I just finished reading a review of Jem Cohen’s new film Chain, and it sounds fascinating.  Here are some excerpts from All the World’s A Car Park (Guardian Unlimited):

Chain takes as its subject and setting the homogenised interzones of privately owned public space – shopping malls, hotel complexes, theme parks – that multinational corporations have remade in their own global-branded image, letting regional colour fade to a concrete grey. A hybrid of fiction and documentary, and a brilliantly discomfiting twist on the “location shoot”, Chain is also something of a Ballardian horror story.

“I was trying to get a grip on the nature of globalisation, which is such a hazy, amorphous term,” says the Brooklyn-based 42-year-old, who shot Chain on 16mm film over seven years. “The film is not about America, but there’s no question that we’re primarily responsible for how a lot of the planet ends up looking. So much of the world becomes a mirror of American business and culture and iconography.”



Cohen has become an archivist of public space at a time when much of that space has been colonised – and de-historicised – by corporations and transient consumer desires.

Sounds like a film worth checking out (Godspeed! You Black Emperor has composed the film’s score!).  The hard part will be finding a screening of the film…