Director: Chris Marker
Level Five explores the interactions between history, memory and the visual image. It traces a woman’s obsessive odyssey as she reconstructs a video game left unfinished by her deceased lover.
He was a computer artist, she is a writer, and their relationship, once lived away from the television screen, is now housed wholly within it. The subject of the game: the Battle of Okinawa in the twilight of World War II.
To finish the game, a player must scrupulously re-create every last detail of the war through cyber-imagery: the newsreels, the bombings, the mass suicides.
Catherine Belkhodja, Oshima Nagisa, Kenji Tokitsu
Production: Les Films de l’Astrophore, Argos Films / 35mm / colour / 106 mins.
Chris Marker’s prolific career has been distinguished by an artful melding of genres, primarily historical documentary, multimedia and science fiction. He was born in 1921 and fought in the anti-German resistance during World War II.
He began working on documentary films in 1950, and was quickly acclaimed with films such as Statues also Die (1953), co-directed with Alain Resnais, A Sunday in Peking (1956) and Letters from Siberia.
His SF short La Jetée (1962-64), entirely composed from still photographs, is admired as a cult masterpiece. He has also produced many video works, including Level Five.
Also known as a computer media artist and a fanatic of video games, his multi-media installation, Silent Movie, celebrated the centenary of cinema.