Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 221: Fri Aug 9

Silence (Collins, 2012): BFI Southbank, NFT3, 6.20pm

This London Film Festival hit is on an extended run at BFI Southbank. Tonight's 6.20pm screening will feature a Q&A with the director, Pat Collins. More details here.

Here is the BFI Soutbank introduction: A real ‘find’ from last year’s BFI London Film Festival, this mesmerisingly beautiful first fiction feature from documentarist Pat Collins explores the relationships of sound and image, land and language with enormously rewarding results. In what seems a featherweight fiction firmly grounded in reality, the sound-man protagonist (Bhríde) is first found recording trams and traffic in Berlin; almost at once, he’s off on a project back in his native Ireland, trying to find and record locations devoid of man-made noise. But as he wanders the quiet byways of Connemara in springtime, listening to birds and insects, wind and water – not to mention any inquisitive or chatty locals he encounters – he comes to reconsider what it might mean to be ‘quiet’... At once lyrical and droll, meditative yet strangely pacy in its pleasingly meandering journey towards a haunting conclusion, Collins’ film – one of those rarities that really makes us listen – touches lightly but tellingly on a range of related topics to do with place, time, memory, notions of home and, more particularly, Ireland itself, past and present, real and mythical. A film to lose oneself in, a film to cherish.
Geoff Andrew

Here is the trailer.

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