Elsewhere

Elsewhere

Ouananiche | 
Canada |
 2016 | 
66 minutes

THIS SCREENING IS PART OF THE TRANSMISSIONS: EXPANDED CINEMA SERIES AND WILL INCLUDE AN ARTIST TALK.

It starts with a pulse. A single beat of sound. From a generic Montreal subway platform to the most far-flung parts of the planet, Elsewhere explores the human passion for movement and the undeniable siren song of travel. This is a film that is felt, as much as witnessed, pushed along by a propulsive soundtrack and zippy animation. Unseen people talk about the need for change, discovery and challenge. “Travelling is really getting into uncertainty,” one man offers up.

As the narrative moves in new and unaccustomed fashion, charting its own course through the tangled highways of blood vessels and neural pathways, a peculiar emotional space begins to open. During travel, you are essentially untethered from regular time —unmoored and free. Inside this interstitial space, an almost trance-like state descends, like the expanse of sky and clouds underneath the wings of an airplane.

Filmed in chiaroscuro shades of black and white, with the occasional pop of acid bright colour, Elsewhere is polyphonic exploration that is expansive and intimate in equal measure. Trippy! Sure - but also oddly affecting, as the onscreen momentum, abstract image and animation evolve into a moving exploration of value and meaning in human life. “It’s really difficult to balance our lives on a thin line,” says one final interviewee, as footprints in the sand lead off towards an unknown destination. -DW