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COMMUNION LOS ANGELES [UK Premiere]
(USA, 2018, Adam R. Levine, Peter Bo Rappmund, 68 mins)
A road movie, a freeway symphony, a highly crafted journey through urban space, Communion LA conjures an experimental masterpiece out of its stunning images and remarkable collaged soundscape, as it traces 35 miles of California’s oldest highway, Route 110, through Metropolitan Los Angeles.
Eight years in the making, the intricately made film stitches together individual frames at a varying pace to transform its images into a stuttering rhythmic flow, interwoven with a rich tapestry of overheard conversations, radio, field recordings and music, to produce a very different kind of road movie; a mesmeric, psychogeographic trip from the San Gabriel Mountains into a baroque, nocturnal City of Angels, towards the Pacific Ocean beyond.
The film’s Dodge Challenger protagonist carries influences from Thom Andersen (with whom both directors have worked) and James Benning in the back-seat, but drives off in a direction all of its own. A tonal voyage through architecture and communities, centre and periphery, day and night, Communion Los Angeles both maps an urban artery and crafts a unique artefact out of it, conducting crosstown traffic into a freeway symphony.