The Pyramidical Silence & The Perpetual Progeny

The Pyramidical Silence & The Perpetual Progeny

Two short films by Anders Elsrud Hultgreen: The Pyramidical Silence (2012) & The Perpetual Progeny (2015) Here is a paradox: precisely what all of Yasujiro Ozu, Woody Allen, David Cronenberg, David Lynch, John Waters, Peter Greenaway, Wong Kar-wai, Hal Hartley, Tim Burton, Roy Andersson, Wes Anderson and Paolo Sorrentino have in common is also what…

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…

Dawn

Wormholes That Turned: Sci-Fi-London 2015

First published by Sight & Sound Sci-Fi-London 15: 29 May – 5 June, 2015 Science fiction has of late been achieving stratospheric levels of attention. This year’s most lucrative tentpole titles look set to be Mad Max: Fury Road and its reemergent wastelands, a new entry in the Star Wars cycle and a seemingly endless phase of collaborative or…