23rd Annual Minneapolis - St. Paul International Film Festival



Amelia (Non-fiction Features)
2004 - Canada - 60 minutes

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DIRECTOR: Eduoard Lock
CAST: Andrea Boardman, Nancy Crowley, Mistaya Hemingway, Keir Knight, Chun Hong Li, Jason Shipley-Holmes, Billy Smith, Zofia Tujaka, Bernard Martin, Naomi Stikeman

Part Edward Muybridge, part The Matrix Revolutions, choreographer Édouard Lock tackles the inherent problems in transferring a dance to film, and manages to shed the artificial trappings of filmed ballet. Originally conceived for the stage, Amelia with Montreal based dance troupe La La La Human Steps, is a rapid-fire, sometimes jarring, but ultimately beautiful combination of form and movement. Departing radically from the "filmed theater" approach, the performers are placed in a wooden set that encloses them on all four sides, effectively removing the fourth wall, and giving the piece an unnerving claustrophobia that pulsates through every frame. Dancers fly across the screen creating a tableau of visual poetry unmatched in recent cinema. Édouard Lock formed the dance troupe La La La Human Steps in 1980 under the name Lock-Danseurs. The group appears regularly in its hometown of Montreal and all over the world. Lock has earned an international reputation, developing a unique choreographic language through the wild and impassioned bodies of his dancers. Preceded by the short: The Body Cartography Project: Seawall Director: Olive Bieringa & Otto Ramstad Created on the shores of lake Superior in Grand Marais, Seawall is part of series of short dance films and performance site works created throughout Minnesota by the Body Cartography Project. Olive Bieringa & Otto Ramstad co-direct the BodyCartography Project. Their work has appeared in public spaces and on screens internationally with over one hundred & thirty performances to their credit. -AHS

PRODUCER: Pierre Touchette, Bob Krupinski
CINEMATOGRAPHER: Andre Turpin
EDITOR: Eduoard Lock
MUSIC: David Lang, Lou Reed
PRINT SOURCE: La La La Human Steps

Tuesday, April 12 5:45pm Lagoon Cinema
Thursday, April 14 3:15pm Lagoon Cinema


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