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sun vision

by Barbara STERNBERG
2019 / 16mm / color-b&w / mute / 1S / 43' 00

There were two initial impulses for the film: the paintings of John Turner (whence the bracketed title ”sun vision”) whose almost-not-there paintings dovetail with the space I find myself in at this stage of life: at the frontier between youth and old age, not all-is-still-to-come but not all-is-over yet either; and the spirit-filled paintings of Emily Carr, particularly her later swirling treetops and skies.

Untitled #1 is a film of liminal thresholds, borders, amorphous states - sky, clouds, fog, lake, snow. A film in motion - camera gestures and emulsion activity. People and seasons pass in the daily repetitive cycles- repetitions and reprises and beginnings again - sameness amidst the fleeting. Blurring, merging - the world as it is forming and disappearing…Not nothing, everything.

“Everlasting and powerful is the theatre of life, without substance, but forever in motion, forever doing battle with death.” Hermann Hesse

“The tree alone resisted our eternal flux. “ Virginia Woolf

“…you stand embedded in a substance made of repeated moments run together…” Virginia Woolf

The film speaks to the shifting changes from youthful summer’s high activity to faded wintry old age - and calmer waters. Every ending moves to a new beginning.


distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound silent
rental fee 141,00 €