CORK CINE CLUB PRESENTS ‘SAMSARA’ ON THURSDAY 31 JANUARY
Screening in St. John’s Central College at 8pm
Winner – Best Documentary Award, Dublin Film Critics Circle
Cork Cine Club presents the acclaimed documentary, Samsara (USA), which the Boston Herald extols as “awesome, gorgeous, spellbinding” on Thursday 31 January at 8pm in St. John’s Central College.
Prepare for an unparalleled sensory experience. Filmed over a period of almost five years and in twenty-five countries, this non-verbal film transports the audience to sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial sites, and natural wonders. By dispensing with dialogue, Samsara subverts expectations of a traditional documentary, instead encouraging the audience’s own interpretations inspired by images and music that infuse the ancient with the modern.
Neither a traditional documentary nor a travelogue, Samsara takes the form of a nonverbal, guided meditation. Through powerful images, the film illuminates the links between humanity and the rest of nature, showing how our life cycle mirrors the rhythm of the planet.
Samsara is a Sanskrit word that means “the ever turning wheel of life” and is the point of departure for the filmmakers as they search for the elusive current of interconnection that runs through our lives.
Expanding on the themes they developed in Baraka (1992) and Chronos (1985), director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson approach non-verbal filmmaking with an understanding that it must live up to the standard of great still photography, revealing the essence of a subject, not just its physical presence.
Samsara was photographed entirely in 70mm film utilizing both standard frame rates and with a motion control time-lapse camera designed specifically for this project. This camera system allows perspective shifts to reveal extraordinary views of ordinary scenes. The images were then transferred through the highest resolution scanning process available to the new 4K digital projection format that allows for mesmerizing images of unprecedented clarity.
Director: Ron Fricke. USA, 2011. 99 minutes. Cert: 12A. Language: None
Other Cork Cine Club films to be shown in St. John’s Central College on Thursdays at 8pm are YOUR SISTER’S SISTER (USA) on 7 February; TABU (Portugal) on 14 February; 5 BROKEN CAMERAS (documentary – France, Israel, Palestine) on 28 February; BARBARA (Germany) on 7 March; SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN (documentary – UK) on 14 March; THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD (Albania) on 21 March; THE GIANTS (Belgium) on 11 April; A SIMPLE LIFE (China) on 18 April.
Please note there are no films on 14 February, 28 March or 4 April. Shorts may be shown before the feature film.
See www.corkcineclub.com, Facebook and Twitter for trailers, reviews and more. Tickets, €8.50/€7 (includes Cine Club membership), are sold at the door. Foreign language films are subtitled.
Cork Cine Club is supported by access>CINEMA, a resource organization for regional cultural cinema, and by The Arts Council of Ireland.