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March 22, 2019


(Dir. Helena Wittmann, 2017)

Los Angeles premiere!


7:30 PM


8:00 PM


Echo Park Film Center
1200 N. Alvarado St, Los Angeles, CA. 90026

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Filmmaker-artist  Helena Wittmann’s subtly audacious first feature follows friends  Theresa, a German, and Josefina, an Argentinian, as they spend a weekend  together on the North Sea, taking long walks on the beach and stopping  at snack stands. Eventually they separate—  Josefina eventually returns  to her family in Argentina and Theresa crosses the Atlantic for the  Caribbean—and the film gives way to a transfixing and delicate  meditation on the poetics of space. Self-consciously evoking the work of  Michael Snow and masterfully lensed by Wittmann herself, Drift is by turns cosmic and intimate. 96 mins.

Preceded by: Ada Kaleh (Dir. Helena Wittmann, 2018)

This  precisely calibrated domestic diorama alights upon the imagined futures  of a group of anonymous young adults. In Helena Wittmann’s warmly  rendered feat of formalist filmmaking, questions of time and the  realities of space convene in languid interior pans, incremental shifts  in light, and the private reflections of her subjects. 14 mins.

Astonishing... confirms both Wittmann’s emotional acuity and formal rigor.

- Phil Coldiron, MUBI Notebook

Beautifully mesmerizing... [Drift's] approach  is radical for a feature, jettisoning dialogue and plot, and it is  radical too in its depiction of female solitude, a rare subject in art.

- Imogen Sara Smith, Film Comment

Delightfully  rebellious... belongs to a microcosm of art-house multisensorial  features drawing their inspiration from the unfathomable mysteries of  the sea

- Leonardo Goi, The Film Stage

Stirring... Drift slips into a trance state that seems to approximate that of its  pioneering heroine, who mutates from a tangible woman to a somnambulant  cipher, her presence secondary to the lulling movements of the aquatic  expanse before her.

- Carson Lund, Slant Magazine

(Available to download after screening date)

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