Choir of love
2014, 19:02 minutes, colour, English
Life, like film, moves forward. We either carry our complicated past and our loves forward inside ourselves or they’re gone. It’s our big gamble on the future.
Set on the Aran island of Inisheer, Choir of love conflates the ideas of leaving for a new world and leaving this world. The central metaphor is traveling across the sea, young people looking for opportunity and for love, and old people saying goodbye, a beginning and an ending. Both departures are connected to the death of the filmmaker’s father.
Some situations are too difficult to tackle directly. Choir of love uses analogy and structural interconnections; each scene illuminates the next; a personal acceptance shows a way to reconciliation - to where Ireland, astonishingly, seems to have arrived.
Choir of love combines animation, puppets and digital effects. The text is written by the artist, with selected late poems by Yeats.
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