Tuesday 6 June at 7pm
The Elizabeth Picture Theatre
Unrest, Cyril Schäublin, 2022, 93m
New technologies are transforming a 19th-century watchmaking town in Switzerland. Josephine, a young factory worker, produces the unrest wheel, swinging in the heart of the mechanical watch. Exposed to new ways of organising money, time and labour, she gets involved with the local movement of the anarchist watchmakers, where she meets Russian traveller Pyotr Kropotkin.
Schäublin’s breakthrough film is a stunning study of the industrialisation of time and space and its intersection with the individual and the commons. At its core, Unrest regards the rise of modern capitalism. Filmed largely with non-professionals, and with a distinct visual style that compositionally divides the image into various elements—with protagonists often tucked into the margins of an image, and surrounded by society—Schäublin’s film is both conceptually and aesthetically provocative.
With thanks to Alpha Violet.