Monday, February 11, 2013

Visual Diary: Documenting the Poetics of Realism

By Olivia Maria Hărşan

Artavazd Peleshyan's The Seasons of the Year (1975)

Peleshyan is an Armenian filmmaker who is known for his brilliant depiction of nature, rural life and historical events in The Seasons of the Year. I first came across this film a few years ago at the Melbourne Film Festival and have since referenced his style in many of my writings. Peleshyan is one of those rare filmmakers that can achieve a poetic image through documentary filmmaking, a combination that should be a paradox but nonetheless works well at the hands of a genius.