A recently escaped Prisoner tries to adjust to the world outside her prison: Los Angeles. This is the vast, indulgent, web-like Los Angeles in its idealized form, but also the Los Angeles that, as imagined by generations of writers and filmmakers, is the epicenter of our inevitable apocalypse. Tangled knots of freeways, gated suburban communities with manicured exteriors, cars in place of people...the Prisoner is overwhelmed by this excess and begins to hallucinate all of this in a state of decay. She is haunted by a collection of spirit animals, flashing through her periphery as she frantically tries to find her way back to the beach--where she, despite being imprisoned, felt stable. But the sprawl of Los Angeles deceives her, and she emerges through a lush forest onto a swimming pool patio embedded into a hillside, where she leaps into the water and drowns--only to emerge moments later, phoenix-like, and truly free.
Shot in Los Angeles, the Angeles National Forest, on the banks of the Salton Sea and in Bombay Beach in California, and in and around Beirut, Lebanon.
THE SEA is the third and final chapter of the experimental cinematic triptych CORPUS CALLOSUM: vimeo.com/237994535
DIRECTION // Anahid Yahjian and Armen Harootun
ORIGINAL SCORE AND SOUND DESIGN // Armen Bazarian / Apollo Studios
PERFORMANCE // Kamee Abrahamian
ZUVERSPAETCETERANDFIGURINNESNNENSWERT OLLOS // Ferdinand Kriwet
LIFE // Decio Pignatari