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Chris Marker Feature Program

Level Five

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Friday 6/12
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dir. Chris Marker, France, 1997, DCP, English, Japanese w/ English subtitles, 106 min.

A woman (Laura), a computer, an invisible interlocutor: such is the setup on which Level Five is built. She "inherits" a task: to finish writing a video game centered on the Battle of Okinawa - a tragedy practically unknown in the West, but whose development played a decisive role in the way World War II ended, as well as in postwar times and even our present. A strange game, in fact. Contrary to classical strategy games whose purpose is to turn back the tide of history, this one seems willing only to reproduce history as it happened. While working on Okinawa and meeting informants and even eye-witnesses to the battle through a rather unusual network which parallels the Internet, Laura gathers pieces of the tragedy, until they start to interfere with her own life.

As in any self-respecting video game, this one proceeds by "levels." Laura and her interlocutor, intoxicated by their enterprise, use this as a metaphor for life itself, and gladly attribute levels to everything around them. Will she attain Level Five?