Aleph
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    Aleph

    Directed by

    USA, Croatia, Qatar

    2021

    91 min

    • Arabic
    • English
    • Greek
    • Nepali
    • Serbo-Croatian
    • Spanish
    • Thai
    • Zulu

    Docufiction

    New Directors / New Films 2021

    Scope Expanded - Staff Picks

    Inspired by a short story of the same name from Argentinean writer Jorge Luis Borges, ALEPH is a uses elements of narrative fiction and documentary practice to observe and document the ties that bond people across space and time. The experience of meaning, as both revelation and challenge is what drives the film’s narrative. Through play with uncertainty and serendipity the film constructs its own narrative.

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    Credits

    Screenplay
    Iva Radivojević
    Cinematography
    Jimmy Ferguson
    Editing
    Iva Radivojević
    Production
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    A work of philosophy applied to the world of cinema, but it is also a work of auditory and visual poetry.

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    Iva Radivojević

    Iva Radivojević

    USA

    What interests me at the moment is a kind of ghost-like, spectral temporality, with the rhythm and pace of dreams. A mythical management of time. I’m interested in an image that looks back and asks : What is real? To which the viewer can reply : I am here and I am dreaming.

    Iva Radivojević was born in Belgrade and spent her early years in Yugoslavia and Cyprus. She is an artist and filmmaker who currently divides her time between subarctic Alaska, Brooklyn and Lesbos. Her work presents itself as a collection of fragments (observations, contemplations, poetry, images, sounds, melodies, languages) which collage together to connect into a ruminating whole. The work circles around displacement and belonging, seeking to connect to the metaphysical or the magical. Iva's films have screened at New York FF, New Directors/New Films, IFF Rotterdam, CPH:DOX, SXSW, DocLisboa, Museum of Modern Art (NYC) and others. She is the recipient of the Sundance Art of Non-Fiction Fellowship, Guggenheim Fellowship, Princess Grace Special Project Award and Film Fellowship, and Jerome Foundation Fellowship. Her latest film ALEPH (2021) was selected at Sarajevo FF.

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