1999 / 16mm / color / sound / 1S / 9' 00

With SPARKLEHORSE, Gariné Torossian returns to the collage style of filmmaking she explored in earlier films such as VISIONS, GIRL FROM MOUSH and DROWNING IN FLAMES. The film is divided into three distinct sections: "Happy Man", "Good Morning Spider" and "Hundreds of Sparrow". "Happy Man" suggests a friendship conducted always at a distance - none of the images is presented without formal distancing through color, collage and printing techniques while the soundtrack combines a "repressed" musical track with the poignant sound of telephone messages: "Call me back when you want to". The brief second section, "Good Morning Spider", acts as an interlude, providing variations on a primitive scratched image of a spider, with a quiet, eerie musical accompaniment. The final section, "Hundreds of Sparrows", returns to the theme of a (intimate?) relationship. Its images of birds echo the words of the poem/song that is spoken/sung on the soundtrack: "You are worth hundreds of sparrows". Sound and image together invoke the idea of a surreal form of exchange value, in which one living thing may be taken in exchange for others. SPARKLEHORSE is a film that conveys subtly and with characteristic poetry the way people communicate with and value each other in a world of spiraling mediation.


distribution format 16mm
screen 1,37 - Standard (single screen)
speed 24 fps
sound optical sound
original language English
rental fee 30,00 €