Communicating Vessels

Annie MacDonell, Maïder Fortuné

IndieLisboa 2020 •

Documentary, Experimental, 2020, 35′

Communicating vessels. A phenomenon in which liquid fills connected containers to the same level, despite its differences in shape. Prized at Rotterdam Film Festival, this film applies the idea to human relationships, in particular teacher and student.

Based on the works by Dennis Oppenheim, Lygia Clark and Joan Jonas, the film recounts the experience of an experimental film teacher with a female student, interested in performing for the camera. A sweet voice describes and analyzes the result of the exercises, going through a critical history of the beginnings of video performance. Everything becomes more complex when the gestures themselves become a sophisticated metaphor for interpersonal relationships, the teaching of the arts, parenting, alterity and the very act of seeing and … of being. (Ricardo Vieira Lisboa)