United Kingdom / Argentina / Spain 2019, 67 min, English, Portuguese and Spanish, Hebrew & English subtitles
At times, this film appears to be capturing an act of worship, a ritual performed around an elephant tusk by highly skilled hands, with painstaking care and precision. But stepping back reveals it as pure science: conservation and reconstruction work carried out in a laboratory within a museum.
Ritual is ever-present in Jessica Sarah Rinland’s film (that won a Special Mention at Locarno Film Festival). This is because she, and the conservator-restorers whose work she closely follows, do more than restore, repair, and replicate—they wonder about the essence of artifacts and artworks, and the status of replicas. They question whether flaws, the marks reality leaves on an object, are important, and whether a perfect copy can surpass the original. Unaccompanied by commentary, the extraordinary cinematography lets the viewers find the answers on their own.
With the support of the Embassy of the Argentine Republic.
Previous Festivals: Locarno, TIFF