Douglas Gordon Film About Jonas Mekas to Premiere at Locarno Festival

A still from I Had Nowhere to Go. COURTESY LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL

A still from I Had Nowhere to Go.


Last time we caught up with Jonas Mekas, he was in Basel for a screening of his 1971 film Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania as part of the film sector, and the 93-year-old legend of avant-garde cinema betrayed no sign of travel fatigue or jet lag. Now his busy summer continues with a trip out to Locarno, Switzerland, where Turner-winning artist Douglas Gordon will be premiering I Had Nowhere To Go, his new film that centers on Mekas, somehow.

“Although I do not want to reveal any more about this extraordinary project, I can say that Douglas Gordon offers us a truly sensorial experience, which challenges the concept of seeing, and links the idea of the present with that of memory,” the festival’s artistic director Carlo Chatrian said in a statement.

He also called Mekas “one of the greatest documenters of the human experience.”

Like Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania, Gordon’s film will touch upon his escape from Nazi persecution as a 22-year-old, and then subsequent exile. It will premiere August 4, and both Mekas and Gordon will be there. And then, hopefully, it will get wider release soon after.

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