Alexander Carver & Daniel Schmidt | China & USA 2013, 98 minutes | 3pm, Saturday 3 June at the IMA
A hypnotic and erotic sci-fi tone poem, exquisitely shot on a mixture of Super 16 and Super 8, The Unity of All Things 物之合 tracks the metaphysical and psychosexual changes undergone by a group of research physicists as they prepare for the construction of a new particle accelerator on the U.S.-Mexico border. Meanwhile, the group leader’s two teenage sons (played by actresses, in drag) find themselves exploring an incestuous romance. Daniel Schmidt and Alexander Carver’s film is a singular audiovisual experience, an entrancing and grainy hallucination in which bodies, the sea, haunting drones, neon lights, and gargantuan scientific apparatuses (three real-life particle colliders provide the location for much of the film) commingle to yield a portrait of desire that is nothing short of cosmic. – filmlinc.
D Alexander Carver and Daniel Schmidt S Alexander Carver & Daniel Schmidt P Mark De Pace, Zachary Mortensen, Daniel Schmidt C Charles Ackley Anderson E Alexander Carver & Daniel Schmidt
Language: Cantonese, English, Japanese, Spanish with English Subtitles
Distribution: Alexander Carver & Daniel Schmidt
Unrated 15 +
The Unity of All Things 物之合 is preceded by Could See A Puma. (Williams, 2011, 17 minutes).
The accident leads a group of young boys from the high roofs of their neighbourhood, passing through its destruction, to the deepest of the earth.
Courtesy of Eduardo Williams.