A Letter to Eternity
A philosophical and poetic quest for identity and belonging, on the crossroad of documentary, fiction and re-enactment, addressing our common heritage, as well as our heroic and brutal deeds, envisioning the ‘condition humaine’. A modern mythology on the notions of exile rises along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea, the historical and contemporary centrepiece of a tale, where people in exile arrive upon new lands and native inhabitants of cities, desert and grasslands shall embody and give voice to mythological characters anew; be they heroic or tragic. In the nation states of the Mediterranean basin and the hinterlands, an entangling ‘Odyssean’ gaze creates yet another tale of Land peoples and Sea peoples, journeying since centuries in a quest for eternity. Going through fierce transformations and turmoil, living in present times, evoked and told by locals living today on the Phoenicians historic route. Inspired by Greek tragedy, archaeology and the Phoenicians’ ancient maritime routes, connecting the Levant with the southern coast of Anatolia (former Troy) to neighbouring South Europe and North-Africa.
The idea and research took shape during my artist-in-residence at Ashkal Alwan, from March 1st – June 1st 2016, in affiliation with the Mondriaan Fund in The Netherlands. The project is currently in its research phase for further development intended to start this forthcoming year.
Stills filmrushes, a first study for ‘A Letter to Eternity’ (2016, Lebanon). Directed by Ilse Frech. Cinematography and Camera: Talal Khoury and Ilse Frech. Music: Tony Elieh and Sharif Sehnaoui.
Teaser ‘A Letter to Eternity’ (2017) by Ilse Frech.