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La région centrale

Directed by Michael Snow
Canada, 1971


Made during five days of shooting on a deserted mountain top in North Quebec, anchored to a tripod, the camera turned a complete 360 degrees, craned itself skyward, and circled in all directions. The film expresses themes on the cosmic relationships of space and time.

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La région centrale Directed by Michael Snow

Critics reviews

Made by Michael Snow over the course of five frigid days on a remote Quebec mountaintop, La Région Centrale belongs to a special canon of films that alter your ways of seeing or hearing the world, that revise your understanding of the order of things by nudging you a few inches over from your usual spot on the space-time continuum.
November 05, 2017
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Purely science nonfiction, La Région Centrale is cinema for attention-surfeit sufferers. Confounding the mythical status of the film as being entirely remote (in both time and place, and in its directorial will) was the presence of Snow himself, ensuring the audience that they will never have seen anything like it. The present, speaking of the past, about the future: Snow’s future perfect proposition seemed conceptually tailored to the festival’s multiple grammaticization of time.
March 25, 2016
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Snow’s film conveys most powerfully the euphoria of the weightless state; but in a sense that is more intimate and powerful still, it extends and intensifies the traditional concept of vision as the sense through which we know and master the universe.
March 01, 1979

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