e-flux presents True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists’ Films
Chris Marker, Level Five | Part Two – Virtually Yours
Repeat screening on April 20, 2021

Chris Marker, Level Five (still)1997


Join us on e-flux Video & Film for an online screening of Chris Marker’s Level Five (1997), on view from Tuesday, February 23 through Monday, March 8, 2021.

A programmer, Laura inherits the task of making a computer game featuring the Battle of Okinawa that took place in Japan during WWII. She searches the internet for information on the battle, and interviews experts and witnesses while trying to get to the most difficult level of the game,—level 5—of the computer program left behind by her husband. The extraordinary circumstances of the Battle of Okinawa lead Laura to reflect deeply on her own life and on humanity facing its traumatic history, mediated by screens. Level Five addresses digital exteriorization of memories and alteration of intersubjective connections in the early age of virtual communication.

Level Five is presented here as one of four films in Part Two | Virtually Yours, the second of five programs in the online series True Fake: Troubling the Real in Artists' Films programmed by Lukas Brasiskis for e-flux Video & Film.  

True Fake runs from February 9 through April 19, 2021. The films in each part will screen for two weeks. Subsequent parts will follow bi-weekly, with new films screened every other Tuesday.

Chris Marker (1921-2012) was born in Neuilly-sur-Seine, France. Marker was a cinematic essayist and audio-visual poet. Marker began as a writer after the World War II, publishing his first book in 1949. In the 1950s he turned to documentary filmmaking. Among his classic works from this period are Letter from Siberia, Cuba Si!, Le Joli Mai, and La Jetée. In the 1960s and 1970s he was actively involved with SLON, a filmmaking collective dedicated to activist production. Marker reemerged to make films under his own name again in 1977 with Le Fond de l'air est rouge (A Grin Without A Cat) and received worldwide appraisals for his film Sans Soleil, made a few years later. Creatively reworking his life as if editing one of his own films, Marker made films on other filmmakers during the 1980s and 1990s. He also explored video and computer-generated imagery with a continued emphasis on the intersection between personal and political themes in films such as Level Five and The Case of the Grinning Cat.

Level Five is presented with kind permission of Icarus Films, a founding content partner of Ovid TV, currently featuring a collection of Chris Marker titles. A free trial subscription is available here.

For more information, contact program [​at​] e-flux.com.

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