The world premiere of aemi’s 2023 Tour ‘Súitú’ receives its theatrical debut at the 67th Cork International Film Festival
‘Súitú’ – an Irish language term pronounced Suet-two – is the sucking in-and-out sound of stones on the shoreline at night, often heard in springtime when large waves pull pebbles and then roll them back in. Evoking the elemental, the programme’s pacing picks up on not just the familiar ebb and flow of the sea, but also the rhythmic actions that form contemporary culture and living contexts. From inner psychological journeys to the phenomenological, the seven films that form this programme together present a deeply original, sensory experience.
Curated by aemi, ‘Súitú’ is an opportunity to spotlight some truly exciting moving image works by Irish and international artists that we have encountered over the past year. We’re proud that ‘Súitú’ is programmed within Parallax, CIFF’s established festival strand that gives prominent focus to the importance of artists’ films and experimental work.
Post-screening Q&A with filmmakers Lisa Freeman, Susan Hughes, Holly Márie Parnell and Sofia Theodore-Pierce
Fábio Andrade, Contorno/ Contour, 2021, Brazil, digital, 10 minutes
Susan Hughes, Eyes Like Cats, 2022, Northern Ireland, digital, subtitled, 3 minutes
Morgan Quaintance, A Human Certainty, 2021, United Kingdom, 16mm transferred to digital, 20 minutes
Bárbara Lago, Yon, 2021, Argentina, digital, subtitled, 8 minutes
Sofia Theodore-Pierce, Other Tidal Effects, 2021, USA, 16mm transferred to digital, 7 minutes
Lisa Freeman, Hook, Spill, Cry Your Eyes Out, 2020, Ireland, digital, 3 minutes
Holly Márie Parnell, Cabbage, 2022, Ireland, digital, 28 minutes
Running time: 80 minutes
Fábio Andrade, Contorno/ Contour
“Open the leaves I will see my body turned into flower.” – Gabriel Joaquim dos Santos
Susan Hughes, Eyes Like Cats
After an encounter with bioluminescent phosphorescence, a line of enquiry begins into how humans have made sense of mysterious natural occurrences throughout history
Morgan Quaintance, A Human Certainty
The inevitability of separation, loss and death are explored through an introspectively written monologue and a selection of stills, moving images and written text.
Bárbara Lago, Yon
Using archive material from their childhood, Bárbara Lago re-programmes their childhood’s mythology and reflects on their body traversed by affections, fictions and the passing of time.
Sofia Theodore-Pierce, Other Tidal Effects
Catamenial seizures, tidal correspondences, a sonic EEG, and a lullaby in partial translation. Highlighting the seams with the darts. An exploration of epileptic rhythms and sensations through moving image practice.
“And there are other tidal effects, mysterious and intangible.” – Rachel Carson, The Edge of the Sea
Lisa Freeman, Hook, Spill, Cry Your Eyes Out
The work touches on things that are inflated: bills, lungs, bellies, airbags, egos.
Holly Márie Parnell, Cabbage
An intimate film made in collaboration with Parnell’s family, Cabbage looks at the complexities of bodily autonomy within an ableist paradigm. Through moments of reflection and observation, the film focuses on her brother’s writings using eye tracking technology, and her mother’s memories, to explore how we shape a sense of self under the pervasive weight of unspoken assumptions, categories and fixed definitions that get placed onto bodies. Dissecting layers of language, agency and power, the film is a subtle examination of how a human life is measured and valued.