A major figure in Dutch experimental filmmaking, Barbara Meter has been making films since the early 1970s, using the camera and then the optical printer as a way to haptically explore the texture of memory. In her recent film Up to the Sky and Much Much More, Meter uses letters sent to her by her father during World War II to provide the film's narration, while interviews with her mother expand on his opposition to fascism — as well as to constraints of any kind, including the bonds of family — and his eventual conscription to the Eastern front. Remarkably, her father's epistolary accounts of his daily life as a soldier also include fantastical watercolour illustrations of his travels, which Meter incorporates to movingly amplify the emotional resonance of a father-daughter bond made fraught by distance and war.
Also included in this programme are Convalescing, an observational Super 8 film that Meter shot from her sickbed while recovering from an illness; A Touch, a portrait of a farewell visit to a lover; and Ariadne, a mysterious film inspired by Franz Schubert's "Gretchen am Spinnrade" about losing oneself in the state of being in love, as told through a visual exploration of weaving.
Convalescing (dir. Barbara Meter \ Netherlands 2000 \ 3 min. \ 16mm)
A Touch (Aanraking) (dir. Barbara Meter \ Netherlands 2008 \ 13 min. \ 16mm)
Up to the Sky and Much Much More (Bis an den Himmel und noch viel mehr) (dir. Barbara Meter \ Netherlands 2015 \ 35 min. \ Digital)
Ariadne (dir. Barbara Meter \ Netherlands 2004 \ 12 min. \ 35mm)