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SFFILM Festival

H.

Directed by Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia

USA/Argentina | 97

24 Apr
Fri, Apr 24, 2015 at 9:45 pm

Description

Challenging our ideas about narrative connections, H. envisions a world thrown out of balance by a possible astronomical event. When something falls from the sky and explodes over Troy, NY, there follows a rash of strange apparent effects. People are reported missing throughout the city. Weird weather is witnessed. And the fates of two women, unknown to one another and both named Helen, are entwined. The first Helen, in her 60s, sates her desire for motherhood by doting on an eerily lifelike “Reborn Doll,” a replica of an infant that requires regular attention, such as feedings and changings. The second Helen is a young, hip artist who makes work with her husband and is pregnant with their child. The astral event throws the couple’s lives into turmoil pushing them to confront the shaky foundations of their relationship and careers. All the while, it seems the destinies of these two Helens of Troy are merging, guided by mysterious agents. Co-directors Rania Attieh and Daniel Garcia (OK, Enough, Goodbye, SFIFF 2012) have crafted an elliptical, confounding and beautiful tale of cosmic forces run amok. Both a mind-bending puzzle and sensual experience, this atypical narrative continuously opens questions about the nature of its world. —Sean Uyehara

Director Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia

Rania Attieh (left) and Daniel Garcia (right) are winners of the 2015 “Someone to Watch” Independent Spirit Award. Named among the 25 faces of independent film by Filmmaker Magazine in 2011, they are also 2014 Guggenheim Fellows and 2012 US Rockefeller Fellows in film. Attieh is from Tripoli, Lebanon, and Garcia is from South Texas. Their films have screened at the Forum des Images in France, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, MoMA, the Walker Art Center and film festivals around the world. OK, Enough, Goodbye (SFIFF 2012), their feature-film debut, received the Best New Director prize at the Abu Dhabi Film Fest and a special jury mention at SFIFF 2012 and was screened at the Torino, Buenos Aires, Philadelphia and Belfort film festivals.

Trailer

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Film Details

Language English

Year 2015

Runtime 97

Country USA/Argentina

Director Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia

Producer Pierce Varous, Iván Eibuszyc, Matthew Thurm, Shruti Ganguly, Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia

Writer Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia

Editor Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia

Cinematographer Daniel Garcia

Music Kazu Makino, Alex Weston, Jesse Gelaznik, Daniel Garcia

Cast Robin Bartlett, Rebecca Dayan, Will Janowitz