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Imagine

In this remarkable and captivating film, a young blind man who can envision the landscape through which he walks takes a similarly afflicted woman under his wing, and they venture into the beautiful (and perilous) streets of Lisbon.

Schedule
May 17, 2013 4:00 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed
May 21, 2013 7:00 PM SIFF Cinema Uptown Date has passed
May 26, 2013 6:00 PM Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center Date has passed

Ian (Edward Hogg) is charismatic, confident, and blind. When Ian wanders into a renowned clinic for the blind in the center of the city of Lisbon, sheltered from the bustling world of the city, he presents his method of experiencing the world by "imagining" the landscape through which he walks and through the non-visual sensory information he can access. Hesitantly, the institute allows Ian to stay, and he develops a friendship with another blind person: Eva (Alexandra Maria Lara), who lives down the hall. He takes Eva under his wing, and he tries to teach her to experience the world without feeling vulnerable or afraid—and most notably, without a cane. Together, Eva and Ian weave through the clamoring streets of Lisbon, using their minds to envision the city without physically seeing it. Eventually, and not without skepticism from the institute, Ian begins training a small group of students in his innovative methods. Shot entirely on site in Lisbon, director Andrzej Jakimowski's captivating cinematic exploration of blindness transmits both the thrill and the danger of blindly interacting with a world, and a desire to be free from limitations.

Director Biography
Andrzej Jakimowski is a Polish film director, producer and writer. Before developing his career in film, he studied philosophy at the University of Warsaw. He has directed the features Squint Your Eyes (2002) and Tricks (2007).

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Director: Andrzej Jakimowski
Principal Cast: Edward Hogg, Alexandra Maria Lara
Country: Poland
Year: 2012
Running Time: 105 minutes
Producer: Andrzej Jakimowski, Vladimir Kokh, Francois d'Artemare
Screenplay: Andrzej Jakimowski
Cinematographers: Adam Bajerski
Editors: Cezary Grzesiuk
Music: Tomasz Gassowski
Website: http://www.imaginethefilm.org
Awards: Warsaw Film Festival 2012 (Best Director, Audience Award)
Filmography: Tricks (2007); Squint Your Eyes (2002)
Language: English
Format: DCP
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