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The Forgotten Space

Forgotten Space
International title The Forgotten Space
Section Llendes / Competición No Ficción
Country Holanda / Austria
Year 2010
Format HDCAM
Color / B&W Color y B&N
Running time 112 min
Original language Holandés, Inglés, Español, Bahasa Indonesia, Coreano, Cantonés, Chino
Director Allan Sekula, Noël Burch
Screenplay Allan Sekula, Noël Burch
Film Editing Menno Boerema
Music Ricardo Tesi, Louis Andriessen
Production Frank van Reemst, Joost Verheij
Cast Narración: Allan Sekula
Producer Doc. Eye Film
Synopsis Based on Fish Story, Allan Sekula’s long-term project, the movie is a film essay using the sea, a generally forgotten space only taken into account when a disaster strikes, as a recurrent motive. It includes testimonies from engineers, politicians and workers; and also from people whose opinions are often ignored by the system: displaced farmers from Holland and Belgium, Chinese workers whose low wages are key in the fragile balance of world economy or over-exploited truck drivers barely surviving in Los Angeles. The film, which also makes a stopover in Bilbao, is a treatise on the economic crisis using merchandise transportation, tracing the routes of huge container freighters, trains and trucks in incessant movement around the world.
Director bio Allan Sekula. Born in Eerie, Pennsylvania, in 1951. He has worked with photographic sequences, texts, slides and sound recordings since the 70s. In 2001 he did his first work in films with
Tsukiji, a City Symphony, about the huge Tokyo Fish Market. Sekula is also a writer and he has
published several books like Fish Story (1995), Seemannsgarn (2002) and Performance under Working Conditions (2003). The Forgotten Space came about as a sequel to Fish Story.

Noël Burch. Noël Burch has lived in France since 1951, although he was born in San Francisco in 1932. He reached fame in the academic circles for a central theoretical work, Praxis du Cinema (1969). In this book he suggests a new concept of ‘Institutional Mode of Representation’, which he would develop in several subsequent books like The Theory of Film Practice (1981) and The Infinite Skylight (1991). His work in the film industry can be divided into three sections: the experimental-formalist cinema (Le Noviciat, The Impersonation), the films on films (a work he developed on French TV towards the end of the 60s (Cinéastes de notre temps), and on the English TV in the 80s (What Do Those Old Films Mean?) and political denouncing films (Aller-simple, Red Hollywood). He won the Special Award of the Jury in the Orizzonti section of the Venice Film Festival with The Forgotten Space, which he co-directed with Allan Sekula.