Our Screen Notes series allows a more in-depth discussion of the films that we are showing this year at Open City Docs Fest. Contributors from a variety of vantage points and fields including scientists, scholars and students have given their unique perspectives on the documentaries they've enjoyed, sharing their expertise and experiences to add an extra dimension to the documentaries.
|Wrong Time Wrong Place|
Mark Le Fanu is director of film history at the European Film College in Denmark. Besides his interest in Japanese cinema, he is the author of a widely-acclaimed pioneer study of the Russian film-maker Tarkovsky (The Cinema of Andrei Tarkovsky, BFI books), and is a frequent contributor to journals such as Sight & Sound and Positif.
Le Fanu has written about Wrong Time Wrong Place, a film by John Appel. Released in 2012, it was produced in the Netherlands and has a run time of 80'. Wrong Time Wrong Place was been nominated for our Open City Grand Jury Award.
Appel's film focuses on the massacre carried out by a lone gunman, Anders Behring Breivik on the island of Utøya in Norway in 2011. Instead of focusing on the perpetrator, Appel instead chooses to on the survivors and relatives of those who died. Several people caught up in the violence explain how their lives changed forever that day, including members of the families of victims and a man who had a chance meeting with Anders Breivik, the man later convicted of carrying out the attacks, on a ferry. Appel explores the senselessness of the tragedies on Utøya and our ability to cope with the absurd.
To read Le Fanu's piece, follow the link below: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B2ELCplMBK2Qa2hKbE81ZE5CaU0/edit?usp=sharing