Magazine article Screen International

Given

Magazine article Screen International

Given

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Dir: Wojciech Pus. Poland. 2011. 85mins

The latest work from Polish visual artist Wojciech Pu? is an extremely obtuse affair that is based on the infamous abduction of four-year-old British girl Madeleine McCann from a Portuguese resort in 2007.

Given is not intended to work on a narrative level.

Whilst the contentious subject matter of Given may spark an initial interest from one or two interested distributors, the fact that the film is as much an art-piece/installation as much as a feature should quickly chase them away.

Given will most likely find a limited life at festivals where notions of art and film intersect (such as the New Horizons festival, where the film received its world premiere) and perhaps the odd mention in a tabloid newspaper desperate to court controversy.

The film is made up of series of loosely interconnected scenes that include an unknown protagonist singing opera in a forest, abstract images of lights combined with ominous phrases narrated by a voice that alternates between male and female, and a meandering journey through the dark side-streets of an unknown town. …

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