Irish Film Institute -IFI & DIFF: PERENNIAL LIGHT + Q&A


Director: Colin Hickey

81 mins, Ireland, 2023, Digital

In coastal Ireland, the memory of his best friend’s sudden death haunts a young boy even as he ventures into adulthood. Troubled by his own vortex of dark and obsessive thoughts about death, he embarks on a quest for healing and redemption. In this dialogue-free, monochromatic work, hand-drawn ballpoint animations by Paolo Chianta sit alongside improvised live-action sequences. Characters are developed in response to location, and narrative is shaped through the editing process. Hickey (The Evening Redness in the South) has described his process as one of spontaneity and flexibility, where the camera becomes an extension of storytelling, capturing the raw authenticity of the actors to create images that resonate.

Followed by a Q&A with director Colin Hickey.

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