Directed by Emiko Omori
Starring: Tom Luddy, David Thomson, Peter Scarlet, David Peoples, Janet Peoples, Erica Marcus
Bay Area filmmaker Emiko Omori discovered the work of famously elusive filmmaker Chris Marker in the mid-1960s and was instantly enthralled. Later, meeting the master himself, she was tongue-tied and awestruck. Still later, she was one of the cinematographers on Marker’s miniseries The Owl’s Legacy. Through a collage of clips, reminiscences and interviews with critics, filmmakers, friends and fans, Omori paints a surprisingly detailed and intimate yet tantalizingly incomplete portrait, from Marker’s obsession with Hitchcock’s Vertigo and devotion to cat Guillaume to the mystery of his birthplace and his adamant refusal to be photographed. With ravishing images, often unrelated to the narrative in a style echoing Marker’s own in films such as Sans Soleil, To Chris Marker is a fitting tribute to the visionary filmmaker who died in July at 91, and whose astonishingly modern oeuvre makes a case for him being a man from the future like the protagonist of his masterpiece, La Jetée. *Screens with Chris marker’s classic, La Jetée.
Film Note Writer: Margarita Landazuri
LA JETEE accompanies the feature film on 10/6 only.