Experimental Cinema, Snow & Saïto


La Région Centrale (Michael Snow, 1971, 16mm)

A meditation of time itself.

Challenges the viewer’s capacity for prayer as it entangles the spiritual and physical in worlds both of the reveler and the revealed through a form of fixed yet flowing movement.

Slighted only in that concept is greater than creation and the finite world of mathematics inspired concepts is limited by its own presupposed parameters.

A novel experiment.

85/100 – Excellent.



Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis (Daïchi Saïto, 2009, 35mm)

A cataclysm of unmediated energy.

Reverberating pulses of light & sound conjure a psycho-physical response and shift in metabolic activity.

Film grain and the dark cavern of cinema support this effect.

90/100 – Amazing.

5 Stars



About Kamran Ahmed

I have a Masters in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto. I work as a freelance writer and film critic in Vancouver. My writing is primarily distributed through Next Projection, an online film journal based in Toronto.
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