Sarabande / Winter / Genou D'artémide, Le
This year's Wavelengths begins with a programme of avant-garde masters. One of the most gifted 16mm filmmakers of our time, Nathaniel Dorsky has been delighting audiences for over 40 years with his precise and insightful camerawork. Following his acclaimed Song and Solitude, Dorsky returns to the Festival with Sarabande (USA) and Winter (USA), the first two films in a new triptych titled Three Songs. Following its screening at the Directors Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival, Jean-Marie Straub's Le Genou d'Artémide (Italy/France) has its International Premiere in Toronto and marks the first work Straub completed after the loss of his codirecting partner Danièle Huillet. A sequel of sorts to 2006's Quei Loro Incontri, this new work is an adaptation of Cesare Pavese's The Wild Beast (La Belva), which is the sixth conversation in the collection Dialogues with Leuco (1947). Filled with dappling sun and crafted with Straub's implacable rigour, Le Genou d'Artémide is a heart-wrenching tale of the insoluble gap between mortals and gods.
2008 Screening Schedule