28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Return to Reason
Return to Reason
Return to Reason

Return to Reason

director: Man Ray, Jim Jarmusch
original title: Return to Reason
country: France
year: 2023
running time: 70 min.


Four early black and white films by avant-garde filmmaker Man Ray experiment with the possibilities of cinematography. They combine live-action sequences with almost psychedelic animations, translate literary poems onto the screen and blur the line between abstraction and reality. A live soundtrack rock by duo SQÜRL from Centre Pompidou adds a new dimension to these century-old cinematic experiments. Ambient noise, slow beats and an electric guitar stand in dynamic dialogue with Ray's visual language, sometimes through contrast and sometimes through juxtaposition. A bridge between the past and the present that evokes a powerful visual-acoustic experience.

“If you see a train, Man Ray probably would rather you hear the ocean. So, it’s very dreamlike, and we have a lot of freedom in there.” — Jim Jarmusch

Source: Interview.com


Man Ray (1890–1976) was one of the most important artists of the avant-garde. He was born in the USA but lived most of his life in Paris. He worked in painting, photography, collage and film. Jim Jarmusch (1953), born in the United States, is a film director, screenwriter, actor and producer. He is part of the avant-garde rock duo SQÜRL.

more about film

director: Man Ray, Jim Jarmusch
producer: Marieke Tricoire, Julie Viez
skladatel: Jim Jarmusch, Carter Logan
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Creative Europe Media
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Česká televize
Český rozhlas