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Distant Constellation

Date: Monday, November 26, 2018

Time: 7pm

Location: Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA

Director: Shevaun Mizrahi

Film Details: 80 minutes, 2017, USA/Turkey/Netherlands, color, in Turkish/English/French with English subtitles, DCP

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Winner of the FIPRESCI Prize at the 2017 Viennale “for the way it explores the notion of time both literally and metaphorically, and makes use of a retirement home in Istanbul as a microcosm of the 20th century”.

Director Shevaun Mizrahi will attend in person for discussion with local filmmaker/curator Irina Leimbacher.

Nominee for a Golden Leopard and Winner of a Special Mention at the 2017 Locarno Film Festival.

Nominee for the Grierson Award at the 2017 London Film Festival. Nominee for the Truer than Fiction Award at the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Official Selection of IDFA, True/False, Dokufest, and DOXA.

“Shevaun Mizrahi finds the ethereal in a Turkish retirement home. Soulful, humorous, visually delicate.” – IndieWIRE

About the Film:

This haunted reverie drops us inside an Istanbul retirement home, where the battle-scarred residents bask in the camera’s attention. A creaky-voiced woman confides her personal account of the Armenian genocide. A sweetly deluded pianist performs a composition before confessing his love. A blind photographer fiddles with his flash as he points his own camera back at us. Shevaun Mizrahi’s playful, immaculately controlled film finds hypnotizing rhythms in the residents’ limbo-like state. Meanwhile, outside, ominous construction equipment transforms the land.

About the Director:

Shevaun Mizrahi (Director, DP, Editor) was recently awarded with the Guggenheim Fellowship 2018. She worked as an assistant to cinematographer Ed Lachman and was also a fellow with Marcie Bloom (Sony Pictures Classics). Her first documentary feature “Distant Constellation” was selected for the IFP Documentary Lab and the IFP Project Forum (New York), the !fdoclab (Istanbul), the Catapult True/False Roughcut Retreat (San Francisco), and received support from the Turkish New Film Fund (Istanbul). Before shifting to film, Shevaun was a Presidential Scholar in the Arts for photography. Her work has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Shevaun was selected as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” for 2015. She is currently developing her next documentary film.

Screens with:
Courtney Stephens, 8 min, 2018, USA, video and 16mm to digital
“Stricken with an undisclosed illness, the narrator of this reflexive work draws evocative parallels between the darkened hulls of an industrial ocean liner and an increasingly disorienting mental state. Courtney Stephens was inspired by the nautical imagery and turbulent inner monologue of Hannah Weiner’s maritime code poems.” – Jordan Cronk