Ghost Ship

Ghost Ship

Saturday, May 6, 2017 - 9:15pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 - 8:45pm
Trailer(s)
Koldo Almandoz | 
Spain |
 2016 | 
67 minutes

In 2014, the Lyubov Orlova was spotted drifting toward the British Isles — the boat had been abandoned years before and set adrift in the Atlantic. With nowhere to go and nothing to eat, the boat was overrun with cannibal rats! This is just one of the maritime ghost stories that feature in Koldo Almandoz’s ethereal rumination on history, memory, and the deadly pull of the sea. Moving between past and present, Ghost Ship takes the viewer on a circuitous voyage from Oscar Wilde and Florence Balcombe to F.W. Murnau and a Portuguese party boat — discovering the history of blood science, film tinting, and the cruise ship industry along the way. The film draws on diary entries, telegrams, news reports, and archival footage, combining these with animation, observational camerawork, and a haunting score to create an eclectic but cohesive whole. As the fog clears, we see that Almandoz has pulled in all this flotsam to reveal to us the wreck beneath the waves. In doing so, his film speaks to the power of the sea to bring stories (and horrors) from far away places washing up on new shores — like the past haunting the present. -JC

Screening With
Cara Cusumano  | 
US |
 2017 | 
7 minutes