Distant Constellation

Distant Constellation

Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 9:30pm
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 9:15pm
Shevaun Mizrahi | 
US/Turkey/Netherlands |
 2017 | 
82 minutes

JURY’S SPECIAL MENTION AWARD • LOCARNO 2017
FIPRESCI PRIZE • VIENNALE 2017

 

Life in a Turkish old folks home is ostensibly the subject of Shevaun Mizrahi’s film, but that is only the entry point into this beautifully layered observational documentary. The residents spend their days taking elevator rides to nowhere, and remembering better, more interesting days. One elderly man recounts the Parisian sex parties of his youth, while another talks about his glory days as a photographer. Meanwhile, just outside the windows of the facility, progress gallops along, fed by the relentless pace and appetite for development. The construction workers, busily at work on the building next door, add another subset of characters. Mizrahi has an exceptional eye for detail, and as her elderly subjects tell their stories, her camera is free to roam, picking up small (telling) things, like a dashing image of the elderly photographer, or rebar spikes on the semi-finished building next door, jutting forlornly against the sky. Ultimately, life in its vicissitudes will have its way with all of us. -DW

“...an evocative, often touching documentary, about the journey between being young and old, that will surely delight and inspire audiences...”  –VOX 

Filmmaker

Shevaun Mizrahi

Director/cinematographer Shevaun Mizrah received her B.A. in Cognitive Neuroscience and English Literature at the University of Pennsylvania, and went on to get her M.F.A. at the Graduate Film Program at NYU. Before shifting to film, Shevaun was a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and her photography has been exhibited at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. She has has worked as an assistant to cinematographer Ed Lachman (Carol, Wonderstruck), was a fellow with Marcie Bloom (Sony Pictures Classics), and was selected as one of Filmmaker Magazine's "25 New Faces of Independent Film" for 2015.  Her first documentary feature Distant Constellation was selected for the IFP Documentary Lab and the IFP Project Forum (New York), the !fdoclab (Istanbul) and the Catapult Rough Cut Retreat (San Francisco). Shevaun is currently developing her next documentary film.