Media Arts Program

Thursday, November 21 at 7:30 p.m.

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Redoubt - directed by Matthew Barney

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(2019, 134 minutes)

"The most beautiful film Barney has made"
— Sebastien Smee, Washington Post

"Conjures a magisterial world similarly balanced between the natural and the supernatural."
— Jeffrey Kastner, 4Columns

"A visual equivalent of a tone poem. Has a graceful fluidity, enhanced by an aurally mesmerizing score by Jonathan Bepler, Barney's long-time collaborator…recalls the laconic, enigmatic dreaminess of Terrence Malick."
— Clayton Press, Forbes

"Barney paints a cinematic picture of the American West, trading his familiar baroque visuals for the straightforward sublimity of the landscape and the ineffable strangeness of its inhabitants."
— Catherine Taft, Artforum

Redoubt loosely adapts the classical myth of Diana, goddess of the hunt and of nature, and Actaeon, a hunter who trespasses on her privacy and is punished. Both protector of the natural world and a predator within it, ​Redoubt's​ Diana (Anette Wachter) is a present-day sharpshooter hunting game in the Idaho wilderness.

Accompanied by her attendants, the Calling Virgin (Eleanor Bauer) and the Tracking Virgin (Laura Stokes), Diana traverses the mountain terrain in pursuit of the elusive wolf. An Engraver (Matthew Barney) happens upon the hunting outfit in the forest and begins stalking the trio, furtively documenting their actions in a series of copper engravings. The Engraver and Diana engage in a series of confrontations, as he transgresses with the act of drawing and she responds by turning her gun on his engraved images. As Diana and the Engraver silently hunt each other and their wild prey, the two Virgins perform a series of ritualized choreographies that both echo and foreshadow the act of killing.

In the interludes between his wilderness hunts, the Engraver brings his copper engravings to a remote trailer housing a rudimentary laboratory, where the Electroplater (K.J. Holmes) subjects them to an electrochemical transformation. In a process that hovers between science and alchemy, the Electroplater causes accretions of copper grow in a seemingly organic pattern on the etched lines of the plates. The Engraver and Electroplater remotely monitor Diana on a trail camera as she makes nightly excursions into the forest. Alone in her trailer, the Electroplater assembles and manipulates a sculptural model of the galaxy, centered on the constellation Lupus. In a nearby town, a Hoop Dancer (Sandra Lamouche) rehearses a movement sequence in which her colorful hoops gradually form a cosmic model that parallels that of the Electroplater—implying an unseen energy that unites the characters across time and space. At the film's conclusion, the Electroplater's trailer becomes a locus of energy from which the many layers of narrative are mapped from a human scale to a cosmic one. Redoubt is written and directed by internationally-acclaimed artist and director Matthew Barney, creator of the ​CREMASTER​ Cycle, ​Drawing Restraint 9​, and the film opera ​River of Fundament​. Redoubt creates a complex portrait of the American landscape by layering classical myths, cosmological myths, and American myths about humanity's place in the natural world.

Matthew Barney was born in San Francisco in 1967 and lives and works in New York. His five-part ​CREMASTER Cycle​ (1994-2003) has been called "one of the most imaginative and brilliant achievements in the history of avant-garde cinema." The CREMASTER films, along with related sculpture and drawing, were the focus of a 2003 exhibition organized by the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and have since been screened widely in museums and cinemas around the world. His evening-length film-opera ​River of Fundament​ premiered in 2014 at Brooklyn Academy of Music's Harvey Theater, after which it toured opera houses, performing arts festivals, and museums on five continents. Barney's most recent project, Redoubt,​ premiered as part of an exhibition organized by the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven; traveling to UCCA, Beijing, in September 2019; and the Hayward Gallery, London in 2020. Redoubt will debut theatrically at Film Forum in New York this October. Other films include ​Drawing Restraint 9​ and De Lama Lâmina​. His films have been screened at festivals including Sundance, New York Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, and the Berlinale. Barney has received numerous awards including the Aperto prize at the 1993 Venice Biennale; the Hugo Boss Award in 1996; the 2007 Kaiser Ring Award in Goslar, Germany and the San Francisco International Film Festival's Persistence of Vision Award in 2011.