Edge of America: The films of Kelly Reichardt
Reichardt’s cinema is a quiet howl for the American land and its people.
Kelly Reichardt will be in conversation on Saturday 4 March.
Seen collectively through the prism of current events, Reichardt’s subtly political films form a prescient lament. Permeated by a fragile sense of ecological and emotional peril, the deceptively simple narratives can turn on a resonant gesture, an unspoken word or a singular look. The characters, many drawn from the stories of regular writing collaborator Jon Raymond, are America’s wild-eyed ramblers and flinty outsiders; everyday folk hobbled by loneliness, isolation and monotony. She maps landscapes – suburban Florida, the velvety forests and rocky plains of Oregon, small-town Montana – as living, breathing entities. Her wide-shots, and elongated pans create a vastness and a sense of distance between aspirations and reality, especially when framing her female characters. Reichardt’s most recent film, Certain Women (p8), won LFF’s Best Film Award and was voted 4th in 2016’s Sight & Sound Critics’ Poll – just two more reasons to discover or revisit her intimate epics.
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