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.
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.
- Mon 5, 6.45pm
- Fri 2, 7pm