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10th(2008)



When Night Is Falling

Patrica ROZEMA

  • Canada
  • 1995
  • 96min
  • 35mm
  • color
  • 드라마


Patricia Rozema, in her debut full-length film, I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987), presents a contemporary fable about a women searching for herself. Rozema’s 1995 work, When Night Is Falling is likewise a film that miraculously interweaves fantasy and daily life. It was shown at the Berlin International Film Festival and received standing ovations from the audience. Camille is a white mythology professor at a conservative Catholic university and Petra is a beautiful black woman working in an avant-garde circus. The film is a story about their romance - a relationship between two women who live in different worlds and come from different class and racial backgrounds. When Night Is Falling is visually captivating, casting the adventures and fantasies of love and sex in beautiful bluish brown scenes. Rozema wanders in and out of everyday life, dreams and fantasies, letting her protagonists’ different worlds collide, and shows the conflicts and concurrences of heterosexual and homosexual fantasies inherent in the outer regions of our consciousness. Elements of magical realism shown in her previous work are made more clear in this film. The hang-gliding scenes against the early moon and various acts by female circus performers, such as the magic lantern act, make subtle transitions from daily life to fantasy, giving women viewers a strange sense of freedom. Even though it was shot in the
 suburbs of contemporary Toronto, the film feels delightfully surrealistic, adding to its charm. The plainly evident lesbianism in When Night Is Falling has caused much controversy. Its homoerotic scenes caused much debate in terms in its USA premiere. (KWON Eun-sun)
 

Director

  • Patrica ROZEMAPatrica ROZEMA

    Born in 1958, Patricia Rozema received a BA in philosophy and English literature. After undergoing a five weeks film course, she completed her first short film, Passion: a Letter in 16mm which won the 2nd prize at the Chicago Film Festival. Her debut feature I’ ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (1987) was selected for the Director’s Fortnight at Cannes, and won the Prix de la Jeunesse. Other films include When Night Is Falling (1995), White Room (1990), Bach Cello #6: Six Gestures (1997), Mansfield Park (1999) and Suspect (2006).

Credit

  • ProducerBarbara TRANTER
  • Cast Pascale BUSSIERES, Rachael CRAWFORD, Don McKELLAR
  • Screenwriter Patrica ROZEMA
  • Cinematography Douglas KOCH
  • Art director John DONDERTMAN
  • Editor Susan SHIPTON
  • Music Lesley BARBER
  • Sound John HAZEN, Alan GELDART