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March 28th – April 2nd, 2017 / Cinema Muzeul Țăranului & Cinema Elvire Popesco / the 7th edition

IN THE FUTURE THEY ATE FROM THE FINEST PORCELAIN

Directed by: 
LARISSA SANSOUR & SØREN LIND
29'
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Friday, March 31, 2017 - 20:30
Cinema Elvire Popesco - Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 18:30
Written by: 
Søren Lind
Cast: 
Pooneh Hajimohammadi, Anna Aldridge, Leyla Ertosun
Cinematography: 
Thomas Fryd
Editing: 
Daniel Martinez, William Dybeck Sørensen
Sound: 
Tom Sedgwick
Music: 
Aida Nadeem
Producer: 
Ali Roche
Production: 
Spike Film and Video
Romanian Premiere
With the support of

In a barren desert landscape, a lone figure walks among the memories of civilization, while on voice-over we hear her participate in an open and intimate therapy session. She is a narrative terrorist, whose intervention in the future throws a spanner in the cog-machine of historical determinism and entitlement by depositing archeological artifacts for future generations to uncover and legitimize their existence as a disappearing people. Settled among her otherworldly CGI dreamscape of cut-out figures of Western and Eastern culture and politics, the saboteur of history engages her therapist - and us along with them - in breaking down the construction of national identity and dominant historical narratives. In a film where silence and words fall with the same gravity of fragility as porcelain bombs, transcendence turns emotions to abstraction and the personal becomes political. (Andrei Tănăsescu, BIEFF 2017)
Director: 

Larissa Sansour & Søren Lind

Larissa Sansour was born in 1973 in East Jerusalem, Palestine, and studied fine arts in London, New York and Copenhagen. Her work is interdisciplinary, immersed in the current political dialogue and utilises video, photography, installation, the book form and the internet. Central to her work is the tug and pull between fiction and reality.  Sansour’s work has featured in the biennials of Istanbul, Busan and Liverpool. She currently lives and works in London.
 
Søren Lind (b. 1970) is a Danish author. He writes children’s books and literary fiction. With a background in philosophy, Lind wrote books on mind, language and understanding before turning to fiction. He has published a novel and two collections of short stories as well as four children’s books. In addition to his literary production, Lind is also a visual artist and writes short film scripts. LIND lives and works in London.
 
Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind have worked together on numerous occasions. Lind usually provides the scripts for Sansour’s films, just as he contributed a sci-fi story for SANSOUR’s 2009 graphic novel The Novel of Nonel and Vovel, a collaboration with artist Oreet Ashery.

Contact: 
info[at]larissasansour[dot]com
Festivals, awards: 
  • Berlin International Film Festival - Forum Expanded 2016
  • Dubai International Film Festival 2015
Curatorial comment:
In a temporal twist, as suggested by its title, In the Future They Ate From the Finest Porcelain tells the story of an intervention into the future perception of a territory’s political history.

A self-proclaimed narrative resistance group makes underground deposits of elaborate porcelain – suggested to belong to an entirely fictional civilization. Their aim is to influence history and support future claims to their vanishing lands. Once unearthed, the buried tableware will prove the existence of this counterfeit people. By implementing a myth of its own, their work becomes a historical intervention – de facto creating a nation.

The film takes the form of a fictional video essay, combining live motion and CGI, and taking clues from archeology, politics, and science fiction. A voice-over based on an interview between a psychiatrist and the leader of the narrative resistance group about her thoughts on myth and fiction as constitutive for fact, history, and documentary reveals the philosophy and ideas behind the group’s actions. (Forum Expanded, Berlin International Film Festival 2016)