1162 – Abendland (2011)

timespace coordinates: Europe at night (2008 – 2010)

Abendland is a 2011 observational documentary film by Nikolaus Geyrhalter. The documentary, which has only scenes at night, explores European obsession with technology and security. Manohla Dargis of The New York Times called Abendland a “visually precise and politically amorphous” portrait of an imagined community: “The overall impression is a vision of Europe as a mosaic, as an artful amalgam of perfectly framed, seemingly disconnected moments during a long shared night, give or take a time zone change or two.” (wiki)

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1134 – Mr. Nobody (2009)

timespace coordinates: 2092 > 1983, 1989, 2008, England / Canada

0cbd10b89c86efa589c22b2346b36773Mr. Nobody is a 2009 science fiction drama film written and directed by Jaco Van Dormael and starring Jared LetoSarah PolleyDiane KrugerLinh Dan PhamRhys IfansNatasha LittleToby Regbo and Juno Temple. The film tells the life story of Nemo Nobody, a 118-year-old man who is the last mortal on Earth after the human race has achieved quasi-immortality. Nemo, memory fading, refers to his three main loves and to his parents’ divorce and subsequent hardships endured at three critical junctions in his life: at age nine, fifteen, and thirty-four. Alternate life paths branching out from each of those critical junctions are examined. The speculative narrative often changes course with the flick of a different possible decision at each of those ages. The film uses nonlinear narrative and the multiverse hypothesis style.

The film was mostly funded through European financiers and was released in Belgium on 13 January 2010. Since its original release, Mr. Nobody has become a cult film, noted for its philosophy and cinematography, personal characters and Pierre Van Dormael‘s soundtrack. (wiki)

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1027 – Beneath Hill 60 (2010)

timespace coordinates: 1916 – 1917 Queensland > Belgium, Western Front (World War I) MV5BMTMxMzExNTA0OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMTg1MDgxMw@@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,674,1000_AL_Beneath Hill 60 is a 2010 Australian war film directed by Jeremy Sims (credited as Jeremy Hartley Sims) and written by David Roach.

Set during World War I, the film tells the story of the 1st Australian Tunnelling Company’s efforts in mining underneath Hill 60 in the Ypres Salient on the Western Front. During the war, a series of mines filled with explosive charges were placed beneath German lines to aid the advance of British troops. The screenplay is based on an account of the ordeal written by Captain Oliver Woodward, who is portrayed by Brendan Cowell in the film. (wiki)

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991 – The Adventures of Tintin (2011)

timespace coordinates: 1955 Belgium > Morocco 6f232a15b30981e16c20cca64ff038e0The Adventures of Tintin (also known as The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn outside North America) is a 2011 3D computer-animated mystery adventure comedy film based on the comics series of the same name by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. Co-produced and directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by Peter Jackson and Kathleen Kennedy and written by Steven MoffatEdgar Wright and Joe Cornish, the film is inspired by three of Hergé’s albums: The Crab with the Golden Claws (1941), The Secret of the Unicorn (1943) and Red Rackham’s Treasure (1944). Starring the voices of Jamie BellAndy SerkisDaniel CraigNick Frost and Simon Pegg, the film features human characters animated primarily using live-action motion capture animation. (wiki)

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825 – The Forgotten Space (2010)

timespace coordinates: 2000’s Netherlands / United States / Belgium / China / SpainMV5BMjA0MTIzNjk0OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMDM1ODc0NjE@._V1_The Forgotten Space (Allan Sekula & Noël Burch, 2010) follows container cargo aboard ships, barges, trains and trucks, listening to workers, engineers, planners, politicians, and those marginalized by the global transport system. We visit displaced farmers and villagers in Holland and Belgium, underpaid truck drivers in Los Angeles, seafarers aboard mega-ships shuttling between Asia and Europe, and factory workers in China, whose low wages are the fragile key to the whole puzzle. And in Bilbao, we discover the most sophisticated expression of the belief that the maritime economy, and the sea itself, is somehow obsolete.

A range of materials is used: descriptive documentary, interviews, archive stills and footage, clips from old movies. The result is an essayistic, visual documentary about one of the most important processes that affects us today. The Forgotten Space is based on Sekula’s Fish Story, seeking to understand and describe the contemporary maritime world in relation to the complex symbolic legacy of the sea.


The sea is forgotten until disaster strikes. But perhaps the biggest seagoing disaster is the global supply chain, which – maybe in a more fundamental way than financial speculation – leads the world economy to the abyss. (http://www.theforgottenspace.net/)


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