Gray House

USA 2017. Dirs: Austin Lynch, Matthew Booth. 75 min. DCP

Presented with the Contemporary Art Gallery

“A majestic and powerful work ... Lynch and Booth lead the audience to strange and terrific places."
DAVID TASMAN, FRIEZE MAGAZINE

“Beguilingly beautiful.”
JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER, DIRECTOR OF THE ACT OF KILLING AND THE LOOK OF SILENCE

Poised somewhere between documentary, fiction, and gallery installation, the debut feature of Austin Lynch (David’s son) and former Vancouver-based visual artist Matthew Booth is a haunting, five-part meditation on solitude and the American psyche. Shot over fours years in five disparate U.S. states — Texas, North Dakota, Virginia, Oregon, California — Gray House unfolds over a series of exquisitely photographed, mysteriously linked chapters that juxtapose direct-address interviews with muted, meditative micro-narratives starring Denis Lavant (Beau travail), Aurore Clément (Paris, Texas), and artist Dianna Molzan. The talking-head profiles — on isolated oil-field labourers; on incarcerated women — are by turns heartrending and revelatory. Booth’s glacial zooms and magic-hour cinematography bring an uncanny elegance to the film’s solemn subject matter, as does the sophisticated 7.1 sound design by Terrence Malick collaborator Joel Dougherty. Selected for Art of the Real (New York), Cinéma du Réel (Paris), and CPH:DOX (Copenhagen), where it received a jury Special Mention “for its astonishing use of cinematic language.”


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Nigel Prince
, Executive Director of the Contemporary Art Gallery, will introduce the screening on December 7.

Filmmakers Austin Lynch and Matthew Booth will be in attendance for both screenings.

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Membership in The Cinematheque or the Contemporary Art Gallery will be accepted for this event.