7-channel film installation (20 min. across seven screens)
HD video transferred from 16mm
Started in the 1930s, but unfinished
Newly discovered, remade and completed
The Lost is a B&W film with a plot told through the eyes of a young English writer, Christopher, who comes to Berlin and moves into a cabaret where an eccentric old man adopts young performers, dancers, artists and musicians to live and work in his building. In the basement Christopher witnesses experiments on the edge of life and death which seem more mysterious than scientific. While he settles in, wanders the city and begins to write, the cabaret is under threat from upstanding citizens and authorities, who claim that what goes on in the building is immoral.
The title is a reference to the first intention of a book that Christopher Isherwood started writing after his stay in Berlin from 1929-1933. “The Lost” was stretched not to only mean ‘The Astray and The Doomed’- referring tragically to the political events in Germany, but also to refer to those individuals whom respectable society shuns in horror.
The Lost is based on material filmed in Berlin in the thirties. Turbulent times during the rise of the Nazi regime put a halt to the production of the film. Reynolds discovered, remade and completed the film between 2011-2013.
Almost all scenes have been filmed in open art space such as Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Sprengel Museum, DB Museum Nurnberg & Koblenz, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Galerie Zink in Berlin, Christopher Grimes Gallery in Los Angeles, Dejavu/Nosadella.due in Bologna.
Documentation of the 7-channel installation at Volkspaleis, The Hague, The Netherlands
The Lost is a project in conjunction with the innovative research project ¡REMEDIATE!, a cooperation between Akademie Schloss Solitude and Merz Akademie – Hochschule für Gestaltung, Kunst und Medien; supported by MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg and the Landesanstalt für Kommunikation (LFK), Stuttgart- Germany.