Distant Constellation
Hop Film Event

Distant Constellation

with director Shevaun Mizrahi
April 28, 2022

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Film Event season. This is an archived view.

This delicate, magical documentary follows the colorful residents of a Turkish retirement home, a community of pranksters, historians, artists and would-be Casanovas.

21/22 Hop Film Event

Distant Constellation | Official Trailer #1

Shevaun Mizrahi's contemplative, gorgeous and entirely unique documentary ostensibly takes place in an Istanbul retirement home. A creaky-voiced woman confides her personal account of the Armenian genocide. A sweetly deluded pianist performs a composition before confessing his love. A blind photographer fiddles with his flash as he points his own camera back at us. This playful, immaculately controlled debut finds hypnotizing rhythms in the residents' limbo-like state. Mizrahi, whose apprenticeship with cinematographer Ed Lachman shows in the painterly care and tonal precision of her compositions, creates an experience that lingers in the mind long after the credits roll. D: Shevaun Mizrahi, Turkey, subtitled, 2018

A conversation with director Shevaun Mizrahi and Prof. Gerd Gemunden follows the film.

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