Andrei Ujica's Out of the Present (Flaherty NYC)
DIRECTOR: ANDREI UJICA
Q&A with filmmakers Halsey Burgund, Katherin McInnis, Francesca Panetta and Andrei Ujică.
Katherin McInnis / 2014 / 4 mins / DCP
IN EVENT OF MOON DISASTER
Francesca Panetta and Halsey Burgund / 2019 / 6 mins / DCP
OUT OF THE PRESENT
Andrei Ujică / 1997 / 96 mins / DCP
A feature documentary film from Europe and two short films from the USA explore the space race, public spectacle, and the gaze from afar. Out of the Present captures the fall of the Soviet Union from the perspective of outer space through Russian cosmonaut Sergei Krikalev, who lived on the Mir space station from May 1991 to March 1992. A blend of betacam and 35mm footage shot on Mir, and amateur archival footage of the August Putsch and other events on earth below, the film is a meditation on the timescales of human history against the cosmos. Director Andrei Ujică (Videograms of a Revolution, The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu) experiments with perspective and relative time, courting science fiction. Indeed, when Krikalev returned to earth after his unexpected ten months in space he returned to the future, carrying the passport of a state which no longer existed.
The screening will be preceded by Katherin McInnis’s Hat Trick and Francesca Panetta and Halsey Burgund’s In Event of Moon Disaster, two short films that reevaluate the moon landing, and the thin boundary between cinematic and scientific knowledge.
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