"Age Is... is a new feature meditating on the subjective experience and cultural concepts of ageing. The film is an ode to the texture, the beauty, the singularity of aging faces and silhouettes, a hypnotic poem in the 'Dwoskinian' meaning of the term which is long observations of very tiny details. A gesture, a pause, a look, a moment. Throughout his films intimacy has always played the leading role and this is also true for Age is... all the faces being those of close friends, of their relatives and sometimes even of Stephen himself." - House on Fire
"A contemplative film on the subject of aging, doubling as a subtle reflection on death, Age Is... scans marked by time, only to reveal them in all their splendor.. a cinematic poem, tender and violent." - Le Monde
"The music of Alexander Balanescu has a pointilistic and fluid tenderness, and contributes to the sensory unity, communicated by the interplay of filming and editing as a continuous presencecomposed of variations. Every body, every face transmits the implicit within a (pre)history - which its silence, even as lips sometimes move, endows with a kind of estrangement." - Raymond Bellour
"There is no precise name for films like this (which are often described as 'personal'). Because of this absence of classification, absence of explanation, these films seem difficult, or even menacing, for certain viewers (and for established conventions). The mirror-effect produced by a 'personal' and 'expressive' cinema such as mine (or as that of others) presents an infinite image of life. The perplexity created by the mirror-effect is that of a reflection that tells the truth (like documentary) even as it exaggerates (like fiction)." Stephen Dwoskin
Stephen Dwoskin was born in New York in 1939 and began making independent shorts there in 1961. In 1964 he followed his research work to London where he settled and participated in the founding of the London Filmmaker’s Co-op. His experimental films, for which he himself does the camera work, play with ideas of desire, sexual and mental solitude and the passage of time. In his films he also explores representation in cinema, performances, personal impressions and his own physical handicap which has been a source of inspiration for him throughout his career. Dwoskin died on 28th June 2012 in London. His sensitive and emancipating works have been the subject of various international presentations.
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