CITADEL

by John SMITH
2020 / HD / color / sound / 1S / 16' 05




Filmed from the artist’s window during lockdown, CITADEL combines short fragments from British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s speeches relating to coronavirus with views of the London skyline. Recognising the government’s decision to place business interests before public health, it relocates the centre of power from Parliament to the financial district of the City of London. Presenting the city as a site of both horror and aesthetic beauty, the film documents the dramatic effects of changing light conditions upon its architecture. Shifting its focus from the city’s gleaming skyscrapers to the inhabitants of the dense urban housing that lies in their shadow, CITADEL contrasts faceless corporate power with the particularities of individual lives.

"Typically incisive and playful, CITADEL is an urgent film of the Covid era: a subversive city symphony made in confinement, critical of the status quo, responding with wit and humanity to the reigning chaos." - MUBI

Commissioned for "Paranoia TV" by Steirischer Herbst '20, Graz, Austria

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distribution format Digital file on server (HD)
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
original language English
rental fee 65,00 €

distribution format Digital file on server (HD)
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
original language English
translation French (Embedded subtitles)
rental fee 65,00 €

distribution format Digital file on server (HD)
version streaming version
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
original language English
translation French (Embedded subtitles)
rental fee 65,00 €

distribution format Digital file on server (HD)
version streaming version
screen 16/9 (single screen)
speed 25 fps
sound sound
original language English
rental fee 65,00 €