Irish Film Institute -THIS OUR STILL LIFE


Director: Andrew Kötting

57 minutes, U.K., 2011, Colour, D-Cinema

A new film by Kötting is cause for celebration and his deliciously eccentric latest is a lovely portrait of the artist’s daughter as a young woman living in their tumbledown Pyrenean farmhouse. Last seen in Gallivant (1996) as a plucky kid touring the coastline of Britain with her Big Granny Eden, she is shown here painting still lifes and singing along to the radio as the seasons ebb and flow around her. Reminiscent of Stan Brakhage’s Dog Star Man, this lo-fi marvel features music by Scanner’s Robin Rimbaud. 

“The film moves through the four seasons, but mostly it’s a flickering and wilful impression of family life, characterised by found footage edited together with Kötting’s thoughts and a moody score by Scanner. There’s a sadness running through the film’s reflection on time passing on periods of melancholy, but there’s also joy at familial love and, above all, the bond between a father and daughter.” (Notes by Dave Calhoun/Time Out London.)

This screening will be followed by an on-stage interview with Andrew Kötting.

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