The Tender Interval takes place in a generic film set, sparsely dressed with archetypal film props – a ticking clock, metal desk lamp, pot plant, pile of books – all chosen as stock cinematic signifiers. Taking the tangram, an ancient Chinese puzzle, as point of departure, the film fluctuates between descriptive text intertitles and images of a girl, and asks the viewer to fill the gaps between screen images with those from their own memory. Shot on an old Bolex camera, both the physical and imaginary sites of the film (the set, the memory-images created) are highly mediated: firstly, by the film's nostalgic visual approach and, secondly, by allowing for a subjective, spectator-led narrative to unfold.

The Tender Interval (2010)

16mm film with optical sound

5 minutes 40 seconds


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