The Short Trilogy of Peace
A film trilogy by lauded Ōtautahi-based Slovenian-born filmmaker Martin Sagadin. A Q&A with the filmmaker follows the film.
A Room in Time is a new programme at the Christchurch Art Gallery Te Puna o Waiwhetū dedicated to showing under-seen art-house New Zealand films. The first film in this series is The Short Trilogy of Peace – an early film from Martin Sagadin, known for last year’s Spring Interlude and the 2018 film Oko Na Roki.
The Short Trilogy of Peace is a three-part portmanteau poetic documentary film made over the course of four years and completed in 2016. The middle part, Up Further, was shown in the New Zealand International Film Festival’s Spectral Visions programme, but the whole trilogy has never been shown to the public.
The mood of the film is meditative and peaceful and the subjects become fluid and phantom-like. Filmed through a sheet of silk, The Short Trilogy of Peace represents an oblique portrait of Christchurch and Kranj (Martin’s hometown), and acts as an invitation to a meticulously curated and deeply personal world.
Sagadin has also created stunning music videos for some of this country’s most beloved musicians including Aldous Harding, Marlon Williams, Girlboss, Ben Woods and Motte.