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BILL BROWN
Confederation Park


Country: USA
Year: 1999
Duration: 32'
Direction: Bill Brown
Screenplay: Bill Brown

 

Festivals

  • Screening Committee Award for Narrative Integrity and Most Promising Filmmaking Award, Ann Arbor Film Festival, 2000
  • Premio Texas, USA Film Festival, Dallas, 2000

Spanish premiere

Sinopsis

“Bill Brown makes reference to "the secret languages of exile," and while this reflective, even somber film presents a pastiche of places across Canada where Brown has lived, its real subject is the limits of knowledge. Its long takes are accompanied by verbal meditations on the nation's recent history, including the separatist bombings in Quebec during the 60s, and the battle between English and French becomes a metaphor for the filmmaker's divided mind. Brown applies stickers with city names to a huge outdoor map of Canada, his voice-over suggesting that ‘we've found our place in the universe’ as a result of the ‘Copernican revolution’ but then the stickers are blown away by the wind. Brown implies that images are insufficient: we need to know their history, their locations, their meaning. But landscapes can't be fully decoded, nor past events captured on film: in the final shot a woman sings, ‘I don't know where he's headin' for,’ while a car travels in a circle”. Fred Camper, Chicago Reader.

PROMOTED BY
Gobierno de Navarra Cultura Navarra
ORGANIZED BY
NICDO
WITH THE AIS OF
Ayuntamiento de Pamplona Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Huarte Teatro Gayarre
Fundación Caja Navarra Planetario de Pamplona Filmoteca de Navarra Acción Cultural Española
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