TONIGHT: La Region Centrale at I-House

U.Penn’s Cinema Studies department presents a 16mm screening of Michael Snow’s La Region Centrale (1971) tonight at the International House at 7:00 PM.

From the release:
“La Région Centrale” was made during five days of shooting on a deserted mountain top in North Quebec.  During the shooting, the vertical and horizontal alignment as well as the tracking speed were all determined by the camera’s settings.  Anchored to a tripod, the camera turned a complete 360 degrees, craned itself skyward, and circled in all directions.  Because of the unconventional camera movement, the result was more than merely a film that documented the film location’s landscape.  Surpassing that, this became a film expressing as its themes the cosmic relationships of space and time.  Cataloged here were the raw images of a mountain existence, plunged (at that time) in its distance from civilization, embedded in cosmic cycles of light and darkness, warmth and cold.

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Author: Eric Bresler

Eric is the Founder/Site Editor of whose additional activities are numerous: Director/Curator of the Philadelphia Mausoleum of Contemporary Art (PhilaMOCA), founder of Tokyo No Records, the brain behind Video Pirates, and active local film programmer including the Unknown Japan screening series. He’s served as a TLA Video Manager, Philadelphia Film Society Managing Director, and Adjunct Professor in Cinema Studies at Drexel University. He is shy and modest. Email Eric.

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