Online catalogue / Gerhard Treml / Leo Calice / O.N.L.S.D :

Eden´s Edge
Eden´s Edge
AT / US / 2014
61 min.

An office located in the Californian desert. The self-imposed objective is no less far out: narrative landscaping. Its abbreviation is “O.N.L.S.D”, which includes what is pretty obvious, being on LSD.
But Eden´s Edge is a nine-part episodic film from the Office for Narrative Landscape Design initially marked by exceptional directorial sobriety. The visual settings for the life-stories it presents are based on a shared and stringently maintained master-plan. We see bird eye-views of minimalistic scenes, meticulously arranged in gray desert sands, usually furnished with but a few props. Within this context, seemingly lost and barely insect-size inhabitants move about, recluses, mavericks and freaks in the best sense of the word. They all have retreated to the desert, to reinvent their lives on the margins of an increasingly unbearable society: the schizo-schaman who has constructed a totem circle out of stones; a female artist who fled the city and created a repository for the traumas of combat veterans; the paranoid druggee who inscribes a giant spiral along classical lines of land art.
As they ploddingly drag themselves through the sunstruck backdrop, we hear their voices persistently tell of their fates – in sum, a densely woven patchwork of unconventional modes of existence. In the last episode, a French anthropologist reports how his Austrian friends inspired him to erect the O.N.L.S.D with them, here at the site of a “lost airport”. The resulting “storyscape test site” contains structural elements of the other stories. And so the frontier dream, in convoluted self-reference, begins to dream itself.
Rarely have the borders of the idyllic been so concisely fathomed, rarely have the places of retreat remaining for non-conformists been pinpointed so precisely.

(Christian Höller)

Translation: Eve Heller

-> see also sort version: Eden´s Edge (Three Shorts from the Californian Desert)

A film by:
- Gerhard Treml
- Leo Calice
- O.N.L.S.D

category:
- Essay

original language:
- english

Available Prints:
- DCP 2K

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