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THE SLOW BUSINESS OF GOING

Feature film, 35mm, 95 minutes. [2001]

 

Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari

 

Petra Going is a migrant cyborg, an agent of the Global Nomad Project: an international “Experience Data Agency” which sends hundreds of “receivers” like her to wander the globe and record a succession of random encounters. Periodically, they return to agency headquarters where they deposit their accumulated memories into an archive. This archive is available to users who then vicariously and virtually inhabit the ready-made landscapes of touristic consciousness. The motto of the GNP: “Nostalgia For Rent.”

 

In Manhattan she meets an insecure assassin.
In Tokyo she convinces a hypothermiac gangster to get undressed.
In Prague a man is hit with a pie and collapses unconscious.
In Thessaloniki she dances a passionate tango.
In Tangiers, a soccer player contemplates getting out of bed.
And in Havana… in Havana she meets Micah for a long-promised swimming lesson.
And afterwards, Petra commits her profession’s one unpardonable sin: she allows herself to remember.

 

Filmed over five years in constant motion, developed in collaboration with its actors through dramatic improvisations and autobiography, “The Slow Business of Going” spans both geography and genre: from slapstick to surrealism, from film noir to science fiction, from tragedy to travelogue, from multimedia to melodrama.

 

A chronicle of collisions between male and female, the corporate and the corporeal, the personal and the global, The Slow Business of Going is a tribute to a century of cinema and to the new millennium of technomadic visions.

 

 

"Startling, liberating..."
- La Libération (France)


"A revelation..."
- Réel (Montreal)


"A stunning directorial debut...it rattles the brain long afterward. ...wholly original, wholly beautiful..."
- The Austin Chronicle (Austin, Texas)


"a permanent erection for the eye"
- Domitila Bedel, Senses of Cinema

AWARDS AND SCREENING HISTORY

Best of 2001, The “Village Voice” Critics' Poll (New York), USA, 2002

Best of Cineprobe Film Series, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA, 2002

Best Film Award, New York Underground Film Festival, USA, 2002

Best Film Award, Lausanne Film Festival, Switzerland, 2002

Special Committee Award, "L’Alternativa", Barcelona Independent Film Festival, Spain, 2001

Best Direction, Anchorage International Film Festival, Alaska, USA, 2001

Special Mention ‘New Look’, Rotterdam Film Festival, Netherlands, 2001

“Best of the Fest” Audience award, Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK, 2001

Cineprobe Film Series, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA, 2002

New York Underground Film Festival, USA, 2002

Lausanne Film Festival, Switzerland, 2002

"L’Alternativa", Barcelona Independent Film Festival, Spain, 2001

Anchorage International Film Festival, Alaska, USA, 2001

"New Look", Rotterdam Film Festival, Netherlands, 2001

Edinburgh International Film Festival, UK, 2001

In Competition, Thessaloniki International Film Festival, Greece, 2000

Bafici, Buenos Aires Festival International de Cine Independiente, Argentina

Gen Art Film Festival, New York, USA

New Cinema from Europe, Harvard Film Archive, USA

Internationales Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg, Germany

Honk Kong International Film Festival, China

Los Angeles Film Festival, USA

Lausanne Underground and Music Film Festival, Switzerland

“Entrevues” Festival du Film Belfort, France

South by Southwest Film Festival, Austin, Texas, USA

IMAGES
CREDITS

CAST

Lizzie Martínez as Petra Going

Daniel Aukin as Soccer Player

Mike Martin as Hypothermiac

Steve Moore as Slapstick Man

Kenny Strickland as Tango Man

Gary Price as Gunman

Maria Tsantsanoglou as Micah

Sandra Carter as Celeste

Suzanne Pinette as Marie

Lauren Pithey-Petrie as the Captain



Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari

Produced by Athina Rachel Tsangari and Matt Johnson

Written by Daniel Aukin, Jim Davis, Matt Johnson, Mike Martin, Lizzie Martínez, Steve Moore, Tasca Shadix, Kenny Strickland and Athina Rachel Tsangari

Story by Athina Rachel Tsangari

Cinematography: Deborah Eve Lewis

Music: Mark Orton with Tin Hat Trio

Editor: Matt Johnson

Co-editor: Leah Bowers

Sound Design: Jeremy Fleishman, Matt Johnson and Juan Diaz



Producer: HAOS FILM

Co-producers: CINEMANOMAD (USA), Greek Film Centre (Greece)

Distributed by Hellas Films (GFC, Greece)

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