in about 100 words or less
France 100m, Colour
Director: Chris Marker; Narrator: Alexandra Stewart
Reading letters from a time-travelling filmmaker named Sandor Krasna, the narrator of this travelogue style film explores human culture from various parts of the world. Set largely in Japan and Guinea-Bissau, Sans Soleil is a complex collage of images and words which are not only juxtaposed, but are frequently transformed by a “synthesizer” into what Krasna describes as “The Zone,” where past and future histories are rewritten. As an homage to Tarkovsky’s Stalker (1979), it is not surprising that Sans Soleil is often a disorienting and sometimes confusing “explanation” of the human condition in Marker’s real and imagined worlds (Klaus Ming March 2016).