August - September 2010
In 2010, during her stay as an international artist in residence at the Digital Arts Studios Belfast, Vanessa Nica Mueller came across the fact that the American director Gus van Sant had been inspired and influenced by Alan Clarke’s film “Elephant“. Upon closer analysis of Alan Clarke’s radical piece of work, Vanessa Nica Mueller developed the idea for “Traces of an Elephant” - a cinematic reflection on the medium of film as such and on the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
It features a number of interviews that deal with Clarke’s controversial television drama. Along with their personal memories of the film, the interview partners also reminisce about the structural changes in the city of Belfast during the past twenty years. The documentary approach and the intensity of Clarke’s fictional film coalesce.
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