Almost There is an existential crisis, made gorgeously cinematic. All right-angle compositions, half-light and fluorescence, Zünd’s camera follows three men as they negotiate the last years of their lives.

In the United States, a city slicker wanders solo around the frigid countryside, leaving voice messages for someone who never answers.

In Tokyo, a retired salaryman gets used to his now-empty days in the world’s largest city. And in bleak Blackpool, a down-on-her-luck drag queen and comedian decides to leave grey Britain for a solitary life in a sunny Spanish resort.

The sum of these three narratives is a poetic triptych that confronts mortality, aging, purpose and loneliness; a piece of cinema assured in its gloominess and texture, deep and affecting as a lush glass of red wine.

Swiss Focus

In 2017, Visions du Réel in Nyon, Switzerland hosted a Focus on South African documentary production and thus, in keeping with this spirit of cultural dialogue, Encounters in partnership with Swiss Films, will host a showcase of contemporary Swiss documentaries at the Festival this year. Two Swiss filmmakers, Heidi Specogna and Laurence Bonvin, will showcase their work and participate in the Encounters Industry programme.

Cape Town
V&A
Mon 5, 6.45pm
Johannesburg
Bioscope
Fri 2, 7pm
Director(s):
Jacqueline Zünd
Country:
Switzerland
Year:
2016
Duration:
80 minutes
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