VERTICAL POOL PRODUCTIONS
(2008; 111 min. USA)
“The Invisible Forest” is full of treasures. It is able to depict those elusive
states which prove so hard to remember or describe when we awaken
from dreams. It incites and dares the viewer to let go of concepts and
accept the risky adventure of following the free, unimpeded energies of
body and mind. Since, in real life, Alli engages in paratheatrical research,
it becomes obvious that the film’s fictional story is constructed out of
documentary elements." - David Finkelstein, filmthreat.com (4-stars)
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A HYPNAGOGIC DRAMA
Alex, an experimental theatre director (Antero Alli), brings his troupe out to a forest to perform his vision of French Surrealist Antonin Artaud's magic theatre of ghosts, gods, and demons. During their paratheatrical experiment, Alex is haunted by disturbing dreams where Artaud (Clody Cates) appears and mocks his ambitions. In an attempt to stop these dreams, he stays awake for three days. With his sanity finally pushed to its limits, Alex visits a psychotherapist who suggests hypnotic regression to remedy his problem. Under hypnosis, we journey with Alex into the underworld of his Subconscious through hallucinations, dreams, and memories to a place beyond belief and maybe, beyond the mind itself. Written and directed by Antero Alli with additional text by William Shakesepare and Antonin Artaud.
REVIEWS, CAST & CREW, PRODUCTION STILLS
"A very beautiful work. The dream engine is in full steam and the dangerous relationship to the loosed spirit of Artaud is very real. The actors are great. And you, you're terrific actor, and I might say, very funny. I love the interweaving patterns of forest and dream, and the beautiful soundtrack. And, of course, the sexy women! You are astride a powerful and lyric mount." - John O'Keefe, San Francsico playwright/actor
"Forests embody threshold spaces where we encounter the spirits of nature as well as ghosts of the psychic, para-spiritual world. It is here in the forest that Alli’s dreamstory begins and winds itself through a rich tapestry of labyrinthine dreams, dreams within dreams, dreams that eventually carry us through to the shattering and regenerative conclusion of Alli’s cinematic opus." - from the REVIEW by Cedrus Monte, Jungian Analyst, Zurich Switzerland.
"The onscreen presence of Alli makes this film particularly special...his ALEX is enigmatic, sardonic, arrogant, insightful, joyful—an unpretentious but still portentous portrait of the sort of irascible, multidimensional artist who is not content to make myths but to provoke the nameless forces behind myth, and to bid them intrude." -- from the REVIEW by Erik Davis, author, "TechGnosis"
What may be Alli's most delirious picture to watch is also his most difficult story to follow, and at times the narrative seemed to spiral out of control. On the other hand, the spiral takes us places an ordinary, scripted story might avoid, even when the visual effects cease. In particular, the improvised dialogues between Alli and Garret Dailey, as his psychiatrist "Philip K. Brodrique," are naturalistic, funny, frightening ...the best acting I've seen in Alli's oeuvre." -- from the REVIEW by Jesse Walker
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ABOUT THE FILMMAKER
ANTERO ALLI has been writing, directing, and touring his underground feature films since 1995. His deep background in experimental theatre (since 1975) imprints all his films with a distinct surrealistic sensibility. Alli's films can be seen in rare, limited runs on the west coast arthouse circuit and, on dvd . Antero is also a book author and founder/director of ParaTheatrical ReSearch. He resides in Portland OR. (click above image for I.M.Db profile)
by Juanita Benedicto. April 29, '08.
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