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May 7, 2018

Two Films by Phillip Warnell

The Harvard Film Archive is pleased to welcome British filmmaker and 2017-18 Radcliffe-Film Study Center Fellow Phillip Warnell to present and discuss two films made in dialogue and collaboration with French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy. Warnell’s long fascination with the enigmas of the animal world and its relation to the human is made clear across these probing and formally astute films. – Haden Guest

Co-presented by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies and the Film Study Center, Harvard.

Special thanks: Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Cozette Russell—Film Study Center.

$12 Special Event Tickets
Phillip Warnell in Person

Monday May 7 at 7pm

Outlandish: Strange Foreign Bodies

Directed by Phillip Warnell
UK 2009, 35mm on digital, color, 20 min. French with English subtitles

Philosopher and heart transplant recipient Jean-Luc Nancy meditates on the history and integrity of bodies in a number of visual and literary passages exploring his onscreen presence, a surgical organ in search of a body and an unaccounted for, displaced invertebrate at sea. Outlandish is a journey between shores and environments, the touching of and proximity between bodies, the vanishing and appearance of crew, dimensions of form and, above all, our relations with strange foreign bodies.


The Flying Proletarian

Directed by Phillip Warnell
UK 2017, color, 16mm on digital - augmented cinema (scented), 36 min. French with English subtitles

The third film collaboration between filmmaker Phillip Warnell and philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy explores ideas on the land, the stranger and the open, with a surge of space-race animality. A sensory account of lavender distillation, the film suggests an historical character, timeless philosophy and flora and fauna-infused life-world of La Drôme.


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