The Zone will be premiered at Bristol Arnolfini on Friday 2nd November and will be introduced by Vicki Bennett.
The Zone is the first feature-length film by Vicki Bennett a.k.a People Like Us. Running Stalker and The Wizard of Oz side-by-side, it tells one story of two journeys to “the promised land, the world where dreams can be made real and reality is like a dream.” The films sit side by side, staying loyal to the linear narrative, but editing the longer film to the length of the shorter, revealing delightful harmonies and synchronicities both in images and narrative occurring far more than either pure chance would dictate or the imagination construct. The Zone is inspired by the Chance Operations of John Cage, Cut-Up techniques of Gysin/Burroughs and Kurt Schwitters, and single shot/durational films (Andy Warhol, James Benning).
Please note: this film is not being distributed as of January 2013 after a legal claim by Mosfilm, the rights holders of Tarkovsky.
UPDATE (2017) – Turns out the Mosfilm do NOT own Tarkovsky films, nor have they ever!!! We were not alone in receiving take down orders from them, they’d been sending them to many people for years. We were informed of this by Curzon who DO own them, at least now. The Zone is up here: