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18 March, 21:00, Cinemateca Union

Proiecție desfășurată în prezența: regizorului Bill Morrison

19 March, 20:30, Cinema Elvire Popesco

Proiecție desfășurată în prezența: regizorului Bill Morrison


A film archive discovered in 1978 in a small Canadian town called Dawson City is an occasion for director Bill Morrison to unveil multiple histories. On one hand, the focus is on the history of the town, whose gold reserves enriched many families at the end of the 19th century (including Donald Trump’s great-grandfathers). On the other hand, parallel to this, it follows the exciting story of thousands of reels of film – many of them considered lost forever – which, in a period when the concept of “film archive” wasn’t still born, were saved through burial, from World War Two bombardments. Morrison builds, as usual, a hypnotic atmosphere, juxtaposing all kinds of collages of moving images, some in advanced states of decay but visually spectacular, with a sound track composed by Alex Somers.

awards and festivals

2017: DocLisboa
2017: Thessaloniki IDF
2016: Rotterdam IFF
2016: Venice IFF
2016: New York FF
2016: London FF