As John Akomfrah's critically acclaimed film installation Vertigo Sea reaches its final fortnight here at Arnolfini our Production Assistant James Sargent has taken a closer look at the films that the artist finds inspirational.
Criss-crossing the global and personal perspectives in World Cinema see John’s choices below along with some extra reading to find out more...
The Battle of Chile, Patricio Guzmán, 1975 (Chile-Cuba-France)
A three part chronicle of the political tension in Chile 1973, and of the violent counter revolution against the democratically elected government of Salvador Allende.
Read more: Patricio Guzmán’s Tribute to the Producer of the film, Chris Marker - What I Owe to Chris Marker
Subarnarekha (the Golden Tread), Ritwik Ghatak, 1965 (India)
Set in a refugee Colony, this is the final part of Ritwik Ghatak’s Partition of India trilogy around the socio-economic implications of Partition.
Read more: Megan Carrigy Senses of Cinema article on The Great Director
A City of Sadness, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 1989 (Taiwan)
The Director evokes a chaotic period of Taiwan's history in the story of a single family in the upheaval and rebellion after the Japanese surrender the Taiwanese colony to China 1945.
Described as ‘heart stoppingly beautiful’ Hou Hsiao-Hsien’s latest film The Assassin, is showing in cinemas now.
The Hour of the Furnaces, Octavio Getino and Fernando Solanas, 1968 (Argentina)
A key activist film from the 1960’s, outlawed by the Military and mobile screened by the filmmakers groups Grupo Cine Liberación (The Liberation Film Group).
Read more: Nicole Brenez’s Article in Sight and Sound Light my fire: The Hour of the Furnaces
Sans Soleil, Chris Marker, 1983 (France)
A Quintessential essayist filmmaker. Meditating on time and memory, through stock footage, voiceover and his own 16mm footage.
Read more: Jonathan Rosenbaum Personal Effects: The Guarded Intimacy of Sans Soleil
"Many of the films that I have selected from the Arts Council Film Collection can be seen as sites of convergence. The most successful ones are those where the meeting of different art forms has a transformative impact on all of the elements involved." John Akomfrah, 2015
Vertigo Sea screens here at Arnolfini to April 10. Admission is free. Find out more.