Update: A subtitled version has arrived and is embedded below.
It may be sans subtitles, but the latest preview for Andrzej Zulawski‘s Cosmos is a visual delight — arguably one made all the more lucid by its incomprehensibility. First reviews out of Locarno were largely positive, if not a bit befuddled by the whole thing — which is often how people react to the Possession auteur, if we’re being honest — and I think, speaking uninformed, you can get some sense of their reactions within.
Since we’re still awaiting any news concerning distribution in the United States, this, along with some clips, might be the closest we get for a little while. (Unless you, like I, will be traveling to Poland’s Camerimage later this month, where it’ll screen; I can at least sit you down over some beers and describe the thing shot-for-shot when timing’s right.) Judging by what’s been seen, we are (eventually) in store for an overwhelming experience.
Have a look for yourself (via Cine Maldito):
Witold just failed his law-school exams and Fuchs has just quit his job at a Parisian fashion company. Arriving for a few days away at a so-called family guest house, they are greeted by a series of unsettling omens: a sparrow hanging in the forest, then a piece of wood in the same condition, and finally signs on the ceiling and in the garden. In this guest house there is also a baleful mouth, that of the maid, and a perfect mouth, that of the young woman of the house with whom Witold falls madly in love. Unfortunately, she has just married an architect of the most respectable sort. But is the young woman equally respectable? The third hanging, that of the cat, is Witold’s doing. Why did he do it? And above all… will the fourth hanging be that of a human?