New from A Reel of One’s Own by Andrea Thompson: Sundance Film Festival 2020 Review – małni – towards the ocean, towards the shore

By Andrea Thompson

Experimental film can often be an alibi for laziness, an excuse for a filmmaker to cobble together some B-roll footage in an attempt at soulful eloquence. Thankfully, Sky Hopinka can’t be accused of anything resembling neglect in his experimental documentary małni – towards the ocean, towards the shore. All his filmmaking choices are deeply deliberate, from the sounds of nature almost dominating the dialogue at points, to allowing filmmaking efforts to be visible rather than imperceptible, such as the camera being picked up and set down.

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