The Raft

NEW Date: Monday, June 10, 2019

Time: 7pm

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

Director: Marcus Lindeen

Film Details: 2018, 97 minutes, DCP, English, French, Japanese, Swedish, German and Spanish with English subtitles

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Winner of the Best International Documentary at CPH:DOX. Official selection at IDFA, BFI London Film Festival, Zürich Film Festival, Melbourne Film Festival, Chicago Film Festival, São Paolo Film Festival and DocLisboa.

Filmmaker Marcus Lindeen will attend in person for discussion.

About the Film:

In 1973, five men and six women drifted across the Atlantic on a raft as part of a scientific experiment studying the sociology of violence, aggression and sexual attraction in human behavior. Although the project became known in the press as ‘The Sex Raft’, nobody expected what ultimately took place on that three month journey. Through extraordinary archive material and a reunion of the surviving members of the expedition on a full scale replica of the raft, this film tells the hidden story behind what has been described as ‘one of the strangest group experiments of all time.’

“Gripping…The surprisingly short leap from radical academic study to lurid exploitation is navigated with wit, sensitivity and rueful social awareness” – Variety

About the Director:

Marcus Lindeen is an artist, writer and director. He studied
directing at Dramatiska Institutet in Stockholm and made his debut with Regretters,
both a theater play and a documentary film about two Swedish men who
change their sex twice. The play was translated into several languages
and the film went on to win numerous awards. Among them the prestigious
Prix Europa for best European documentary in Berlin in 2010. Regretters
also picked up both the Swedish Academy Award (Guldbagge) and Kristallen
(Swedish Emmy) for best documentary film in 2011. Besides touring a ton
of festivals, the film was also screened at MoMA in New York and The
National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow.

In 2011 his second film Accidentes Gloriosos
premiered at The Venice Film Festival and won the prize for best
medium-length film in the Orizzonti section. It’s an experimental
fiction in black-and-white that deals with car crashes, sexual
adventures and bottomless holes. The film also screened in the festival
Hors Pistes at Centre Pompidou in Paris.

His latest film, The Raft,
premiered at CPH:DOX film festival in Copenhagen where it picked up the
main award. The film is about the 1973 Acali expedition, where eleven
people drifted across the Atlantic in a social study to understand
violence. In the film he reunites the still living crew members on a
life-size replica of the original raft. The film is the second
installment in a trilogy of studio-based documentary films, where
Regretters is the first.

The replica used in The Raft has also been presented as an
interactive art installation with video and sound work that was
commissioned by and exhibited at Centre Pompidou in Paris (2017).

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