The Image You Missed

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A film between
Donal Foreman | Arthur MacCaig

Ireland/USA/France | 73mins  | 2K digital  | 4:3
Written, directed & produced by Donal Foreman
Executive produced by Nicole Brenez & Philippe Grandrieux
Funded by the Arts Council of Ireland / An Chomhairle Ealaíon


This film is a part of the series


 

An Irish filmmaker grapples with the legacy of his estranged father, the late American documentarian Arthur MacCaig, through MacCaig's decades-spanning archive of the conflict in Northern Ireland.

Drawing on over 30 years of unique and never-seen-before imagery, The Image You Missed is a documentary essay film that weaves together a history of the Northern Irish Troubles with the story of a son's search for his father. In the process, the film creates a candid encounter between two filmmakers born into different political moments, revealing their contrasting experiences of Irish nationalism, the role of images in social struggle, and the competing claims of personal and political responsibility.

This film is a part of the series "It May Be That Beauty Has Strengthened Our Resolve", produced by Nicole Brenez & Philippe Grandrieux.


 

Still Images

 

 


 

Awards

Grand Jury Prize of Avant-Garde & Genre Competition (BAFICI)

Prize for Best Original Music + Special Mention in French Competition (Cinéma du Réel)

First Look Award (Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival)

Grand Jury Prize of Portraits section (DocsMX)

 

Screenings

UPCOMING:

Viennale (Vienna International Film Festival) - October 29th & November 2nd

Cambridge Film Festival - November 1st

Leeds International Film Festival - November 7th

Les Ecrans Documentaires, Arcueil, France - November 11th

Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) - November 13th & 15th

L'Alternativa (Barcelona Independent Film Festival) - November 15th & 18th

More screenings to be announced soon !

 

PREVIOUS:

International Film Festival Rotterdam- Jan 27th, 28th, 29th & 31st (World Premiere)

Dublin International Film Festival - March 4th (Irish Premiere)

CPH:DOX, Copenhagen - March 17th, 19th & 22nd (Danish premiere)

Cinéma du Réel, Paris (French Competition) - March 27th, 28th & 30th (French Premiere)

BAFICI, Buenos Aires (Avant-Garde & Genre Competition) - April (American Premiere)

Art of the Real at Lincoln Centre, New York City - May 4th (North American Premiere)

IndieLisboa (International Competition) - April 29th & May 1st (Portuguese Premiere)

Edinburgh International Film Festival - June 28th & 30th (UK Premiere)

Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland - July 13th

Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival, Ireland - July 22nd

Guanajuato International Film Festival - July 20th & 27th (Mexican premiere)

Camára Lucída, Ecuador - July 28th & 30th (Ecuadoran Premiere)

Dokufest, Kosova - August 3rd-11th

Melbourne International Film Festival, August 5th & 15th (Australian premiere)

Pull Focus Documentary Festival, Belfast - August 9th

Irish Film Institute, Dublin - August 10th to 23rd

Triskel Arts Centre, Cork - August 12th to 15th

Black Canvas Festival of Contemporary Cinema, Mexico City - August 21st to 26th

Open City Documentary Festival, London - September 8th

Hamburg FilmFest - October 4th & 6th (German premiere)

Vancouver International Film Festival - October 8th & 10th (Canadian premiere)

Astra Film Festival - October 17th, 18th, 19th (Romanian premiere)

Athens Avant-Garde Film Festival - October 18th (Greek premiere)

DocsMX - October 19th & 20th

"The Essay Film - Visible Thinking", Berlin - October 20th

São Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil - October 18th, 19th, 23rd, 25th, 29th

Source Arts Centre, Thurles, Ireland - October 24th


 

Press

IRISH PRESS:

“Superb ... A wonderful film from an intrguging, restless talent ... Following up Out of Here, a narrative hit here in 2013, Foreman’s new film elegantly intertwines Irish history and a study of parenthood to form an intelligent cinematic essay. ”

Donald Clarke, The Irish Times


“Foreman has … plumbed his own unique circumstance to explore deep, delicate questions of national socio-political soul-searching. … In seeking to locate an individual through his art, Foreman has demonstrated above all his own profound prowess as a maker and interrogator of images.”

Ronan Doyle, Scannain.com


“Poetic and poignant … Engaging and evocative … A film full of vulnerability and bravery ... The profound reflections of a seasoned filmmaker.”

Síomha McQuinn, Film Ireland

"Foreman (director of the superb post-boom drama Out of Here) weaves together the personal and the political in an enthralling exhumation of a painful past."

—John Maguire, The Sunday Business Post


"Avoiding the mawkish and sentimental, The Image You Missed is a highly-skilled work of art, with a reflective, uncompromising approach to biography."

