tender archive / melika bass / films / waking things
"Cyclical time dilated to the maximum...
loaded with details of Nature as memento mori,
reminding us of the transience of this and of life itself." (Sentieri Selvaggi)
"Characters announced in exquisite typeface. . . scurry along paths, dart through doorways and sleep upright.
Bass mystifies the work of these plain folk with her own filmic magic." (Chicago Sun-Times)
In a house in a primeval wood, a mysterious, misfit family prepares a seasonal feast for a visiting party of outlanders. As they shuffle through ritualistic preparations, shadows reveal each creature -- one menacing, one wounded, and one worn, stewards of an old tradition, blood for blood. (MB)
WORLD PREMIERE - Torino Film Festival, Italy
16mm to video, color, sound, 2011, 34 mins.