The Middle of the World is one of several screen collaborations between Swiss filmmaker Alain Tanner (Jonas Will be 25 in the Year Two Thousand, In the White City) and English critic, novelist and poet John Berger (Ways of Seeing, Pig Earth). Tracing the trajectory of a love affair between a Swiss politician and an Italian immigrant working as a waitress, the elegantly structured story is ruptured by a series of meditations on the nature of time and change, and it has been described as “one of the few convincing, truly modern treatises on the nature of love, but a love not divorced from the contexts of politics, class and geography” (PFA). Preceded by Tensile (1995), a short silent film by Mark Wilson.
EARLY EVENING EXPERIMENTAL
Sundays, 5:30 pm SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE
Program #2 – March 15
Common Loss by Doug Haynes
A Colour Box and Trade Tattoo by Len Lye
Recreation, A Man and His Dog Out for Air, Gulls & Buoys and Fist Fight by Robert Breer
Necromancy, The Subtle Flight of Birds and Lun by Steven Dye