PÖFF : 2021 : BNFF

World premiere

Alice, Through the Looking: À la recherche d’un lapin perdu

Local title
Alice kadunud jänese otsingul
Title in Russian
Алиса в поисках пропавшего кролика
Director
Adam Donen
Country
United Kingdom
Year
2021
Festival
25th Black Nights Film Festival
Programme
First Feature Competition
Genre
fantasy, satirical comedy

What happens when after the Wonderland, Alice finds herself in the post-Brexit United Kingdom? Philosophy student Alice’s world is turned upside down on the morning after a masquerade party when her soulmate Rabbit whom she found the previous night has disappeared into thin air without leaving a trace after the crazy night, as befits the mysticism of the 21st century.

As if that was not enough, it turns out that the entire frolicky night has been personally commented on by flesh-and-bone Slavoj Žižek, and not only him. Alice’s three selves are also taken on by the big guns of Slovenian philosophy, Alenka Zupancic and Mladen Dolar.

However, "Alice, Through the Looking" is all but a pale philosophical thought exercise. In order to get the closest idea, you should imagine that you are sitting at a table in a crowded and bustling café, having your eighth consecutive espresso and debating with David Lynch, Woody Allen and Jean-Luc Godard. These are, indeed, big names to characterise a debutante, but in director Adam Donen’s case lesser names are not enough.

Having made history with the world’s first holographic production and as a composer and musician, Donen has now set his course towards feature films and his world premiere has landed straight in PÖFF’s competition programme. It is definitely worth seeing Donen’s kick-off with your own eyes, as he is about to embark on a truly magnificent flight to big stars.

Elise Eimre

Director
Adam Donen
Screenwriter
Adam Donen
Cast
Saskia Axten, Steven Berkoff, Carol Cleveland, Alan Ford, Vanessa Redgrave
Producer
Daniel S. Reynolds
DoP
Jason Ellis
Editor
David Gesslbauer
Music
Adam Donen, Robert Harder
Production
12th Battalion Productions
World sales
Czar Films
Runtime
Language
English
Subtitles
Estonian, English
Director
Adam Donen

Adam Donen (sündinud Kaplinnas) on režissöör, helilooja, kirjanik ja „holograafilise draama“ leiutaja. Tema viimaste tööde hulka kuuluvad „Sümfoonia kadunud generatsioonile“, maailma esimene täielikult holograafiline draama, ja „Nixon in Agony“, maailma esimene binauraalne draama. Ta on kirjutanud ka libretosid, lavastanud traditsioonilisi ja kohapõhiseid teatrietendusi, komponeerinud klassikalisi vorme suurtele orkestritele ja sooloesinejatele ning avaldanud neli albumitäit lauludega. Hetkel jagab ta oma aega Baden-Badeni, Londoni ja Kaplinna vahel.

Best Film Award, grant of 5000 euros from National Geographic

Screenings

Hall 2 Coca-Cola Plaza
Screening140202 / Alice kadunud jänese otsingul
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
Q&A guestsAdam Donen - Director, Ben Lawrence - Producer, Saskia Axten - Actress
Q&A duration
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Hall Electric Cinema
Screening162203 / Alice kadunud jänese otsingul
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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Hall 1 Kino Artis
Screening171504 / Alice kadunud jänese otsingul
SubtitlesEnglish, Estonian
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