Experimental feature Concrete Keys by Natasha Bourke will return for a special once-off BIG SCREENING, for Phantoscope, a quarterly experimental film event by Maximilian LeCain, on Saturday 20th January at 17:15 at the Triskel Cinema Cork

  • Doors open at 17:00,
  • Runtime: 120 mins approx, followed by short Q&A.

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Concrete Keys creates a poetic parallel universe to evoke the tragic and poignantly comic structures of self-preservation in an ever-changing world. It is peopled by a cast of institutionalised beings/’selves’, without a recognisable institution, locked into absurd ritualistic routines, whilst presided over by authoritarian if incompetent matron manager, ‘Business Clown’. The ‘selves’ represent constructs of her mind or symbols for the repeated mass of feminine potential locked away for years under an archaic system. The long semi-transparent guises of these anonymised figures brings the film close to puppetry or animation in tone, linking them as part of a system that is at once comically strange and disturbingly familiar. An overlap accentuated by the documentary reality unfolding amidst the film’s dreamlike action and atmosphere. The film was primarily shot at the former Cork Tax Office, over the last month before its doors were finally closed until demolition, 9 months later. For nearly a decade, post its role as governmental offices, the 7-floor brutalist building became a temporary home to a breadth of creatives. Nearly 6 years since demolition, it still remains a vacant site.

Supported by Arts Council Ireland.

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