Saturday, July 04, 2020

INSIDE on Triskel VOD


The Langan / Le Cain film Inside is available to stream on Triskel Arts Centre's VOD platform until July 22nd.

https://triskelartscentre.ie/events/inside/

Triskel’s latest video-on-demand offer is Inside (2017), the feature debut by Cork-based filmmaking duo Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain. This film is selected as Triskel’s salute to Experimental Film Society (EFS), the noted Irish avant-garde production company, on the twentieth anniversary of its founding. Langan and Le Cain have been closely associated with EFS for all of their decade-long collaboration and Inside is one of the most widely acclaimed films to have been produced under its banner.

Inside is a visually entrancing experimental feature film that excavates the sensations, desires and elusive chimeras of one woman’s inner life. Taking place in the isolated setting of a remote country cottage, it summons a haunting portrait of a woman adrift in a personal reality formed of her domestic rituals and frustrations. For Aidan Dunne writing in The Irish Times, it “occupies an indeterminate space that includes aspects of film, from fiction to essay film, and performance art… largely static but hypnotically watchable.” Critic Nikola Gocić describes it as a “dissonant, wordless and deeply melancholic lullaby in equal measures evocative and alienating, its echoes entangled in dewy spider webs, glued to window glasses and absorbed by lush vegetation surrounding the home of an unnamed, isolated and perturbed heroine (portrayed with quirky, magnetic intensity by Langan herself)… Think Tarkovsky or Sokurov by way of Garrel or Duras with hints of self-denying performance art and you might get a slight idea of what to expect from it.”

Over the course of their decade-long filmmaking collaboration, Langan and Le Cain have created an intimate, distinctive universe built on a striking match between Langanʼs magnetic, often troubling and intense presence as a performer and Le Cainʼs hypnotically disruptive visual rhythms. They have made sixteen moving image works together so far. Langan’s work operates across several overlapping fields, chiefly performance, sound, and film. She both embraces and projects vulnerability, offering an intimate territory loaded with personal symbolism and unguarded emotion. In opening herself emotionally, she creates warm yet discomforting rituals that at once embrace the viewer and remain resolutely private, exploring the limits of what can be shared between people and what must remain mysterious. Le Cainʼs filmmaking proposes a personal relationship with cinema as a site of haunting. Accepted visual and storytelling codes are encouraged to collapse into a more personalised system that approaches moving imagery as an experiential construct open to possession by multiple claims of memory and interpretation. Inside is the product of this ever-developing creative partnership.

Experimental filmmaker Dean Kavanagh brings a unique visual sensitivity to his role as cinematographer on Inside. The film’s soundscape is based on the tension between the intimacy of Langan’s bodily-inflected field recordings and Cork-based musician Declan Synnott’s atmospheric and otherworldly modular synthesiser compositions.

Experimental Film Society (EFS) is an Irish company dedicated to the production and screening of formally radical experimental cinema. It has been called “the most active, prolific and intrepid group of experimental filmmakers working in Ireland today” (aemi) and produces films that are distinguished by an uncompromising devotion to personal, experimental cinema. These films adopt an exploratory, often lyrical approach to filmmaking and foreground mood, atmosphere, visual rhythms, and the sensory interplay of sound and image. EFS was founded in 2000 in Tehran by filmmaker Rouzbeh Rashidi who remains at its head. It has been based in Dublin since 2004 where it has been at the centre of a new energy in Irish alternative cinema. EFS has produced, co-produced, or otherwise assisted in the production of over fifty no-budget or very low-budget feature-length films and 500 shorts. If you enjoy Inside, we strongly recommend that you explore this extraordinary cinematic legacy by visiting the EFS video on demand page where more than fifty features can be rented, and the EFS Vimeo page where dozens of shorts can be viewed for free.

Inside is available to rent for €4 and the proceeds will be split between the filmmakers and ourselves. To view, simply click on the ‘Rent’ button. The rental period is for 72 hours.

NB: For best enjoyment, please watch Inside either with good speakers or headphones. The soundtrack contains unusual bass frequencies that might not come over on inbuilt laptop speakers.

This Rental Package is Available Worldwide

Monday, May 04, 2020

LUX Critical Forum Programme Online @ Triskel Phantoscope



Triskel Recommends is a weekly series in which they recommend films to stream online while they are unable to screen movies as a collective experience. This week they are presenting a special programme of Cork-made artists’ moving image curated by Phantoscope, Triskel’s quarterly experimental film event. It is drawn from participants in LUX Critical Forum Cork.

The seven films that make up this programme give an enthralling reflection of the current richness of artists’ moving image in Cork. Aisling O Connell, Natasha Bourke, Mieke Vanmechelen, Arran Tenzin Bradstock, Michael Holly, David Bickley and James McCann offer distinctive visions of what contemporary experimental moving image can be.

