However, this deeply personal style of address allows the viewer to ascribe his or her own interpretations to the often wordless images on the screen. There isn't one overarching theme to unite Cohen's sprawling essay, with Counting intended as an epic tapestry of various social conditions. From globalisation, the commodification of culture and the rise of the very technology that meant to free us, yet has only imprisoned us further, there's a disconcertingly wide range of sociopolitical maladies exhibited upon the screen. A video representation of what David Harvey described as the "right to the city", alongside a subtle critique on the ever quickening pace of life, this psychogeographic voyage culminates in an all encompassing symphony of the city and a gentle reminder to take a step back once and a while and consider the wider mechanisms at play.
The 65th Berlin Film Festival takes place from 5-15 February 2015. For coverage follow this link.
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