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American Mirror

About the film

'American Mirror - Intimations of Immortality' aims to expand our ordinary perception of time as the director introduces 'a documentary on the unconscious'. From this perspective these characters -an artist, muses painted by him, the NYC society as a catalyzer- transcend the banausic pace of the world surrounding them, joining in a kind of shared visionary creative process, as if engulfed in each other’s dream. Balder lays out the dream-like narratives of both the artist and his haunting muses -main parts assigned to Susan Sarandon and Florence Faivre-, whom Tigran paints, or dreams to paint. Most reality-engaged scenes are the epitome of the everyday metropolis-world from which Tigran's innermost self wishes to stray. In fact, all that follows the opening sequence of the awakening could be interpreted as just a dream within a dream, being the whole proceedings a feverish thought-process of the still-unredeemed artist. The director draws us in with an intriguing story that actually embeds a meditation on something far deeper: the internal frictions of unconscious, never-resolved conflicts which are the true motor of creative impulsiveness. But through his presentation of the artist's self-unconscious suffering right at the beginning of the film, the director choses an artistic direction that he would follow hereafter with unwavering determination despite challenging the canons of nowadays 'conscious' documentary filmmaking until the last frame of the film.

Runtime 1 hour 1 minute
Premiere Australian Premiere

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Venue Cinema Nova

Address 380 Lygon St, Carlton VIC 3053, Australia

Date July 27, 2019

Time 11:00 pm

GenresDocs After Dark, Blockbuster / Premiere, Art Documentaries

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