Exploring the Avant Garde Series
Directed by Matthew Barney
“Breathtakingly beautiful and with little spoken dialogue, Matthew Barney’s film is a western that reaches for the cosmic.” —Glenn Kenny, New York Times
From the boundlessly fertile imagination of Matthew Barney, creator of the epic Cremaster cycle, comes a new visionary film rich in iconography and rooted in lore. The characters communicate a mythological narrative through dance, letting movement replace language as they pursue each other and their prey.
Redoubt loosely adapts the classical myth of Diana, goddess of nature and the hunt, and Actaeon, a hunter she punishes for trespassing on her privacy. Barney himself joins the cast as an engraver who happens upon the hunting outfit in the forest and begins to document their actions on a series of copper engravings. Diana takes his observation as an affront and it creates tension between the two.
Both protector of the natural world and a predator within it, Redoubt’s Diana (Anette Wacher) is a present-day sharpshooter hunting game in the Idaho wilderness. The title, Redoubt, can refer to both a provisional military fortification, and a defensive, isolated psychological position–both evoked by the film’s vast Idaho wilderness setting. 2019, U.S., DCP, 134 minutes. Recommended for 16+