THE YEAR OF THE EVERLASTING STORM

THE YEAR OF THE EVERLASTING STORM

2021 (USA) 115 minutes

Directed by: Anthony Chen, David Lowery, Jafar Panahi, Laura Poltras, Dominga Sotomayor, Malik Vitthal, Apichatpong Weerasethakul

This COVID cinematic omnibus, consisting of seven films made by directors from different parts of the world, begins with the telling quote from Robert Bresson, “One does not create by adding but by taking away.” The filmmakers attempt to treat pandemic-imposed limitations as existential and artistic opportunities. Features appear alongside experimental documentaries and fiction while precisely composed shots recorded from FaceTime or Zoom. Perhaps it is no coincidence that the opening story is by Jafar Panahi, a veteran of isolation and house arrest, who looks at the crisis with stoic calm: just another duel of fear and death with a thirst for freedom and life. The other directors deal with the pandemic in various ways, observing its impact on the family, but also on cybersecurity, revealing the power of other, invisible but equally deadly viruses. The compilation ends with Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s breathtaking miniature, or rather installation. The poetic, nocturnal tale of an illegal gathering under fluorescent lamps takes us into a different dimension of cinema and reflections on the pandemic. 

Premiere – 2021 Cannes Film Festival
Nominated – Golden Eye – 2021 Cannes Film Festival

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