Valtos, or The Veil

1987, 16mm bw, 11 mins, distribution Lux

Valtos is a project for a film to be made twice. It is a story told from thirty years hence, in the last moments of its narrator, who awoke one day in 1987 ‘with the knowledge that I had been duplicated during the night, and that I was an inferior replica of myself’.  There follows a relentless, epic, pursuit of an absconding phantom – his ‘original’ – which ends in catastrophe at Valtos, a place at once ethereal and terrifying.

Camera, script Patrick Keiller, narrator Vladek Sheybal.

“. . . a sort of molecular exchange between kinds of chaos, in the human mind and the world at large.” – Caroline Collier, British Art Show 1990 catalogue.