27th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
300 metres long, 85,000 tonnes, 6,200 containers of cargo. The Kinloss is one of the largest ships in the Danish Maersk Line's fleet of tankers, which traverses the world's oceans and handles the global circulation of goods. The filmmaker shot the tons of steel moving between Busan and Shenzhen as both a wasteland inhabited by a few human beings and an industrial monument to the cold beauty and helplessness of the advanced phase of consumer capitalism. Fragments of cabins, decks, engines, massive ropes and breathtaking views of the sea complement the depersonalised narratives of a cosmopolitan line-up of employees of the world's largest transport corporations.
"What are we thinking? Have vessels gotten too large? Containers being jettisoned overboard, delayed transits due to terminal congestion and let us not forget the long line of vessels at many ports waiting for a berth." (Jon Monroe, transportation consultant)
Q&A with Alice Doušová:
biographyAlice Doušová (1980) studied at Chelsea College of Art and lives and works in London as a documentary filmmaker and designer. In the Czech Republic, she was behind the Artyčok.tv art project, in England she has been working on architecture, making conceptual videos for galleries and museums, and original work. She is the founder of the production company Zuketa.
more about film