Night of The Hunter (dir. Charles Laughton) and Crystal World (dir. Pia Borg)
Kinomuzeum invites you to an exciting double bill: the new short film by Pia Borg alongside the cult film of American film noir - The Night of the Hunter.
Pia Borg uses stop-motion film and live-action choreography to explore fantastical modern and historical visions of the future in which protagonists play mysterious and often unsettling roles. Through combining contrasting time periods, together with disparate cultural references and symbolism, Borg plays with aspects of recall and memory, creating ambiguity between the actual and the virtual. Her new film takes inspiration from J.G.Ballard’s dystopian science fiction novel, The Crystal World. In Borg’s version a crystal growth is ‘animated into life’ and invades scenes from the iconic 1955 film, The Night of the Hunter. The layering of animation and real film footage creates a disorientating prismatic environment, encouraging reflection on time and reality. The Night of the Hunter, a masterpiece of American cinema, will follow shortly afterwards. With its elongated shadows, stylized dialogues, distorted perspective lines and surrealist scenographies set in puritan America of Depression era, the film is regarded as one the vestiges of expressionist film noir with Robert Mitchum’s brilliant performance.
Crystal World (2013) premiered at the Rotterdam Film Festival and recently won the Best Experimental Film award at the Melbourne film festival.