Sunday, October 2, 2005

Britta Sjogren’s In This Short Life

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Presented in association with Film Arts Foundation

Local filmmaker Britta Sjogren’s s new feature is a deftly structured experiment in personal narrative that gracefully, almost surreptitiously, rides between fiction and documentary. Focusing on four intertwined lives—an elderly woman ambivalently embarking on an affair, a mentally unstable man facing eviction, a frustrated actor waiting for his breakthrough, and a young woman juggling personal and professional aspirations—the film portrays the small and large struggles of daily life and economic survival with enormous compassion. With all the actors playing, more or less, themselves, it also has a bitter edge. The haunting soundtrack is by Mark Eitzel and American Music Club, with original compositions by Marc Capelle and Monte Vallier. (Irina Leimbacher)