Experimental filmmaker Dean Kavanagh’s latest work is a genre-defying exploration of the cinematic apparatus. The film concerns a character (played with corporeal intensity by Cillian Roche) who happens upon a group undergoing bestial metamorphosis. Narrative is not at the forefront of what is essentially a sensory onslaught, a complex and thrilling film that is sonically and visually stunning with disturbing performances from Roche, Anja Mahler and John Curran.
A film that demands to be seen in a cinema environment, critic Fergus Daly describes it as “a film-animal, repetitively clawing out its singular territorial space.”
An exciting addition to the catalogue of underground films made by Kavanagh and colleagues over the last decade heralding a new direction in Irish cinema.
Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn
120 minutes, Ireland, 2017, Colour
15.40, 17.20, 20.50
A HIDDEN LIFE
ARCHIVE AT LUNCHTIME JANUARY 2020: PROG 2
IFI & SILK ROAD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2020: TOMMASO + Q&A
13.00, 15.20, 18.10
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