VIDEO-ART

WorldLight

Ragnar Kjartansson’s unique work is at the crossroads between performance and cinema. Amongst others, this is the occasion to discover a cinematic painting of the everyday, a landscape-inspired homage to Goethe, and a cinematographic adaptation of an epic Icelandic novel. This movie is a cinematographic adaptation of an novel named World Light (1937-1940) by Nobel price winner, Halldór Laxness - in an unedited version lasting more than 20 hours. Toying with the inner workings of theatre and the driving forces at work in tragedy, Ragnar Kjartansson subverts all genres and formats, blurring the boundaries between fiction and reality. He succeeds in bringing to the surface different emotions via melodramatic gestures, at the same time as revealing the reality at play in the fundaments of all forms of theatrical or lyrical representation.