The Walter Markersen archive
There was a young lady of Wight
Who traveled much faster than light.
She departed one day,
And arrived on the previous night
In this series, Yannis Karpouzis reconstructs Walter Markersen’s "Østerport hotel", an uncompleted sci-fi film of the 70’s. Through selected film stills and Markersen’s manuscripts, a narration is built about the dark future of broken time boundaries. Into this dystopia only military technologies seem able to connect the memories to the past and to bridge the past to the present.
ABOUT Walter Markersen
Walter Markersen was a Scandinavian avant-guard film maker active in the 60s. Born in Copenhagen (1932), he completed 3 short films and one full length movie using a self-invented 35 mm format prototype camera which operated through still- photography technology. Apart from his movies and devices, Markersen left behind a lot of undeveloped films and manuscripts.
Back in 1968 he writes in a notebook about "Østerport hotel" film: people are living between the coming war and the past. The worst has happened. And all this dust... Later, he describes the story of a young girl who travels in the belly of a leviathan-size timehole in order to live for a second time her life before the outbreak of the war.
After his participating to events of "Christiania", Markersen remained strangely silent for the next 8 years, up to his death in 1979. The project was stopped in the middle of the shootings, leaving nearly 50 minutes of undeveloped material.
His last films were developed quite recently (2007), by the Danske Film Lab.
Andreas Nielsen, Østerport - Copenhagen