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EPSILON

SYNOPSIS:
Grandma is telling the story: once upon a time… He, an ordinary Aussie surveyor bloke, is camping alone in the outback. She lands on Earth (by mistake) nearby and after a confused meeting, She begins to show him how crazy his world is - there is so much beauty but it has been so badly spoilt by the locals. Not like home, on Epsilon….

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
I first saw it at Cannes in 1995, at a 10pm ‘by invitation only’ screening, when it had just been finished, and sold unseen to Miramax. Harvey Weinstein, the Miramax heavy, was at the same screening, but left half way through. He later offered Rolf de Heer "a very generous amount of money" to re-think the film. Rolf did.(After making The Quiet Room.) I saw it again in January 1997: he has added a new top and tail story around the film’s basic premise, and shot some new footage to go with it. This has helped give the film a stronger narrative structure.

Even so, Epsilon is a film impossible to categorise in terms of genre or formula; it abandons traditional film making, using motion control and time lapse photography to put its editorial viewpoint about our waste of the earth’s glories.

In some ways, the eagerness to get the message home pushes the film closer to preaching than drama, but the often breathtaking visual and musical fusion comes to the rescue. Using time lapse photography, de Heer gives us a new perspective on our world, through the eyes of an alien. It’s a valid device, and considering his ambitions, highly successful. The film is still essentially a two-hander, and is peppered with surprises.

Although it’s unlikely to find a mass audience, it is a novel and highly enjoyable experience."

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ROLF DE HEER

EPSILON
Australia

CAST: Syd Brisbane, Ulli Birve

DIRECTOR: Rolf de Heer

PRODUCER: Domenico Procacci, Rolf de Heer

SCRIPT: Rolf de Heer

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Tony Clark

DIGITAL ARTS SOFTWARE DESIGN: Jeremy Webber

DIGITAL ARTS ELECTRONICS: Patrick Walsh

EDITOR: Tania Nehme

MUSIC: Graham Tardif

INTERNATIONAL SALES: Intrafilms, Rome

RUNNING TIME: 97 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: February 27 1997







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