2014 | 00:23:30 | Malta | English | Color | Stereo | 16:9 | 16mm film
Collection: Single Titles
"We Utopians are happy / This will last forever"
Loosely framed by Plato's invocation of the lost continent of Atlantis in 360 BC and its re-re-resurrection via a 1970s science fiction pulp novel, Atlantis is a documentary portrait of Utopia -- an island that has never / forever existed beneath our too-mortal feet. Herein is folk song and pagan rite, religious march and reflected temple, the sea that surrounds us all. Even though we are slowly sinking, we are happy and content.
"Atlantis interrogates this space of fabulation without ever leaving the real island behind, finding itself caught between a portrait of place and the conjuring of a drowned paradise."
— Erika Balsom, Artforum
This title is the second work in a trilogy by Ben Russell which also includes Let Us Persevere In What We Have Resolved Before We Forget (2013) and Greetings to the Ancestors (2015).
Prizes + Awards
Prix Nouvelles Vagues, Festival international du film de la Roche-sur-Yon, France, 2014
PremiereVisions du Réel
Exhibitions + Festivals
Media City Film Festival, Windsor, Ontario, Canada, 2014
DMZ docs, South Korea, 2014
Belo Horizonte Film festival, Brazil, 2014
Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada, 2015