The Host




Miranda Pennell

GB 2015

60 min – HD – Englisch
Deutsche Premiere

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A filmmaker turns forensic detective as she pieces together hundreds of photographs in search of what she believes to be a buried history, only to find herself inside the story she is researching. “The Host“ investigates the activities of British Petroleum (BP) in Iran; a tale of power, imperial hubris and catastrophe. While the tectonic plates of geopolitical conspiracy shift in the background, the film asks us to look, and look again, at images produced by the oil company and personal photos taken by its British staff in Iran including the filmmaker’s parents not for what they show, but for what they betray. “The Host“ is about the stories we tell about ourselves and others, the facts and fictions we live by – and their consequences.

“This sober, respectful and devastating work is one of the year’s highlights, a quiet and insistent probe into the act of making and marking territory, of the way identity is constructed in serial acts of necessary blindness, and the way the Other continues to slip in and out of view.“ – Pleasure Dome, Toronto


TRAILER from Miranda Pennell on Vimeo.

Trailer - Transatlantique from La Distributrice on Vimeo.

monday 10 oct 6.30 uhr werkstattkino (with Fisticuffs)

Miranda Pennell originally trained in contemporary dance before making films, and later studied visual anthropology. Her film and video work exploring different forms of collective performance whether dancers, soldiers or fight directors, has been widely broadcast internationally and shown in festival and gallery contexts. Her recent moving-image work uses archival materials as the starting point for a reflection on the colonial imaginary. She is based in London.

Films Fisticuffs 2004 (11. UX) – You Made Me Love You 2005 – Drum Room 2007 – Why Colonel Bunny was Killed 2007 – The Host 2015