SIFF 2018: * [“Star”] **1/2

By Dennis Hartley

(Originally posted on Digby’s Hullabaloo on May 26, 2018)

You see, the thing about “experimental films” is that…they’re experiments. And the viewer gets the dubious privilege of being the lab rat. How do I describe this one in particular? To paraphrase Keir Dullea in the film 2010: “My god, it’s full of stars!” Hence, the film’s title. I could also describe it as being 90 minutes too long, because Johann Lurf’s, high concept collage would have made a great 10 minute short. Lurf curated every filmed image of starry skyscapes he could get his mitts on, spanning from 1905 to 2017, and then condensed them chronologically into a narrative-free film. The clever bit is, you also get a condensed look at how film technology itself has evolved over 100 years. Something else you may get from this 99-minute flash-cut endurance test: a bout of vertigo, or an epileptic seizure. You have been warned: Watch at your own risk.

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