26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival
On the way to Syracuse
director: Patrick Bokanowski
original title: Vers Syracuse
running time: 5 min.
A prosaic record of a trip to the beach presented as a series of captivating, abstract scenes reminiscent of moving impressionist paintings. The camera is not being used to represent reality, but rather to reimagine it. Shots of people sunbathing and horses galloping along the coast reveal a picturesque quality of everyday life not seen very often, if at all.
French filmmaker and visual artist Patrick Bokanowski (1943) has made a number of internationally acclaimed short experimental films and animations since the 1970s. His 2018 film Soar (French: L'envol) was awarded a Special Mention by the Jury of the Fascination section at Jihlava IFF.
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