James N. Kienitz Wilkins
United States | 2023 | 72 min
International Premiere
Language : English
Subtitle : French

In the form of a fictitious legal deposition, James N. Kienitz Wilkins explores the last forty years of cinema using images taken from Hollywood film press kits. This obsessive and joyful film flits between memories, conspiracy theories and technological obsolescence, like a meditative contemplation on contemporary cinema and truth itself.

Using a carousel of 140 35mm images meticulously collected from Hollywood film press kits and freely combined, New York filmmaker James N. Kienitz Wilkins surveys forty years of cinema - a period corresponding to his age - while a fictitious legal deposition serves as commentary. Two lawyers and a witness contemplate and question the latter’s memories (both real and fantasised); actors and scenes associated with moments in life; cinematic experiences and other conspiracy theories; but also technological obsolescence. These multi-generational characters - including a recording engineer who serves to further confuse the convoluted dialogue - are embodied in the off-screen voice of the filmmaker. His deep voice and impressive, intense delivery are immediately recognisable - recall the excellent Indefinite Pitch (2016) - producing an effect that is obsessive, joyful and often amusing, like a meditative, cinephilic trance on contemporary cinema and the powers of falsehood.

Emilie Bujès

Best Year Ever, 2020
The Plagiarists, 2019
This Action Lies, 2018 
The Dynamic Range, 2018
The Republic, 2017
Mediums, 2017 
Common Carrier, 2017
Indefinite Pitch, 2016 
B-Roll With Andre, 2015
Tester, 2015
Occupations, 2015 
Special Features, 2014
Public Hearing, 2012


James N. Kienitz Wilkins
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James N. Kienitz Wilkins
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