Larissa Sansour – In vitro followed by Q&A
Commissioned by the Danish Arts Foundation for the 58th Venice Biennale, In Vitro, co-directed with Søren Lind, is a 2-channel Arabic-language sci-fi film filmed in black and white. It is set in the aftermath of an eco-disaster. An abandoned nuclear reactor under the biblical town of Bethlehem has been converted into an enormous orchard. Using heirloom seeds collected in the final days before the apocalypse, a group of scientists are preparing to replant the soil above.
In the hospital wing of the underground compound, the orchard’s ailing founder, played by Hiam Abbass, is on her deathbed, as the younger Alia, played by Maisa Abd Elhadi, comes to visit her. Alia is born underground as part of a comprehensive cloning program and has never seen the town she’s destined to rebuild.
The talk between the two scientists soon evolves into an intimate dialogue about memory, exile and nostalgia. Central to their discussion is the intricate relationship between past, present and future, with the Bethlehem setting providing a narratively, politically and symbolically charged backdrop.
Born in East Jerusalem, Sansour (PS/DK) studied Fine Art in Copenhagen, London and New York.
She represents Denmark at the 58th Venice Biennale.
Recent solo exhibitions include Dar El-Nimer in Beirut, Bluecoat in Liverpool, Chapter in Cardiff, New Art Exchange in Nottingham and Nikolaj Kunsthal in Copenhagen.
Sansour is represented by Lawrie Shabibi in Dubai and Montoro 12 Contemporary Art in Rome and Brussels.
She lives and works in London.
DIRECTED BY : Larissa Sansour, Soren Lind
GENRE : Science-Fiction
COUNTRY : Palestine
DURATION : 28 min
Cinema Galeries, Galeries de la Reine 26
Partenaires: Montoro12 Contemporary Art