rivers’ films tend to look outward at the larger world. GHOST STRATA is no exception. But to a somewhat different extent, it also looks in. A film diary, it reflects his globetrotting ways, existing in the margins of his otherwise outward-bound filmmaking style. So landscape plays a huge role, and in fact the film takes its title from a geological concept. As a scientist explains in the film, “ghost strata” are theoretical layers of time. When you see the strata of sedimentary rock, you are given to understand that the space around that rock, the very space you occupy, was once filled with earth as well. Rivers composes the film as a calendar, with 12 sections, one for each month of the year of its making. Across the running time of GHOST STRATA, Rivers’ travels are summed up in sometimes small, metonymic ways: a sunset over a mountain, a set of photos of a trashed dormitory space, a group of hands in close-up dislodging objects from the mud of tide pools. As a counterpoint to these scenes, Rivers layers in audio clips of poems or shows us outtakes of his own films. One gets the sense that these are half-formed memories, a bit like Kristen Johnson’s CAMERAPERSON or Thomas Heise’s MATERIAL, experiences that could have become films in themselves but didn’t, or snapshots too precious to burden with the weight of a beginning or an ending. (Michael Sicinski)

With PRINCESA MORTA DO JACUÍ
In the presence of Ben Rivers.

Ben Rivers: WE THE PEOPLE (2004, K), AH, LIBERTY! (2008, K), THIS IS MY LAND (2008, K), ORIGIN OF THE SPECIES (2008, K), I KNOW WHERE I’M GOING (2009, K), SLOW ACTION (2011), TWO YEARS AT SEA (2011), SACK BARROW (2011, K), THE CREATION AS WE SAW IT (2012, K), A SPELL TO WARD OFF THE DARKNESS (2013), THE FILM THAT BUYS THE CINEMA (2014), MOHAMMED MRABET (2015), THE SKY TREMBLES AND THE EARTH IS AFRAID AND THE TWO EYES ARE NOT BROTHERS (2015), A DISTANT EPISODE (2015, K), THE HUNCHBACK (2016, K), WHAT MEANS SOMETHING (2016), THE SHAPE OF THINGS (2016), THE RARE EVENT (2018, Ko-Regie), TREES DOWN HERE (2018, K), NOW, AT LAST(2019)