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Sans Soleil (1983) Dir: Chris Marker

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The great filmmaker, writer, photographer, essayist and multimedia artist Chris Marker died earlier this year at the age of 91. Join us for his best-known "film essay", the remarkable Sans Soleil (Sunless).

A unique mediation on human memory, Sans Soleil is a series of intimate dispatches from places as far apart as Japan, West Africa and Iceland. A disparate landscape of rapid transitions that takes in an emu on the Ile de France, carnival time in Guinea Bissau, and a Tokyo train full of dozing passengers. On a visit to San Francisco that alternates with shots of Vertigo, Chris Marker comments on Hitchcock’s masterpiece while exploring its themes of time and memory.

Marker's film is one of cinema's most original reflections on the nature of human memory, showing the inability to recall the context and nuances of memory and how, as a result, the perception of personal and global histories are affected.

You're recommended to book your ticket in advance from the BFI Box Offic ( - we're going to the 6.20 screening

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