Patrick Kehoe, RTÉ.ie


"Foreman ... uses his own film to turn the camera’s scrutiny back on his absent father, producing an engaging, clever consideration and critique of MacCaig’s legacy, of political docs more generally, and of the subtle differences between looking at and looking for."

Conor Smyth, The Thin Air


"Part documentary, part essay, part therapy, The Image You Missed is a fascinating account of a life less ordinary."

—Michael Doherty, RTÉ Guide

 

INTERNATIONAL PRESS:

“Premiering in a sidebar at Rotterdam, this elliptical compendium of archival and newly shot footage quickly became a ‘buzz’ picture among the event's more ardently cinephile attendees … [An] engaging and quietly rewarding affair … An impressionistic primer on tumultuous Ulster affairs during and after the Troubles.”

Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter


“A moving and thoughtful first-person essay film … No longer beholden to his elder’s legacy, Foreman seems poised to carve out one of his own.”

Jordan Cronk, Film Comment

 
“A meticulous and challenging comparison of two different ways of being a man, a citizen, and a filmmaker … A vibrant call for new fictions to be collectively written.”

Chloé-Galibert-Laîné, DesistFilm.com


“A deeply personal and powerfully moving documentary essay.”

Leonardo Goi, Senses of Cinema


"Foreman’s excavation of a familial rift unearths stories without neat conclusions. Yet some common ground is nevertheless found. Despite working in different climates, the perspectives of father and son, at least, meet on the subject of documentary film-making. They believe in the power of images and, as Mr Foreman said in an interview, the importance of 'conjuring ghosts, not getting rid of them'."

Sarah Jilani, The Economist


“A beautifully choreographed conversation between two men caught in a perpetual state of diaspora … Each film is a mission impossible, but Foreman’s plays out at depths few others normally venture in.”

Leonardo Goi, The Film Stage

 
“Irish director Donal Foreman’s exquisite, elliptical autobiographical essay film stages a profoundly moving encounter with his late estranged father … How to reconcile the personal and the political, how we connect (or fail to) with images and with each other through images lie at the heart of this absolute must-see, one of the most charged and beautifully weighted essay films of recent times.”

Kieran Corliss (Deputy Editor of Sight & Sound),

"Eschewing easy conclusions in favor of infinite critique, the politics of the film are found, even more so than in Foreman’s conflicted admiration for McCaig and the nationalist movement, in its very approach to image-making and historical memory—a devastating performance of the inseparability of the personal, the political, and the aesthetic."

Patrick Harrison, MUBI Notebook


"The film poses cinema itself as the instrument that, at once, links the dispersed members of a political movement, and serves as the thin thread that connects father to son, across time, and beyond death.”

Leo Goldsmith, The Brooklyn Rail


"The question of what we’re really looking for when we partake in the act of watching [was] brilliantly explored in The Image You Missed ..."

Kiva Reardon, Filmmaker Magazine



Interviews

The Irish Times

Irish Examiner

Evening Echo

RTÉ Radio (Arena)

RTÉ Radio (The Ryan Tubridy Show)

Newstalk Radio

FilmFest Hamburg

The Brooklyn Rail

MUBI Notebook

Cinéma du Réel

Fred.fm

The Times

Cinéireann

 


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A Note on
"It May Be That Beauty
Has Strengthened Our Resolve"

"In response to André S. Labarthe and Janine Bazin's wonderful series 'Cinéastes de notre temps', dedicated to classical auteurs described by their spiritual heirs from the Nouvelle Vague, our series pays tribute to known and unknown filmmakers who have participated with guns, cameras, or both simultaneously, in the struggles of resistance and of liberation throughout the 20th century, and to those who today continue to fight against all dictatorships. Fearless and often heroic auteurs, they are examples of relevance and courage for which the cinema thankfully represents their collective history; filmmakers of the struggles for liberation, often with romantic trajectories, are also those who have most encountered censorship, prison, death, and today are consigned to oblivion. 

"The series does not stem from a dogmatic list of the rules of the game. It is precisely the opposite, which conducts the movement of films; a gesture of freedom, without weight, by which the filmmaker can witness the work of another filmmaker, of his aesthetic, ethical, and political engagement, of his struggle with the world and with himself.



"Each film from the series is thus in itself a particular object which will have been thought out, produced, and realized according to the necessity that it brings. Each film addresses a common concern shared by all the others—that of transmitting the power of cinema when cinema and life are so deeply affected by one another. It is this concern that forms the unity of the series."

 —Philippe Grandrieux, Nicole Brenez.


