SUFF 17 - DAWSON CITY: FROZEN TIME

Dir. Bill Morrison | Documentary | 120mins | USA | 2016 | Sydney Premiere

Time Sun 17 Sep, 5pm

Price Full $16 / Conc $14

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Played: MIFF 2017, SIFF 2017, IFFR 2017, New York Film Festival 2016.

One of the year’s most breathtaking experimental films, Dawson City: Frozen Time is a mesmerizing new piece from New York artist and filmmaker Bill Morrison — an immersive, archival journey through a forgotten history of North America’s rarely-seen nitrate cinema. Located just south of the Arctic Circle, the former Canadian town of Dawson City was home to an incredible discovery in 1978: 533 nitrate films from the silent era were uncovered, preserved in the frozen ground where they’d been buried and presumed lost since. Morrison chronicles the life-cycle of a singular film collection through its exile, burial, rediscovery and salvation. Lovingly recut and recycled, this lustrous footage forms a revelatory history of both Dawson City and American cinema itself, its rapturous montage — set to a beautiful score by Sigur Rós collaborator Alex Somers (Captain Fantastic) — touching on figures as diverse as Charlie Chaplin, Ken Burns and Donald Trump.

“Bill Morrison’s magnum opus. One would be hard-pressed to think of a film more haunting.” – Michael Joshua Rowin, Reverse Shot.

“The film represents a captivating time capsule that delivers a poignant paean to a long-gone cinematic era.” Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter.

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