A Year / Ein Jahr
Renate Sami | Germany | 2011 | 12m
color/b&w | sound | MiniDV
A tree seen through the window of my kitchen.
And behind the tree a wall, the stucco old and falling in pieces,
leaving strange abstract forms and designs that changed with the light
according to the time of day and season.
I started to film in early spring and went on through summer, fall and winter. The tree grew leaves and shed them. There was sunshine and rain, hail and a storm, snow and there were birds: I saw a sparrow and heard many others; I heard a blackbird, a pigeon and some crows. There was faint music sometimes and a church bell ringing from very far away. And suddenly one evening behind a window that had always been dark a lamp was turned on and off again.
The film is constructed like a poem.
What would be the end of a line in a poem is here marked by 24 frames of black leader separating one, two or a cluster of images to give it a rhythmic structure.
Screens as part of Aurand/Muñoz/Sami.