September 2013

CLOSE-UP: UNMOORED FUTURE

Henriette Huldisch

IN ROSA BARBA’S enigmatic twenty-two-minute film Outwardly from Earth’s Center (2007), the inhabi­tants of a remote Swedish island in the Baltic Sea attempt to halt their home’s steady drift northward. The all-but-inevitable collision with the mainland at some indeterminate point in the future will be catastrophic indeed, yet there will be nothing sudden or unexpected …

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