Thursday, May 2, 2002

Gianikian & Ricci Lucchi: Cinematic Explorers

Program 4: On The Heights All Is Peace and Transparencies

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Due to projection problems last February, we have rescheduled this program of our Gianikian and Ricci Lucchi series, co-presented with Pacific Film Archive. Using footage shot in the Alps between enemy countries Italy and Austria-Hungary during World War I, On The Heights All Is Peace hauntingly conveys the slow waiting, work and despair of war. Through the “wounded body of the nitrate material”, the filmmakers give life to the ‘soldier-man’­ on both sides of the invisible front. The Italian images were shot by Luca Comerio (From the Pole to the Equator), and the film is accompanied by a hypnotic original score, with lyrics based on soldiers’­ letters and diaries. Preceded by Transparencies, a loving look at the damaged state of this very found footage material. (Irina Leimbacher)