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PATIENCE (AFTER SEBALD)

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DIRECTED BY GRANT GEE

W.G. Sebald (1944-2001), one of the 20th century’s greatest literary figures, wrote evocatively of memory and exile, destruction and decay; his legion of fierce admirers  compare him to Virginia Woolf, Proust, and Rousseau. A.O. Scott writes in The New York Times: “PATIENCE (AFTER SEBALD) is, to some degree, a survey of the work of the German writer W.G. Sebald, who spent most of his career in England and whose books, blending fiction, memoir, philosophy and travel writing, defy easy classification. The film, assembling critics and colleagues to reflect on Sebald’s 1998 book,The Rings of Saturn, is both an essay in interpretation and an attempt to replicate the writer’s distinctive, elusive sensibility in a visual medium. (The film) tries to be both descriptive and immersive, explaining its subject even as it reproduces aspects of his style.” Includes commentary by writers and artists Robert McFarlane, Rick Moody, Adam Phillips, Tacita Dean, and Chris Petit.

UK • 2011 • 84 MINS. • IN ENGLISH • CINEMA GUILD

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CRITICS’ PICK! It is a landscape film, an essay film, a celebrity biography full of testimony from friends and colleagues and also a hauntingly original piece of literary criticism… Devoted readers of Sebald will already be lining up along West Houston Street with dog-eared paperbacks, waiting for the Film Forum box office to open.” 
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“All this is “after Sebald” in an interesting triple sense: later than him, according to him, and pursuing him… PATIENCE has all kinds of interesting angles and moments…  There is a wonderful reading by Jonathan Pryce from Sebald’s text… I don’t know whether Gee chose to have Pryce read the text because there wasn’t a recording by Sebald himself. Whatever the reason, the result is wonderful… I’m making this sound more complicated than it is, but not, I hope, more magical than it is.”
– Michael Wood, Artforum

“Gee acquits himself honorably… (The film) could easily have been heavy or shapeless, an intellectual grab bag, but it hangs together surprisingly well, flowing almost as gracefully as the book.”
– Elise Nakhnikian, The L Magazine

“Immensely enjoyable. Suffolk (England) becomes a sort of palimpsest for Sebald’s eloquent, precise, lugubrious, often drily witty meditations about war, death, destruction and decay, about memories and continuities and the feeling that nothing entirely disappears. Grant Gee’s film should make anyone want to read The Rings of Saturn and the rest of Sebald’s relatively small but exquisite oeuvre”
–- Philip French, The Observer (London)

“Grant Gee’s likably loquacious, digressive documentary… is teasing, elegant and perhaps inevitably unresolved.”
– Xan Brooks, The Guardian (London)

“Both an essay in interpretation and an attempt to replicate the writer’s distinctive, elusive sensibility in a visual medium. (It) tries to be both descriptive and immersive, explaining its subject even as it reproduces aspects of his style.”
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Exhilaratingly original. While prior familiarity with the text is not essential (the film is an excellent beginner’s guide), those intrigued by its profusion of ideas will doubtless be rereading or purchasing their own copy soon after the end credits have faded.”
– Michael Brooke, Sight & Sound

“Grant Gee’s documentary is very winning. There are spoken thoughts from an all-star cast of thinkers and artists, pondering the death of innocence, the purposes of art, the sculpting erosions of time… It can take a stranger from a strange land to point out frist, to his adoptive countrymen, the strangeness and wonder of their own land.”
– Nigel Andrews, Financial Times (London)

“(A) quietly powerful film.”
–  Mark Fisher, Sight & Sound