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Unheimlich II: Astarti

A monumental work of sublime beauty, this exquisite 2K restoration of the Super8 original is profound in its expression of an empowered feminine.

Dir-Scr Maria Klonaris, Katerina Thomadaki
With Maria Klonaris, Parvaneh Navaï, Katerina Thomadaki
France
1980
165min
Prod Co A.S.T.A.R.T.I.
With no dialogue

Astarti, the Greek name for Ishtar, is an archetype of a deep, nocturnal feminine that emerges from subterranean darkness. We experience an embodied cinematic experience realised through a sensuous aesthetic as we are invited to enter a strange and uncertain world of inner depths and hypnotising effects. There, we encounter three women performers, including the artists, who reinvest mythic and magical dimensions. They metamorphose, dance and enter trances where the body vibrates into transformation. Figures reveal themselves out of silence which is both the moment of creation and an eternal reality. The film itself actualises that which is inactual and gives form to blackness through a poetics of intimacy and an ethics of interpersonal relationships, which is founded in the artists’ own double authorship.

Helen de Witt

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Restored from Super 8 in 2K by the Direction du Patrimoine Cinématographique, CNC under the supervision of Katerina Thomadaki.


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