Cinecity 15th Brighton Film Festival

10 - 26 November

22 Nov 3:30 pm: Manakamana

Director: Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez

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Made in conjunction with Harvard University’s experimental Sensory Ethnography Lab, producers of Sweetgrass and Leviathan, the latter of which screened during last year’s festival, Manakamana is radically simple in conception and strikingly effective in execution. A two hour documentary shot inside a cable car transporting pilgrims to the titular, but unseen, mountaintop temple in Nepal, each of Manakamana’s eleven shots last the duration of a one way trip, also the length of a 16mm roll of film. Reflective, open-ended vignettes are the order of the day in Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez’s film, a work that fulfils the Lab’s desire to promote innovative combinations of aesthetics and ethnography. In his warm review for Time Out New York, Keith Uhlich wrote that ‘You could hardly ask for a more beautiful vision of souls in transit’.

Produced in: Nepal/United States 2013

Running time: 118 mins


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