Directed by Nina Poppe
Almost 60 years ago, avantgarde filmmaker DA Pennebaker shot and edited the legendary short DAYBREAK EXPRESS, a bold trailblazer of a film both pre-cursing editing rhythms of music videos and paving the way for more sensual, non-narrative shorts.
As we go through different stations, seamlessly connected without the sense of something being sped up, through earth being poured into flower pots, seedlings being added, artificial rain, right up to the blooming of the flowers, this feels very much like the titular sunrise. Pennebaker contrasted nature's beauty with the banality of man-made objects, decrepit buildings, empty streets and wobbly train cars; in SUNRISE DACAPO we gradually understand the industrial scope of the process: flower pot after flower pot, row after row, pallet after pallet, hundreds, thousands of plants on hundreds, thousands of square feet – a massive greenhouse, as far as the eyes can see. And when the flowers start to bloom in an explosion of colour, blinding the viewer with excessive beauty and glory, it almost seems too much to bear. Just like DAYBREAK EXPRESS, this short film cannot be properly described, it has to be experienced.