Niles Atallah / CL, FR, NL, DE, 2017 / 91 min.
Rey was the winner of this year’s IFFR Special Jury Award for Artistic Achievement in the Tiger Competition. It’s 1860 and French lawyer and adventurer Orélie-Antoine de Tounens has dreams of becoming King of Patagonia. He travels to a remote area in the south of Chile where he establishes his kingdom with the aid of the local Mapuche tribe, but then starts descending into madness.
This cinematic artwork by Niles Atallah is not only a visionary and psychedelic film but also a journey through Chilean history, recollections and colonialism. Rey is a stylized mix of decayed footage, stop-motion, masks, puppets and archival material from Eye”s collection. Atallah already shot parts of his film in 2011, then buried the 35mm, 16mm and super8 films in his back garden to artificially age them.
CL, FR, NL, DE
The films featured in Eye’s Previously Unreleased programme were screened at major national and international festivals, but were never released to Dutch cinemas. This year, too, Eye brings a choice of films previously selected for international festivals to Dutch film audiences to redress the balance.