Ben Russell
United States, Malta, 23 min
World premiere

Between Plato's Atlantis and a version depicted in a 1970s American science-fiction TV series, Ben Russell composes a documentary portrait of the lost island, found in the singular Malta. Happiness was already a key dimension of his previous work. Here, perhaps is trance – one of his prime research areas – produced by the magnetic beauty of the film?

Between the Atlantis of Plato and the version depicted in a 1970s American science-fiction series, Ben Russell weaves an eloquent structure of accounts and utopias. With a close relationship to his previous opus Let Us Persevere... as much from a structural point of view as in terms of the key question of happiness, Atlantis is a documentary portrait of the mythic island, imaginary or lost, found in the singular Malta. “Instead of trying to verify or undermine local Maltese claims to that island's existence as Atlantis, I decided that I'd believe that it was and work from there. What would utopia be in the present? How would it be limited by a vision of the past? This is where Plato and Thomas More came in.” (BR). The film takes inspiration from More’s position on utopia and on men as dominant creatures; moreover, it widely extends the spectre of its subject via its own form. Through a fragmented narrative that never gives up the intelligibility of his discourse, the filmmaker returns to another of his preferred research areas: trance; perhaps produced here by the magnetic beauty of the film.

Emilie Bujès

Duration
23 min
Year
2014
Country
United States, Malta
Section
Compétition Internationale Courts Métrages
Premiere
World premiere
Languages
English, Maltese
Subtitles
French, English
Production
Ben Russell
Sales Contact
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