Short film written, directed, and starring Maya Deren following her debut work “Meshes of The Afternoon” (1943). The first scene depicts the sea, a recurring element in the work of the Ukrainian choreographer and filmmaker, in a film which defies categorization, inviting us to plunge into a woman’s journey through different times, scenarios, and subjectivities. The formalist intention of the work, with its singular spatial discontinuity, coexists with the fluidity of bodies in incessant movement, culminating in a cardinal work for which there are no certainties, only multiple possibilities. (C. I.)
Born in Ukraine, Maya Deren (1917-1961) spent most of her life in the United States, where she devoted herself to filmmaking and film theory as well as poetry, dance, choreography, and photography. A seminal figure of American avant-garde cinema, she directed, in collaboration with Alexander Hammid, one of the most notorious and influential short films in the history of experimental cinema, "Meshes of The Afternoon" (1943).