Incredibly rich visual experience of the visions of hell, made by Canadian film archivist Stephen Broomer based on the first film adaptation of the Divine Comedy of 1911. The film will be presented by medievalist Mikhail Maizuls.
Canada | 2018 | 64 min Stephen Broomer Russian premiere
A fable and immram, sifted from the cloak and rubble of the Comedy, a vision before Dante. The soul of the knight Tondal, stricken by the excesses of his flesh, quits his body to tour the next world. He is guided by an angel through heaven, hell and limbo. What lessons await him here? To every pleasure there is a cost, for poetry is a kind of poison, and even your angels will get you lost. Angel, tell me, for how long was I dead? Be it true or be it false, it is as the copy was.
Stephen Broomer (b. 1984, Toronto) is a filmmaker and film preservationist. He is the author of Hamilton Babylon: A History of the McMaster Film Board (2016) and Codes for North: Foundations of the Canadian Avant-Garde Film (2017). His films have screened at Anthology Film Archives, San Francisco Cinematheque, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam.
Mikhail Maizuls – medieval historian, translator, the "Enlightener" prize winner (2018), author of the books "Demons and Sinners in Old Russian Iconography: Semiotics of the Image" (in collaboration with D.I. Antonov); "Anatomy of Hell: the Guide to Old Russian Visual Demonology" (in collaboration with D.I. Antonov); "Suffering in the Middle Ages" (in collaboration with S. Zotov and D. Kharman); "Mousetrap of St. Joseph. How Medieval Image Speaks to the Viewer".