SEBASTIAN MEZ

 

DIE GROSSE LEERE

written & directed by Sebastian Mez cinematography, editing and VFX Sebastian Mez sound design Genoel von Lilienstern & Sebastian Mez music Genoel von Lilienstern, Morten J Olsen producer Maximilian Haslberger, Balthasar Busmann production company Amerikafilm GmbH, Berlin

Running Time 86‘ Source Format HD Master Format DCP 2K Sound 7.1

On a mysterious crackling magnetic tape, a “viewer” discovers shaky, low-definition images, whichseem to have been shot during a moon landing. It is as if we had just landed on another planet, the desert - or rather deserted landscapes of which, filmed in static shots, seem nonetheless familiar to us and encircled by a worrying strangeness. Traces of the past remain: rusty machines, pylons, human artefacts that multiply as the cameraman approaches what were towns, now plunged into absolute and silent desolation. Although Sebastian Mez shot the images of his new film before the pandemic that immobilised a large part of the world last spring, The Great Void is inevitably enshrined within the dystopic imagination disseminated across consciences by this global event. Composing a series of magnificently framed scenes, emptied of all living presence, the filmmaker observes without blinking the agony of our civilisation. No more, no less. (Emmanuel Chicon)

Awards

Special Mention at Visions du Réel 2021