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IFI & EXPERIMENTAL FILM CLUB: MEMORIES OF AN UNBEATEN CHILDHOOD

In this month’s programme two contemporary filmmakers, Julius Ziz and Louis Benassi, celebrate the films of American artist Joseph Cornell. Cornell is more widely known for his sculpture work from the 1950s, but he also made mysterious and beautiful found footage films between the 1930s and the ‘70s, three of which – The Midnight Party, The Children’s Party and Cotillion – feature here. These films often explore themes of childhood memories, dreams and fantasy. 

In their first film, Memories of an Unbeaten Childhood, Benassi and Ziz create a world as seen through the eyes of a young adolescent boy. Sitting by a river he examines bacteria living in the water, revealing a phantasmagoria of found and archive footage depicting the conditions of life and the world. Arc Arial is a pynchonesque meditation on cinema, politics, and the eye in the sky.

FILM INFO:
Memories of an Unbeaten Childhood: 17 mins, Ireland-U.K., 2012, Colour, Blu-ray; Arc Arial Trilogy: 40 mins, U.K., 2011, Colour, Blu-ray; The Midnight Party, The Children’s Party & Cotillion: 19 mins, U.S.A., 1940s-1969, Colour, Black and White, 16mm

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