Tiff 2012: ‘Sans Soleil’ an intimate and sprawling essay on time and memory

Sans Soleil

Written by Chris Marker

Directed by Chris Marker

France, 1983

Not only has the late Chris Marker’s Sans Soleil been revered for over two decades as a singular work of imaginative filmmaking, but it’s since gone on to receive a multitude of accolades as well as the Criterion treatment. Most importantly, it works as a sort of trailblazing dreamscape that defies explanation. It remains alive in ways that few films of its kind are: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Baraka, Hiroshima mon amour, and The Tree of Life also seem to be cut from the same cinematic cloth; films that are constantly churning the brain toward contemplation and appreciation for the cosmic and every day wonders of our existence. The film would be the first proper viewing of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, perhaps an odd choice given how dated it is, but rather appropriate due to Marker’s recent passing.
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