IN FOCUS: THE PRESENCE OF WHAT’S ABSENT
With five films we direct our attention to what seems to be missing but yet accompanies our lives. In five different films we get to know people whose current life circumstances are determined by something that is not tangible, lies in the past or is of mystical and spiritual origin. This can be the nostalgic memories about a previously failed utopia – something the men in A Donkey called Geronimo once tried to achieve on a remote Baltic Sea island. Or Quicksilver Chronicles that deals with former dreams and youthful idealism. Kate, Kemp and Tom take us into their present life in a Californian ghost town still animated by its own heyday spirits.
Half Elf takes an intimate and mystical approach to the biography of the lighthouse keeper Trausti who, towards the end of his life, starts searching for his “inner elf”. It was lost in the course of Trausti’s life but has now recurred as a driving force. In Camp on the Wind’s Road it is the spirit of the deceased father whose present is still palpable. It shapes the lives of the bereaved, above all that of his daughter Belekmaa, until they can finally say goodbye. The same applies to family members in Mexico in search of their “disappeared”. They will only rest once they attain certainty about their loved ones’ fate and bury their remains. Persistence is an impressive and direct testimony to this gruelling uncertainty and valediction.