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BIFF 2012: Vikingland [Terra de Vikingos]

Tuesday 24 April 2012, 2pm

Among the weirdest - and most wonderful - BIFF selections in recent years must be Vikingland, a found-footage compilation taken from VHS tapes shot on (and around) a ferry that sailed the North and Norwegian Seas in the early 90s.

The 'cameraman', Galician deckhand Luis Lomba, is no expert, and it takes him a little while to get the hang of his camcorder. But after initial japery with his camera-shy colleagues, something stranger and more remarkable starts to take shape. As the 'Vikingland' heads north into icy seas, Luis's happy-go-lucky exterior gradually reveals a more complex, unusual individual - especially when he's alone in his cabin with only his camera for company...

An archivist for his local TV station, Luis's fellow Galician Xurxo Chirro stumbled across tapes containing 16 hours of material, which he then edited into 'chapters' inspired by Herman Melville's Moby-Dick (and perhaps also the seafaring tales of Joseph Conrad). The result is an elemental journey into the nature of bygone images, and also a chartless navigation into the meaning of creative authorship.

Director: Xurxo Chirro
Country: Spain
Year: 2011
Length: 99 mins
Language: Galician with subtitles
Format: Digitbeta
Cast: Documentary
Certificate: 12A
Film source: Xurxo Chirro

Screening with:
Modern No. 2 (adv U)
Old-school animation and syncopated jazzy rhythms combine in the most joyous eight minutes of cinema you'll see all year.

Booking information

Tickets £4.00/£3.00 concessions.
Booking advised as places are limited.
For advance tickets visit the Bradford International Film Festival website or tickets can be bought on the day of the screening from the Welcome Desk at Impressions Gallery.

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