Septichexen

Septichexen (2023)

Sewer systems represent the intersection of high and low, clean and unclean, where the human spirit is reduced to its bodily functions, and where everything is both poisoned and purged – which is what makes them such an evocative setting in films ranging from Carol Reed’s The Third Man (1949), Andrzej Wajda’s Kanal (1957), Shunya…

Dumpster

Hospital Dumpster Divers (2020)

“There are only three things you must never, and I mean never, forget. I call it The Commandments of Waste Recycling. The first commandment: thou shalt never be sloppy with the recycling. The second commandment: be progressive, be effective. The third commandment: sloppiness in recycling shall never occur!”   The speaker is a hospital’s Cleaning…

Devonian

Devonian Fever Trip (Devonsk Febertokt) (2019)

Anders Elsrud Hultgreen is a scape artist. His feature debut Dawn (Morgenrøde, 2014) and now its follow-up Devonian Fever Trip (Devonsk Febertokt) offer real desertscapes and rockscapes repurposed as moonscapes and mindscapes, while made to shimmer with alien otherness by all-encompassing soundscapes. His works offer escapism of sorts – that is, the escapism of defamiliarisation which makes the natural…