Programmed by Éva Tourrent
The United States today. Whether they’re in a city’s storm drains, a desolate desert or on a simulated trip to Mars, men and women are doing what they must to survive between endless misfortunes and dreams of an elsewhere, either real or imaginary.
“The next day is not promised” Dave reminds himself every evening as he watches the sun set. Like Dave, who lives alone in an old bunker in the middle of the desert and speaks directly to God, all the characters are survivors. For them, American society has already collapsed, and the desert has become this post-apocalyptic place where they invent new homes for themselves. They lurk on the margins and talk to us of both the war in Iraq and a consumer society going to hell in a handbasket as they “dumpster dive” for its scraps. From the eerie beauty of the lights of Las Vegas to the pure elegance of ghosts rising up in the darkness, this essay with its hypnotic soundtrack and cinematographic images speaks to us, ultimately, of love, resilience and humanity.
Tënk artistic director