Films in the series

Masao Adachi 

Salut et Fraternité. Les images selon René Vautier

The Image You Missed

Newsreel : du cinéma anonyme vers des luttes nommées

(Philippe Grandrieux, 2011)

(Oriane Brun Moschetti, 2015)

(Donal Foreman, 2017)

(James Schneider & Ivora Cusak, 2018)

 

 




The Filmmakers

Arthur MacCaig (1948-2002)

::*IMAGE MISSING*:1. His material:ARTSCAN 8-bit:Selfies:Solo poses:Art b&w portraitBorn in Weehawken, New Jersey in 1948, but living most of his life in Paris, Arthur MacCaig directed and produced political documentary films starting in 1978. He received a degree in anthropology from the University of Hawaii in 1971, and a degree from France's National School of Cinema in 1977.

He is best remembered for his debut feature (and film school graduate project), The Patriot Game (1979), a visceral analysis of the conflict in Northern Ireland and one of the first films to passionately portray the Northern Irish nationalist perspective. Produced by Iskra, the French film collective founded by Chris Marker, it was described as “thorough and thoughtful” by Janet Maslin in the New York Times and “informative, vivid and partisan” by J. Hoberman in the Village Voice. It was also described by the UK Foreign Office as “damaging and highly critical of Her Majesty’s Government”. MacCaig would go on to make seven more films in Northern Ireland, charting the evolution of the struggle over a 25 year period, earning unprecedented access to the underground Irish Republican Army.

He would also make several films about another nationalist struggle, that of the Basque-Spanish conflict, beginning with Euskadi: the Stateless Nation, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1984 and was described as “serious, intelligent, and effective”by Libération.

He died in Belfast in 2008.



Selected Filmography (as director)

The Patriot Game
                       
Euskadi: The Stateless Nation  
    
The Jackets Green   
                     
Irish Ways    
                              
Against Her Majesty  
                  
Irish Voices      
                           

I Am Become Death   
                   
War and Peace in Ireland
               
Song of Ireland    

(1979, feature)

(1984, feature)

(1987, short)

(1989, feature)

(1991, short)

(1995, short)

(1995, feature)

(1998, feature)

(2002, short)

 

Donal Foreman (director, producer, editor)

Macintosh HD:Users:donalforeman:Documents:ME:MANAGEMENT:SELF-PROMOTION:ME PICS:*Best pics for fests/press*:donalrepeatpic.jpgDonal Foreman (born in Dublin, 1985) is an Irish filmmaker living in New York City. He has been making films since he was 11 years old. Since then, he has written, directed and edited over fifty short films and two features. His first feature, Out of Here (2013) was theatrically released at the Irish Film Institute in 2014, receiving 4-star reviews from major newspapers including the Irish Times, the Independent and the Sunday Business Post. The Irish Times praised the film as "profound, humorous and touching" with "note-perfect performances".

At age 17, he won the title of Ireland's Young Filmmaker of the Year, and more recently he has been nominated for the Rising Star award at the Irish Film & TV Awards, and awarded the Discovery Award from the Dublin Film Critics Circle. He’s an alumnus of the Irish National Film School and the Berlinale Talent Campus, and, since 2011, a member of the Brooklyn Filmmakers Collective. As a film critic, he has written for many publications including Cahiers du Cinema and Filmmaker Magazine, and as a teaching artist, he was worked with public school students across New York City for the Tribeca Film Institute among other organisations.



Selected Filmography (as writer, director & editor)

Removal  
                                              
You’re Only What I See Sometimes 
                      

Declarations

Pull           
 

Refuge  

6 x Occupy    

The Ghost Said     

Out of Here       
 
The Image You Missed

(2006, short)

(2008, short)

(2009, short series)

(2010, short)

(2011, short)

(2012, short series)

(2012, short diptych)

(2013, feature)

(2017, feature)

 

Nicole Brenez (executive producer)

http://donalforeman.com/films/images-w1400.jpgNicole Brenez is the author and editor of several books and is the curator of the Cinémathèque française's avant-garde film series since 1996. She contributes to several film magazines, including Cahiers du CinémTrafic and Sight & Sound. She has organised many film events and retrospectives, notably “Jeune, dure et pure, A History of Avant-Garde Cinema in France” for the French Cinémathèque in 2000 (80 screenings, 400 films). She is also the curator for the Experimental Section for the Cinéma du Réel Film Festival since 2010, and has organized series or events at the Louvre Museum, Lincoln Center, Anthology Film Archives and the Tate Modern.

 

Philippe Grandrieux (executive producer)

http://donalforeman.com/films/une-grandrieux-hd-img_1651-detail.jpgPhilippe Grandrieux’s work covers several areas of kinetic visual arts: feature film, experimental television, video art, documentary, and museum and gallery installation. He pushes the boundaries of whatever field he is working in and strives for an ever inventive, truly radical cinema. Grandrieux’s first three full-feature films—Sombre (1999), La vie nouvelle (2002), and Un lac (2008)—demonstrate his profound exploration of image, sound, and narrative structures In the 1980s, he worked in collaboration with the French Institut National de Audiovisuel and the television channel La Sept Arte where he helped develop new cinematographic forms and formats that called into question some basic principles of film writing. More recently his films, installations and performances have been presented at CPH:DOX, Lincoln Center, the Whitney Museum, and at the Locarno, Venice and Rotterdam Film Festivals.

