Tuesday, November 5, 2019
IN THE ABSENCE (2019) DOC NYC 2019
Playing at DOC NYC as one of the Oscar Short Listed Shorts it’s one of the few films that rightly should be in the running for Oscar gold. To be certain the other films are good, but there is something about the visceral impact of watching something happen in “real time” that ups the ante. Watching the film I found myself wanting to scream “just tell them to get off the ship- just tell the kids to get off now” but my doing so wouldn’t have helped anyone – besides I knew no one did. Everyone waiting for someone, any one to make a decision. (and lord knows it wasn’t coming from President Park who spent the day in bed oblivious to the seriousness of what was transpiring.
This is a masterpiece of understated power. This is simply video of what happened during and after mixed in with a few interviews which fill in the things that the videos can’t show.
Highly recommended, this is easily one of the best films at DOC NYC and of 2019. If things blow the right way this film should also be heralded as a classic of it’s type. Go see it.
In The Absence plays Tuesday November 12th at DOC NYC. For tickets and more information go here.