The author of this captivating documentary, a man at risk of losing the ability to see, makes a first-person essay on the sense of vision, the reality we perceive and human diversity.
OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Festival du Film de Locarno/ Visions du Réel/ Sydney FilmFestival/ Margaret Mead Film Festival New York
Lust For Sight, A journey to the depths of what we see
In a scene of this documentary, Manuel von Sturler, the filmmaker and protagonist of the film, opens the book "The Island of the Colorblind" by Oliver Sacks, a story about the inhabitants of an island who suffer from not seeing colors.
From this moment, the opening of the text becomes an abrupt metaphor about his conflict and triggers a journey in search of answers.
In the first minutes of film, a scene occurs where an ophthalmologist explains to Sturler that, according to the tests, he will soon lose the ability to see due to a strange condition of diffuse origin.
While his vision allows him to see even if only in gray scale, the filmmaker undertakes a journey through several places to hear the testimonies of experts and normal people and thus reflect on the sense of vision, the reality we perceive and human diversity.