Gold Teeth And Certain Arms

film ∙ 2021

The world’s most precise mechanical astronomical clock was put into motion in 1955, consists of 14,448 parts and has a wheel that turns only once every 25,753 years. But moisture and dust has found its way into the clock and so, Gold Teeth And Certain Arms is filmed during the breakdown of this supposedly perfect machine. By way of a sensorial registration, the camera takes an up-close look at the clock as well as following how it expands outwardly. Poetic voices take turns in narrating, all the while polyphonic tones are heard from the protagonist we never get to see: the ventilation system. Full of longing, the film inquires into the limitations and possibilities of the clock, and asks if it can put us in close contact with distant stars, beings and memories.

Directed, filmed and produced by: Rebekka Hilmer Heltoft
Sound: Anne Gry Friis Kristensen
Editing: Rebekka Hilmer Heltoft, Amin Zouiten

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© Rebekka Hilmer Heltoft
and the authors, 2024