Saturday, April 10, 2004

Trinh and Bourdier's Night Passage

San Francisco Art Institute

Co-Presented with Film Arts Foundation

Writer, composer, theorist and filmmaker Trinh Minh-ha consistently challenges her audiences with each new work, constantly shifting the ways in which she critically engages with the form and spirit of cinema. Long celebrated for her essay films that transform viewers through their exquisitely articulated deconstruction of our cinematic expectations (Reassemblage, Surname Viet Given Name Nam), she has also worked in experimental narrative. Her newest piece, Night Passage, co-directed with Jean-Paul Bourdier, is a digital tale made in homage to Kenji Miyazawa’s novel, Milky Way Railroad. Three young characters go on a journey into the land of ‘awakened dreams,’ moving between the train that carries them and the mysterious places of inner longing and existential reflection in which they stop, each elegantly depicted through a different artistic approach. (Irina Leimbacher)