Skip to main content

The Persistence of Memory

UK, 1997 (MIFF 1998, Experimental)

Director: Anthony Atanasio

A fast and florid dramatization of the last moments of a man's life, mixing melodrama and lyricism, terror and wonder. In Atanasio's feverish imaginings, death throes and birth trauma, mother and spider woman, doctor and priest become interchangeable. Drawing on a variety of film genres and styles, this short video graphically conveys the terror, yearning, confusion and loss of the bereaved son.

See also...

Habit

"Habit a dress of particular rank, degree, profession, function, order, a pattern of behaviour, practice, custom, action." ... A habit to get into and out of, this film embroiders the habit, stitches ... More »

Come Dancing

An invitation to fight and not dance as four men descend on a nightclub. It is only a matter of time before they attack. The action is an authentic rumble recorded through a surveillance camera. The ... More »

Staggerings

As a slow, relentless state of transformation persists across the screen, elements of the natural world are cut up and re-ordered. Based on a series of black and white collage photographs ... More »

Mirrored Measure

Mirrored Measure uses concrete domestic situations and obiects - a table being set, a starched, white linen table cloth, polished glasses, a jug of water, mouths drinking - to represent an outer ... More »

Euripides' Movies

Swarthy, fledgling writer Euripides travels to England with the intention of having his screenplay Medea turned into a movie. A great idea, though the film bureaucracy won't accept it. Full of self ... More »

Elena

Part travelogue part personal diary, Helen Underwood, like fellow British filmmaker Cordelia Swan utilises the notion of antiquity to express a kind of subliminal sensory awaken­ing. Photos ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director