Country: UK
Year: 2005
Duration: 68'

A man’s elderly paralytic monologue of pain and fury as he finds himself caught in the isolation and sexual loss. His mind attempts to regain an equilibrium of desire with the woman who he once loved. They are both real and imaginary and appear, disappear, and suddenly come back to torment him. He is motionless and powerless to control even his fantasies, and in the confused, claustrophobic space the inner world of love and hate, death and life and sex, all ambiguously collide as if they were torn out of time. His life becomes represented, not as remembrance, but of the traces and signs of an absence.

“Oblivion is much painterly, in its more physical tactility – the aesthetics of painting enter the film frame. I was surprised it reached the intensity it did without falling apart. I would like to continue that process into other thoughts or stories; I guess my problem is that I don’t know if I have the energy or the effort to do it – it’s not the absence of ideas but the absence of strength.”(S. Dwoskin)


film director

Stephen Dwoskin

Stephen Dwoskin (New York, USA, 1939), after working as a freelance designer, photographer and producer in 1961 he made two short films, Asleep and American  Dream. In 1964 he moved to London where he taught at the Royal College of Art from 1973 to 1983 and at the London College of Printing from 1983 to 1987. He pubblished a personal account of the American and British avant-garde film worlds, Film Is, in 1975, and a book of his photomontages, Ha, Ha! La Solution Imaginaire, in 1993. To date he has completed 40 films, most of which have appeared in most major international film festivals including Cannes, Berlin, Rotterdam and Toronto.


Asleep (cm, 1961), Me Myself and I (cm, 1967), Times for (1971), Dyn Amo (1972),  Jesus Blood (cm, 1972), Tod Und Teufel (1973), Behindert (1974), Central Bazaar  (1976), Kleiner Vogel (1976), Silent Cry (1977), Outside in (1981), Shadows from Light (mm, 1983), Ballet Black (1986), Further and Particular (1988), Face Anthea (mm, 1990), Face of Our Fear (mm, 1992), Trying to Kiss the Moon (1994), Pain Is ... (1997), Intoxicated by My Illness - Parts 1 & 2 «Intensive Care» (mm, 2001), Lost Dreams (cm, 2003), Visitors (2004), Oblivion (2005), The Sun and the Moon (2007), Mom (cm, 2008), Ascolta! (cm, 2008).