In the proposed epoch of Eremocene, or The Age of Loneliness, natural life has taken a backseat to the virtual sphere. Here, Earth is barren, silent and uninhabited, and like the films’ two characters we are taken on a disembodied journey to find the self. With her film selected for this year’s Berlinale, director Viera Cákanyová (Frem, CASFFA 2021) blends essayistic principles of contemplative cinema with progressive visuals and 3D scanner images that raise poignant and timely questions about the world we wish to live in. On the precipice of real-world environmental destruction, the rise of technocracy and cryptocurrency, artificial intelligence and political unrest, Notes from Eremocene is a striking and commendable addition to the arena of speculative fiction.
Notes from Eremocene will screen with Alica Bednáriková’s Liquid Bread.