You Are Here

Daniel CockburnCanada78 minutes201014AColourEnglish

Sun
Jan 14
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Intro and Q&A with director Daniel Cockburn

One of the most singular Canadian debuts of the past decade, Daniel Cockburn's You Are Here is a brilliant fusion of elements from installation art, interactive projects, narrative and avant-garde films. The title references both a universal experience — the maps that help us navigate the massive, incomprehensible mazes that characterize modern life, from shopping malls to airports (if it's still possible or relevant to distinguish between them) — to the sense of being lost and desperately needing direction in an increasingly fragmented postmodern world. The film, which premiered at TIFF and later won the Toronto Film Critics' Association's Jay Scott Prize for emerging artists, shifts between several different threads: an archivist (the amazing Tracy Wright) exploring her own library; a scientist working on a new project; a person who's lost his computer password on his birthday; and a very mysterious call centre. "Calling to mind the cerebral surrealism of Charlie Kauffman, the cool absurdism of Samuel Beckett, and the playfulness of Dr. Seuss, Cockburn has created his own unique and compelling style … You Are Here offers a captivating commentary on our modern-day existence, indicting technology and its unyielding influence" (Agata Smoluch del Sorbo, TIFF 2010).

STEVE GRAVESTOCK

Parmi les premiers longs métrages les plus distinctifs de la dernière décennie, You Are Here de Daniel Cockburn est une brillante fusion d'éléments d'installation artistique, de projets interactifs, de cinéma narratif et d'avant-garde. Le titre renvoie à la fois à une expérience universelle — les cartes qui nous aident à naviguer à travers les énormes et incompréhensibles labyrinthes de la vie moderne, des centres commerciaux aux aéroports — et au sentiment d'être perdu et d'avoir désespérément besoin de directives dans un monde postmoderne de plus en plus fragmenté. Présenté en première au TIFF et plus tard gagnant du prix Jay Scott de l'Association des critiques de cinéma de Toronto, qui récompense les artistes émergents, le film alterne entre différentes trames : une archiviste (l'incroyable Tracy Wright) explore sa propre bibliothèque; un scientifique travaille sur un nouveau projet; une personne perd le mot de passe de son ordinateur le jour de son anniversaire; et un mystérieux centre d'appels. " Combinant le surréalisme cérébral de Charlie Kaufman, l'absurdité décontractée de Samuel Beckett et l'espièglerie du Dr Seuss, Cockburn a créé son propre style unique et fascinant… You Are Here offre un commentaire captivant sur notre existence moderne, remettant en question la technologie et son influence inéluctable. " (Agata Smoluch del Sorbo, TIFF 2010)

director
Daniel Cockburn

Daniel Cockburn was born in Belleville, Ontario and studied film at York University. His feature film script The Engineers received the TIFF Telefilm Canada Pitch This! prize and his award-winning feature You Are Here (10) played Locarno, Toronto, Rotterdam, and over 40 other festivals. The Argument (with annotations) (17) is his latest film.

Additional Credits

Director
Daniel Cockburn
Executive Producer
Brenda Goldstein, Matthew Stone
Producer
Daniel Cockburn, Daniel Bekerman, Pacific Northwest Pictures
Screenplay
Daniel Cockburn
Cast
Tracy Wright, Anand Rajaram, Nadia Litz, R.D. Reid