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87'

Canada, 1994

Production : Andreas Zuest, Grimthorpe Film

Programmed by Christian Mathieu Fournier

English

French


Science



Synopsis


A mesmerizing tale about a filmmaker’s journey to Canada’s arctic in search of one of Earth’s greatest natural wonders: the aurora borealis, or northern lights. While combining glimpses of the characters who live in this remote environment with the crew’s comic and absurd attempts to deal with the extreme cold, the film reveals the paradoxes involved in trying to capture the natural wonder of the northern lights on celluloid. Exploring the tension between nature and technology and between science and myth, Picture of Light reveals how our increasingly connected world threatens to render obsolete our individual and authentic experiences.

Tënk's opinion


“Picture of Light” attempts the improbable task of capturing “the sky’s ghosts”. At the crossroads of different perspectives – the film crew’s perspectives of themselves and each other, restless and excited about this unprecedented road-trip (3000 miles northward in a straight line), with equipment from a bygone era – on celluloid, what joy! And simultaneously, perspectives of the land they pass through to, in the end, embrace the night-time light using the technical prowess of the camera.
During the interminable wait, the crew members have no choice but to get to know one another and offer up the director’s narration. After telling us that the northern lights are like fleeting thoughts, his soliloquies guide us, enveloping us in the sometimes stifling, frightening darkness that sets the tone of this film. And the accompanying sound design plays an undeniable and majestic role.

Christian M. Fournier
Filmmaker

 

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