The films can be viewed here from today until May 10th:

https://triskelartscentre.ie/events/triskel-recommends-4-10-may/

Initiated in 2019, the Critical Forum is a discussion group for artists, critics and curators who have an investment in the future of the moving image. It is a space for criticality and debate in a mutually supportive environment and operates in dialogue with Critical Forum groups in Dublin and across the UK. This programme was first screened at the Luminous Void Experimental Film Festival last December.

Image: Sodomy Sunday (Aisling O Connell)

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

I Am An Instrument: PANOPTICON

A special one-time-only showing of Close Watch Television will be streamed as part of ‘I Am An Instrument: PANOPTICON’ which runs this Saturday night, April 11th, from 19:15 until around midnight. Curated by Katie Gerardine O’Neill, it features an incredible lineup of acts including Graham Dunning, Suzanne Walsh, Natalia Beylis and Oli Ryan. 

Close Watch Televsion is made for all the thousands of people out there who’ve spent years wondering why I’m not in charge of a major TV network. This garbled ephemeral hodgepodge remix audiovisual splurge will show you what would happen if I was in control of telly content – and understand why such a catastrophe must be averted at all costs. CWTV stars Le Cain as Moon Tiger and Richard the Goat as JG Ballard. 

Sunday, April 05, 2020

FLUXUS @ RE:VOIR


This evening, Sunday April 5th, a brief work by me will screen as part of a 40-film live streaming Fluxus programme curated by Mathilde Bila on the Re:Voir Facebook page at 8pm Paris time. Delighted to be involved!

Thursday, April 02, 2020

INSIDE Acquired For Arts Council Collection


The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon has acquired Inside, the 2017 Langan / Le Cain feature film, for the Arts Council Collection. We're honoured and delighted!

The Arts Council's Collection of 20th and 21st century Irish art was established in 1962 and is one of the most important national collections in the country. All of the pieces in it were collected while the artists were working, rather than being a museum where works are collected retrospectively. The Collection tells the story of modern Irish art as it developed over fifty years.

It can be browsed at artscouncil.emeuseum.com

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

INSIDE on EFS VOD



Vicky Langan / Maximilian Le Cain‘s Inside (2017) is now available for streaming on the Experimental Film Society video on-demand platform, here

An Experimental Film Society / Close Watch production funded by The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon

Inside is the first Langan / Le Cain feature. It excavates the sensations, desires and elusive chimeras of one woman’s inner life. Taking place in the isolated setting of a remote country cottage, it summons a haunting portrait of a woman adrift in a personal reality formed of her domestic rituals and frustrations. At once lyrical, unsettling and perverse, Inside is a chart of the growth patterns of solitude.

“A great film work… unsettling but really, really good.” – Kay Sheehy, RTÉ Arena

“Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain’s experimental 70-minute film Inside eludes categorisation. It occupies an indeterminate space that includes aspects of film, from fiction to essay film, and performance art. Focusing with unwavering and unnerving intensity on Langan as the main protagonist, it is largely static but hypnotically watchable.” – Aidan Dunne, The Irish Times

“Inside, the first feature film by the duo Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain, who have already made numerous short films, is a work that explores the inner life of a woman in psychic breakdown. The two directors explore this inner decadence through a masterly manipulation of the film medium… Inside is another great film from the Experimental Film Society, one that absolutely deserves consideration and an audience.” – CinePensieri

“…this dissonant, wordless and deeply melancholic lullaby is in equal measures evocative and alienating, its echoes entangled in dewy spider webs, glued to window glasses and absorbed by lush vegetation surrounding the home of an unnamed, isolated and perturbed heroine (portrayed with quirky, magnetic intensity by Langan herself). It defies any attempt to be properly categorized, let alone be pigeonholed into a definition, so take the following comparison(s) with a grain of salt: think Tarkovsky or Sokurov by way of Garrel or Duras with hints of self-denying performance art and you might get the slight idea of what to expect from it.” – Nikola Gocić

“Vicky Langan and Maximilian Le Cain’s 2017 film, Inside, charts the evolution of an embryonic nuclear unit. It is set in an isolated rural dwelling in which something is slowly being incubated: individuation, perhaps, or collaborative self-effacement. Atomised moments excavate a process of withdrawal and symbiotic alienation. The film’s ornate, finely wrought surfaces belie a slow and destructive engulfment. Flesh as grass and existential dread are deadened by an epidural of repetitions and circumlocutions. Evergreen breath extrudes a slippery visual progeny.” – CIRCA Art Magazine

Monday, March 02, 2020

EFS @ HYB4 Film


A programme of Experimental Film Society films will screen at Kampus Hybernska, Prague on March 9th.

1_Fragments by Chris O’Neill (2019) / 3mins / Ireland
2_I’m Not a Doctor (2019) By Michael Higgins / 3mins / Ireland
3_Blood in the Butter (2019) By Shelly Kamiel / 21 mins / USA
4_Personal Growth (2019) By Vicky Langan / Maximilian Le Cain / 24mins / Ireland
5_The Underworld (2019) By Jann Clavadetscher / 17mins / Ireland
6_Kinetics (2018) By Atoosa Pour Hosseini / 11mins / Ireland