edge of doom

A short succession of splits-screens gathers women in the throes of extreme states, screaming, with eyes wide, arms thrown up in dismay, angular eyebrows, stunned mouths ­– laying, running, standing, leaping to their feet: instants of extreme emotions sought and found in silent films of the 1920s. Fury, rage, pain, horror, fear and disgust present a kaleidoscope of prototypical affective gestures stripped of all narrative logic. Faces and bodies. The paired emotions seen on screen reciprocally intensify one another or create friction. Michaela Grill edited her found images like a music video to a piece composed by Sophie Trudeau, taken from the "Confinement Songs", recorded at the beginning of the Covid-19 lockdown. Recurrent arcs of rising musical suspense thwart any kind of catharsis, which nonetheless can be imagined as a possibility. The unanchored emotional affects come across as an unstructured bodily knowledge that rubs up against the blocked ability to act, a pandemic overload as well as a subcutaneous, ever-present edginess. (Madeleine Bernstorff)

Translation: Eve Heller


Grill and Trudeau focused on the raw emotion that arrose during this time of confinement: worry, doom, hopelessness, despair. Taking silent film as their raw material, they built a powerful emotional vignette of a moment in time. (production note)

Orig. Title
edge of doom
Year
2020
Countries
Canada, Austria
Duration
3 min
Director
Michaela Grill
Category
experimental
Orig. Language
no dialogue
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Credits
Director
Michaela Grill
Music
Sophie Trudeau
Production
Michaela Grill, Sophie Trudeau
Available Formats
DCP 2K scope (Distribution Copy)
Aspect Ratio
1:2,39
Sound Format
stereo
Frame Rate
25 fps
Color Format
colour, b/w
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