Capital Celluloid 2024 — Day 31: Wed Jan 31

Darkness, Darkness, Burning Bright (Rouard, 2022): Cafe Oto, 7.30pm

Cafe Oto introduction:
Sonic Cinema presents a unique screening of Gaëlle Rouard’s atmospheric film diptych Darkness, Darkness Burning Bright, projected by the artist from her personal 16mm print.

Unfolding across two acts, Prelude and Oraison, Darkness Darkness, Burning Bright is a personal and poetic work full of expressive solarized nightscapes and pastoral unreality. The film draws us into a  crepuscular landscape, where animals and plants appear luminous and rendered in chiaroscuro, with the movements playing out through a series of tableau vivant composed from the combination of photochemically manipulated still and moving images. Produced using found sounds and drawing on the traditions of musique concrète and cinéma pour l’oreille (cinema for the ear), Rouard’s soundtrack oscillates between supporting ambience and pronounced narrative emphasis. Gaëlle will be in conversation with Simon Field following the screening.

Programmed by Oliver Dickens for Sonic Cinema.

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