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quietearth [Celluloid 12.11.11] scifi drama

I have no idea how we missed this as this type of film is essential QE fare, but Marek Polgar's first feature played at Fantasia Fest 2011. Oddly though, I can't find any news of it since let alone any reviews. Since it's based on the idea that people living in a city think it's a maze and they're looking for an exit, I'm utterly fascinated. It's reminiscent of Jens Lien's enigmatic and brilliant Kafka-esque nightmare The Bothersome Man which is much loved here at QE.

Every day growing numbers of men and women walk the streets of the city, opening doors. They leave their jobs, their families, their entire lives behind so they can open dozens of doors a day.

They believe that the city is a maze. They are searching for something they're convinced has been lost: the exit. They don’t know what’s waiting behind it, but they all agree that whatever it is it must be something better.

Some are sure that nothing in this world, our world, matters at all. The people who live here are only obstacles, distractions, or pawns. Many believe that love is a trap – just another reason to grow comfortable within the maze. You’ll settle down, have children, and soon won’t even see the walls around you. Exhausted by the search, others try to return to their old lives only to find the city never looks the same again.

The believers gather in strange, disorganised meetings to swap maps and tactics. Some say that the exit can only be opened if you have no attachments to this world. Others say it's just a door. Some say they’ll write maps for all their loved ones once they’ve found it; others can’t wait to leave everything behind.

Using an arcane system of maps, symbols and measurements, one believer – a woman named Alice – says she’s pinpointed its location. She’s sure that once she opens the door, she’ll be gone.

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chuck (10 years ago) Reply

OMG this is parallel to my own mental preoccupations of the last few years. I have been emersed in mazes- unicursal, unending mazes that feed back into themselves like the floor of Chartres Cathedral done as celtic knotwork. The whole trip comes down to the city as an endless maze and every man, machine and animal trudges along forever crassing the same path blindly. It is cool and kinda weird when complete strangers have the same ideas and inspirations. I'd love to spend an evening with the writer(s) of this film comparing ideas. I can't wait to see this. Weird stuff like this is what keeps me coming back to QE- thanks!


chuck (10 years ago) Reply

Just to clarify- the above post was in reference to my art work and not to some strange halucinations or psychotic paranoia. But yeah- the city as a maze thing has been showing up in my art lately.
I'll do the bong hits after I comment next time.


sean (10 years ago) Reply

Melbourne looks beautiful in this trailer


West (10 years ago) Reply

I just kept waiting for someone to ask "What is the Matrix?" LOL but it looks interesting can't wait to check it out.

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