Bright, Bright Day is a simple composition with the camera remaining in one place throughout. The scene is of a grassy hill slope in an olive grove, shot in the golden light of the late afternoon. In the middle distance stands a female figure in a grey dress. She slowly starts to walk towards the camera, and in the end is standing close to it, at which point we clearly see it is Brotherus. The work has a sound track – which at first is ambient noises of birds and a distant dog bark – but which blends into a piece of accordion music by the Finnish composer Maria Kalaniemi. A poem appears in subtitles, by Arseniy Tarkovsky, the father of the film-maker Andrej, written in 1942. It is a poem eulogising about a remembered memory of idyllic harmony with nature. Yet, as so often with Brotherus’ work, it is tinged with melancholy. It speaks of loss more generally, such as the grief when loved ones pass away, and how over time memories of them can start to fade. They, as this remembered moment of idyllic happiness, are in the past – never to be recaptured. (From Camilla Brown: Elina Brotherus, Comma 27, Bloomberg SPACE, London 2010.)
Direction, camera and editing: Elina Brotherus
Text: Arseniy Tarkovsky: The Bright Day, 1942, published in Ardrey Tarkovsky: Bright, bright day, White Space Gallery, London and The Tarkovsky Foundation, Florence 2007. Translation from Russian by Kitty Hunter-Blair.
Music: Maria Kalaniemi: Kaamos, from Cranes of Spring, SibKaCD084, FIZEN9800067.
Thanks to: Martino Marangoni and Clare Lillingston, Marina Tarkovskaya, Andrey A. Tarkovsky.
Commissioned by COMMA at Bloomberg SPACE, London, by Bloomberg LP, 2010.
2010, 2 min 19 sec, HD video (Apple ProRes 422), 16:9, stereo.
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