The Unity of All Things

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    The Unity of All Things

    Directed by

    • Alexander Carver, Daniel Schmidt

    USA

    2013

    98 min

    • English
    • Spanish
    • Cantonese
    • Japanese

    Sci-fi

    The teenage sons of an expatriated Chinese physicist visit her in the United States, while she and her colleagues pursue the development of a massive particle collider intended to understand the origin of the universe. The Unity of All Things engages the utopian impulses of the sci-fi genre, not through the imagination of another world, but through the rendering of this world as “other”; conceiving the capitalist present allegorically as a particle collider, where instead of subatomic matter, History and subjectivity are collided and fragmented. All subjects are treated as alien, or as radical others who search for and advance different ideological, psychological or sexual ideals of belonging. Subjects oscillate between the contemplation of past societal traumas and idealizations of the future that refuse to synthesize or resolve, but instead reveal a troubling satire of the present.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Celia Au
    Andrea Chen
    Jennifer Kim
    Haruka Hashimoto
    Teresa Hui
    Cinematography
    Charles Ackley Anderson
    Editing
    Daniel Schmidt
    Alexander Carver
    Music
    Matthew Arkell
    Aaron David Ross
    Production
    GHOST ROBOT
    Daniel Schmidt

    Daniel Schmidt

    USA

    Born in New Haven, CT, USA. Daniel works in a variety of mediums, finding a focus in cinema and installation through a series of divergent works that include: A HISTORY OF MUTUAL RESPECT (co-directed with Gabriel Abrantes) won multiple international prizes including first prize at Locarno, was a Tiger Award nominee at Rotterdam, and was listed as the Best Short Film in the year-end list of BFI Sight & Sound. PALÁCIOS DE PENA (co-directed with Abrantes) premiered at Venice (Orizzonti award nominee). THE UNITY OF ALL THINGS premiered in competition at Locarno. LA ISLA ESTÁ ENCANTADA CON USTEDES was commissioned for the Biennale of Moving Image Images at Centre d’Art Contemporain Geneve (curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Andrea Bellini). An installed cinema-sculpture of LA ISLA tours museums while a theatrical version premiered in competition at the Berlinale.
    He is an alumnus of the Cannes Cinefondation, Berlinale Talent Campus, Rotterdam CineMart, and TorinoFilmLab.
    Daniel also presents outside the cinema, including the Centre Pompidou, Whitechapel Gallery, Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), and Kunst-Werke.
    In 2018, his first feature DIAMANTINO, co-directed with Gabriel Abrantes, was awarded the Nespresso Grand Prize at la Semaine de la Critique in Cannes.

    Selected Filmography

    Alexander Carver

    Alexander Carver

    USA

    Alexander Carver has been working in several mediums including sculptural and video installation, as well as film. He earned a BFA from The Cooper Union in New York and an MFA from Columbia University and has been the recipient of the Hayman Visual Arts Award and the Agnes Martin Fellowship. The Unity of All Things is his first feature film project.