Jan 6, 2013 at 7:30 pm
Sans Soleil presented with the Cinema Eye Honors
With David Sterritt.
SANS SOLEIL by Chris Marker; 100 minutes | France | 1983 | French, German, and Japanese with English Subtitles | 16mm
Marker, the cinema’s globetrotter/essayist par excellence, travelled between Japan, Africa and Iceland to create his masterpiece Sans Soleil. Refiltering and synthesizing sounds and images with astonishing fluidity, Marker dissolves the distinctions between fiction and non-fiction film, offering the viewer the extraordinary sensation of simultaneously spanning the globe and being enclosed within someone’s mind.
“No two people will come away from Sans Soleil with the same impression, nor will a solitary viewer’s multiple viewings yield the same experience. Marker’s film prefigures multimedia and, like what Amy Taubin said of Inland Empire in Film Comment, approximates the experience of being trapped inside the Internet and making radical leaps of associative connection…only Marker typically prefigured the technology.”
—Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
David Sterritt, chair of the National Society of Film Critics, is a film professor atColumbia University – where he also co-chairs the University Seminar on Cinemaand Interdisciplinary Interpretation – and the Maryland Institute College of Art aswell chief book critic of Film Quarterly, contributing editor and film critic of Tikkun,contributing writer at Cineaste and MovieMaker, and editorial-board member atCinema Journal, Quarterly Review of Film and Video, Journal of Beat Studies, andHitchcock Annual, and he was film critic for The Christian Science Monitor for almostforty years, serving twice as chairman of the New York Film Critics Circle duringthat time. He is author or editor of The Films of Jean-Luc Godard: Seeing the Invisible(Cambridge UP), Guiltless Pleasures: A David Sterritt Film Reader (UP of Mississippi),Mad to Be Saved: The Beats, the ‘50s, and Film (Southern Illinois UP), The B List (DaCapo), The Honeymooners (Wayne State UP), Spike Lee’s America (Polity, January2013), The Beats: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford UP, March 2013), and severalother books. His writing has appeared in Cahiers du cinéma, The New York Times,The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism,Journal of French and Francophone Philosophy, Film Comment, The HuffingtonPost, PopMatters, Senses of Cinema, Cinema Scope, CounterPunch, and many otherpublications as well as many edited collections. He has been a member of the NewYork Film Festival selection committee and film critic of NPR’s All Things Considered,and he has served on film-festival juries in Moscow, Vienna, Toronto, and beyond.
The Cinema Eye Honors for Nonfiction Filmmaking were founded in late 2007 to recognize and honor exemplary craft and innovation in nonfiction film. Cinema Eye’s mission has been to advocate for, recognize and promote the highest commitment to rigor and artistry in the nonfiction field.