NEARSIGHT BY SAUL LEVINE
by José Sarmiento Hinojosa
What if the elements of memory and the subject matter of desire could be condensed in a permanent register of something that slips memory but has inevitably left a permanent watermark in our conscience? To carry a film journal would be a most welcome task, a vital activity where the initial pulsations of the most basic instincts of mankind would be recorded: love, desire, passion, death. Saul Levine, one would say, is one of many filmmakers that have traversed this path of recollection of memories in film, but what seems so particular in his style of experimental filmmaking is the sudden familiarity one reaches before the screen when watching several of his films. Levine’s oeuvre, in this narrative of the glimpses, surrounds us with the warmth of the memory that persists deep in our mind, evoking a plethora of emotions and sensations, an accomplished work if there’s any.