(TORONTO, ON) – The National Film Board’s Quiet Zone is a quintessential arts film with no mass commercial potential. It is a very bizarre story of a woman, sensitive to electrical impulses, in a quest for a quiet zone unaffected by the transmission of radio waves.
The cinematography is half art canvass, half distorted semi-burnt 35mm film, looking more like a blobby synthetic acid trip at a 1972 Mahogany Rush concert. It’s a delicate, yet beautiful, combination of art and film, leaving one with a rich visual sensation rather than just a movie.
The narration drones on but is overtaken by a stunning visual presentation.
Electrical fields and radio transmissions buzz and surround the poor woman desperately seeking refuge. The story is somewhat interesting, but the beautiful imagery quickly displaces it. In fact, turn off the sound and you still have a visual masterpiece that is way beyond what the masses of movie goers would tolerate, even as a short before the latest Tom Cruise blockbuster.
If you love art and cinema you’ll enjoy this one.
(Quiet Zone, 2015, Canada, 14 minutes, National Film Board Production, Directors Karl Lemieux and David Bryant, 14 minutes, Toronto International Film Festival, 16 and 20 September)