Patience (After Sebald)
Released: 27/01/2012 Released in key citiesDirector Grant Gee (of Radiohead doc Meeting People Is Easy) explores the life of German writer and academic W.G. Sebald, believed a sure thing for the Nobel Prize in Literature before he died in 2001. A visual poem, this brings together key Sebald themes – memory, biography and the East Anglian landscape. For more information visit: http://www.sodapictures.com/cinema/183/ Buy: http://www.ica.org.uk/?lid=31253#booktickets
Time Out“Those unfamiliar with Sebald's book will find few points out entry...” Grant Gee’s film essay about WG Sebald’s book ‘The Rings of Saturn’ – a mesmerising, melancholy account of a series of walks around Suffolk – fails to find a visual metaphor for its philosophical peregrinations...
Total Film “Turning rural Suffolk into something otherworldly...” Grant Gee’s doc is a suitably arty attempt to convey some of the book’s rich patchwork of allusions and digressions...
Little White Lies“Fascinating and beautifully assembled...” If you haven’t read the book, you’ll want to. If you have read the book, you’ll want to read it again...
Empire“The value of the piece lies in the narration...” It's nice to see cinema paying homage to unheralded greats of literature like Sebald. While this one often struggles to do justice to his sense of grandeur and poetry, it'll be manna for fans of the German's work...
Guardian“A likably loquacious, digressive documentary...” In keeping with the spirit of Sebald's writing, Gee's film is teasing, elegant and perhaps inevitably unresolved: an invitation as opposed to a destination...
The Independent“A thoughtful film meditation that apes the eclectism of his writings...” Plainly it's required viewing for his readers, though the reverential lit-crit tone and non-cinematic scale might not seduce the uninitiated. BBC4 is the film's natural habitat...
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