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A SPOT ON THE SUN/ SMOTYN AR YR HAUL/ UNE TACHE SUR LE SOLEIL
UNITED KINGDOM AND CANADA / KIM KIELHOFNER / 2014 / COLOR / 13 MIN 22 SEC / ENGLISH / WELSH/ FRENCH
A Spot on the Sun /Smotyn Ar Yr Haul/Une Tache sur le Soleil, is my attempt to recreate experimental filmmaker Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil from memory. Working from fragments, the film weaves together into an engrossing narrative. It follows patterns of thought through material such as Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, WG Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn, Virginia Woolf’s The Waves, and combines it with personal, intimate footage, images of the Welsh landscape, San Francisco, and of course, Chris Marker’s favourite animal, cats. The text was translated from English to Welsh to French and back to English. In these multiple reiterations, the text spills and transforms. In each version, the film was given an empty timeline and reconstructed in editing from memory of the previous.

       
       

Vue de l’exposition Faire des histoires : Kim Kielhofner. A Spot on the Sun/Smotyn Ar Yr Haul/Une tache sur le soleil, VOX, du 28 février au 28 mars 2015. Crédit : Michel Brunelle. 
View of the exhibition Faire des histoires : Kim Kielhofner. A Spot on the Sun/Smotyn Ar Yr Haul/Une tache sur le soleil, VOX, from February 28 to March 28, 2015. Credit: Michel Brunelle.