The Inconceivable Mountain
A musicologist and her dog climb a mountain in search of an indecipherable song hoping to understand its meaning. Daniel Witkin directs “The Inconceivable Mountain,” which registers both as an homage and a satire of black and white silent films of the 1930’s, particularly a type of German film common to the era (read our interview with Witkin here for more). The mysterious music emanating from the summit catches the ear of Ulrike, and her trusty dog, Müzzi. If they can reach the top and make sense of the “pure and slippery sound,” then it could “lend a measure of clarity to this business of life and death.” High stakes indeed. But the journey is interrupted when a lost soldier wanders into view and requires care. The film is beautifully executed with a rare combination of cinematic reverence, and strange comic beats that spill into parody. -KA. Directed by Daniel Witkin. Starring Katya Pylova, Zdenko Martin, and Therese Plummer as Müzzi (voice). Producers: Albert Tholen, Beck Kitsis. DP: Neo Sora. Editors: Chris McNabb, Albert Tholen, Daniel Witkin.