Sound Unseen continues its monthly film series Wednesday, February 8, 2012 with the Midwest/MN premiere of 2012 Independent Spirit Award nominee and Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best World Documentary, “Bombay Beach” featuring music by Bob Dylan and Beirut. The film will screen at the Trylon microcinema in Minneapolis. This is an intimate venue and a limited number of tickets available. Thanks to 89.3 the Current for their continued support and co-sponsorship with Sound Unseen.
Date: Weds. February 8, 2012
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Trylon microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Ave. S., Mpls. 55406
Bombay Beach (dir. Alma Har’el, Israel/USA, 2011, 80 min., BD)
The rusting relic of a failed 1960s development boom, the Salton Sea is a barren Californian landscape often seen as a symbol of the failure of the American Dream. First-time director Alma Har’el revisits this poetically fruitful terrain in her distinctive documentary “Bombay Beach”, and finds there a motley cast including a bipolar seven-year-old, a lovelorn high school football star, and an octogenarian poet-prophet. Together they make up a triptych of American manhood in its decisive moments, populating the Salton Sea’s land of thwarted opportunity.
True to her roots as a photographer, video artist, and music video director, Har’el crafts here an adamantly atypical and artistically innovative film—a dreamlike poem that sets the personal stories of these distinctive yet familiar characters to a stylized amalgam of observational documentary and choreographed dance, with music by Beirut and Bob Dylan, all cast against the atmospheric scenery of the titular ghost town. The result is a moving and surreal documentary experience—an evocative, symbolic portrait of rural America and its inhabitants. –Tribeca Film Festival
TERRY GILLIAM “A beautiful, quirky, and ultimately very moving film about the American Dream as it teeters on the edge of a desert sea.”
FILMMAKER MAGAZINE “Alma Har’el! Stunningly shot, formally audacious, Bob Dylan and Beirut scored! “Bombay Beach” won the grand prize in the international documentary competition. Recalling the work of Harmony Korine, Larry Clark, Lynne Ramsay, David Gordon Green, Charles Burnettand, Gus Van Sant (just to name a few), it announces a major new directorial talent in Har’el!”