in about 100 words or less
France 77m, Colour/B&W
Directors: Joris Ivens; Marceline Loridan; Cast: Joris Ivens
A Tale of the Wind is the last film by Joris Ivens, a 90 year-old Dutch filmmaker who travels through China attempting to capture the essence of the wind. This is an engaging surreal documentary-like journey that takes him to many unexpected places, including a recreation of the set of Georges Méliès Le Voyage dans la lune (1902) where he laments that there is never any wind. Likewise, when he is permitted only ten minutes access to the Terracotta Army archaeological site, he resorts to purchasing replicas to complete his film. Reminiscent of Fata Morgana (1971) in which Werner Herzog searched the world for images which have yet to be captured on film, A Tale of the Wind explores the wind’s invisible relationship with mankind and its existence within our lungs as the air we breath (Klaus Ming October 2016).