TIFF 2017: WAVELENGTHS PALMERSTON BLVD. BY DAN BROWNE & FIRE BY LUCY PARKER

This entry was posted on September 8th, 2017

Fire (Lucy Parker, 2016)

Palmerston Blvd.

Silence. Day and night lights are the protagonists that quickly transit with us through the time lapse. The camera is directioned towards the filmmaker’s living room, and here, always in the same perspective, 365 days of the year pass by in the corner of Palmerston Blvd.

Days are almost all the same, and that’s represented through the shots. Only small variations allow us to see the street, the moving trees, the house cat… And while the silent minutes of the film pass by, what we see becomes a metaphor of life’s futility, in a poem that tells us about the constant haunting of death.

The light blow of the wind, winter snow and summer sun, are some of the verses that reveal that everything that the eye can see is part of the beauty and inexplicable melancholy that life bestow upon us. A shadow passes through the corner, the winds move the leaves making them dance; people and cars go by, as quickly as the day does. Finally, little by little, the house is emptied: the plants, the table, the cat are gone. The days keep passing and from the unoccupied room that we see, one feels that the longevity has shook the days, afternoons and nights. And so, we spent a year in Palmerston Blvd.

Fire

Wind and fire, nature and plasticity are the characters that play in this film that in less than six minutes shows us different ways to conceive fire in our lives. The light, the wood, the electricity are ways that reflect on fire as one of the elements of nature, which are created thanks to the human being.

In Lucy Parker’s Fire, the music that we hear, is nature existing, the accumulated sawdust, and a metal clashing against the other causing friction: Burning, destroying, consuming. We see it through a screen in the screen that we have in front of us, as a meta-fiction. We see in front of us in the screen as reality, the reality of someone that destroys it. We see it as a metaphor of devastation, desolation. As an allegory that, at the end, everything is fictionalized.

Palmerston Blvd.
Director: Dan Browne
Cast: Dan Browne, Ekaterina Granovsky, Julian Browne
Cinematography: Dan Browne
Edition: Dan Browne
Canada
14 minutes

Fire
Director: Lucy Parker
Cinematography: Lucy Parker
Edition: Lucy Parker
Country: United Kingdom
6 minutes
2016