 

Michael Buckley (original music)

::Desktop:yRJNwgZ7.jpg Regarded as the most important and influential musician on the Irish jazz scene, saxophonist/ flautist and composer Michael Buckley has been playing professionally since the age of six when critics hailed him as a child prodigy. Born in Dublin city in 1971 Michael first came to prominence on an international level when, aged 10, he played flute with the legendary saxophonist George Coleman in the National Concert Hall. Though largely self-taught, his obvious talent has been developed by his father Dick Buckley, and such legends as Milt Hinton. Buckley has found his own unique voice playing both on saxophone and flute.

Now in his early 40s, Buckley is rapidly becoming the most important producer of his generation, with countless albums from jazz to traditional to hip hop to his credit. As a session musician he has also collaborated on recordings with Glen Hansard, Donovan, The Cranberrys and The Coors.

 

Ohal Grietzer (original music)

::Desktop:ohal2-5.3.2016.jpg Ohal is a composer and mixed-media artist working primarily with audio and video. She is focused on the production and performance of electronic music using synthesizers, field recordings, and voice. Ohal's score for Lior Shamriz's film Cancelled Faces and her debut album Acid Park were released last year on Styles Upon Styles. She has previously worked on music and film with TV On The Radio's Tunde Adebimpe, collaborated with Tyondai Braxton and toured in Rain Machine. Ohal has performed her work at the Fridman Gallery, MoMA PS1, and NTS Radio. She is currently working on a second album and is completing the score for Tzion Avraham Hazan's video installation Ashkelon Augmented.

 

Christopher Colm Morrin (original music)

::Desktop:Robotnik-Credit-Annett-Bonkowski-800x533.jpg Previously known as "Robotnik", Christopher Colm Morrin is a Dublin born poet, singer-songwriter, filmmaker, film composer and visual artist currently based in Berlin. In 2012 he finished “Robotniks” second album “The Death Of Robotnik” in Berlins infamous Funkhaus studios. He moved to Berlin at the end of 2012 to follow a new path and take time out from being a live performer. The period from 2013 till now is when Morrin began to feel the deep significance of poetry, images, drawing, sound experimentation and filmmaking.


Andrew Kirwan (sound design)

::Downloads:AAEAAQAAAAAAAAoVAAAAJGJhZDkyNGJiLTY0YjItNDM3ZC1iMWJmLWY3YTZkYjJjYWU3OA.jpgAndrew Kirwan is a sound designer and composer based in Dublin, Ireland. Graduating with a diploma in sound engineering and an  degree in music technology, he splits his time between working as a freelance composer and working on sound design for animation in Windmill Lane, one of Ireland’s largest post production houses.  His past projects in sound design include Coda, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Animation, and Dangermouse, which won Best Music & Sound Design at the Irish Animation Awards.

 

Ernest Larsen (voice of Arthur MacCaig)

::Desktop:Shoplifting.jpgErnest Larsen is a New York-based novelist, filmmaker, media critic, and curator. His new book, The Trial Before the Trial,  a factual expose of  the secret grand jury system in the U.S, is forthcoming from Automedia. He is co-curator of the DVD sets, Disruptive Film: Everyday Resistance to Power, Vol. 1 & 2, from Facets Multimedia, that gathers dozens of short-form experimental/political films.  With his collaborator, Sherry Millner, he has produced many films including Rock the Cradle (2012) and How Do Animals and Plants Live? (2018).

 

Seán Brennan (1927-1997) (cinematography)

:TIYM_MSTR_SUBS_171102_OAR_24F_HD_20_VIMEO.mp4.00_30_23_15.Still003.jpgBorn in Dublin in 1927, Seán Brennan lived in New York City with his partner Martin from the 1950s until a few months before his death in 1997. After working for decades as a graphic artist in various advertising agencies, he eventually turned freelance so that he had more time to travel and watch movies. In the late 1960s, he started shooting 8mm home movies, ranging from travelogues to short fiction skits and animations, shooting over 7 hours of material, but apparently lost interest in the practice by the early 1970s. Excerpts of this material feature in The Image You Missed.

 

Piers McGrail (cinematography)

::Desktop:piers-738.jpgPiers McGrail shot his first feature, Kelly+Victor in 2011, which recieved a BAFTA for 'Outstanding Debut'. Since then he has shot a number of features that have premiered at major festivals including Sundance, Tribeca and Toronto. A classmate of Donal Foreman at the Irish National Film School, they collaborated on nine short films together and Foreman’s debut feature Out of Here (2013). Clips from their work together, most notably The Ghost Said (2014) and Out of Here, are featured in The Image You Missed.

 

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