Passage of Sound
Passage of Sound eschews narrative, establishing instead co-ordinates which are principally those of modernist poetic cinema; long takes sometimes in slowed motion
fixed camera positions with the figure moving through space in ‘real’ time, no sense of
a contextualised narrative, no character motivation, no causality, and no dialogue.
The soundtrack establishes an evocative register that connects the Irish viewer
with the saliences of a memorialised past and a memorialised landscape.
The opening image is of a dense wall of wind-undulated trees, dreamlike, intense,
a partial view of a monolithic wood observed from without. The film progresses to
an interiorised forest space - a clearing with a gap from which a figure emerges.
The figure dressed in black and white, is austere, deliberate, a canvas satchel
variously slung over a shoulder or carried
Cinematographer Editor and director Shelagh Honan