This Our Still Life
Time Out says
‘This Our Still Life’ is Kötting’s attempt to make sense of their life and the footage he has shot in this bolthole on various cameras and formats over the years.The film moves through the four seasons, but mostly it’s a flickering and wilful impression of family life, characterised by found footage edited together with Kötting’s archive, indistinct voices found and recorded, stark captions recounting Kötting’s thoughts and a moody score by Scanner. There’s a sadness running through the film’s reflection on time passing and on periods of melancholy (‘wellbeing comes over me intermittently’) but there’s also joy at familial love and, above all, the bond between a father and daughter. Kötting explores the house and countryside as a theatre for his ‘still life’, but always returns to Eden, who, along with her father, is a keen painter (an offshoot of this film is a book of Eden’s drawings). There’s humour, too, as when Kötting lingers on a postcard from a place called Tossa.