Thursday 9 May
Presented by Open Colour
Tickets: Free / Donation
Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania
Jonas Mekas, Lithuania/USA, 1972, 82 minutes
In tribute to filmmaker, poet and champion of underground cinema - Jonas Mekas.
Pioneer of the diary film, Mekas confirmed the 'home movie' as a film form in itself. Reminiscences is one of the finest examples of intimacy ever put on celluloid.
Completed in 1972, it's a film journey in search of a place to call ‘home’ - a place to which everybody returns as to the central point of his or her life.
As Mekas writes, “The film consists of three parts. The first part is made up of footage I shot with my first Bolex, during my first years in America, mostly from 1950–1953. It shows me and my brother Adolfas, how we looked in those days; miscellaneous footage of immigrants in Brooklyn, picnicking, dancing, singing; the streets of Williamsburg.
"The second part was shot in August 1971, in Lithuania. Almost all of the footage comes from Semenis¹kiai, the village I was born in. You see the old house, my mother (born 1887), all the brothers, goofing, celebrating our homecoming. You don’t really see how Lithuania is today: you see it only through the memories of a Displaced Person back home for the first time in twenty-five years.
“The third part begins with a parenthesis in Elmshorn, a suburb of Hamburg, where we spent a year in a forced labor camp during the war. After the parenthesis closes, we are in Vienna where we see some of my best friends—Peter Kubelka, Hermann Nitsch, Annette Michelson, Ken Jacobs. The film ends with the burning of the Vienna fruit market, August, 1971.”
‘Transcendental experience of dream-like reminiscences. Beautiful, so beautiful, so real and human. A Journey back into Mekas' own memories. This pearl is essential to watch. Please do.’ Lex Lucas MUBI Notebook