Olivia Lory Kay
Travelogues: Local Journeys #1
provides a meet point for pre-cinema viewing; by the candy box cinema
goers stock up on sweets and chat. Films are explicit in making culture
an issue of communication and short films are often designed to speak
to local audiences, to present a slice of life that is recognisable
in parts or familiar in tone. A film thus presents itself as both a
token of memory and a marker of identity - culturally, socially, individually.
Tarkovsky's Stalker presents a holocaustic vision which is as
familiar as it is terrifying. The voice of the room and the wind rustling
the grass. Throwing metal nuts tied with white cloth through the undergrowth.
The Zone; breaking and entering - it is a world that is familiar, yet
also a place where nothing is as it seems ...
Imagination is a mirror journey. But what is the relationship between
what is outside the window and what presents itself on the screen ?