Tomorrow is Saturday
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Documentary

Ireland
2020, 12+
1h 8min

A marvellous documentary about an eccentric Dubliner, an artist, a photographer, an inventor, a performer, and an extraordinary human curious about the wonders of the world. Seán Hillen creates fantastic collage art like his series Irelantis, where ancient civilisations collide with Ireland, and Pyramids are suddenly moist on the green hills. What is so attractive in Seán’s art? It’s the constant request for more from reality, the inquisition of truth underneath the surface, heavily peppered with humour of the likes of Flann O’Brien and Jonathan Swift.

The film is full of unique photos and video footages, like Seamus Heaney’s speech at the opening of the artist’s exhibition and their further interaction about meteors. But just by following day to day life events of Seán, this documentary becomes something else entirely, a true gem of the festival!

Tomorrow is Saturday is an intimate portrait of the life and work of Irish collage artist Sean Hillen. Diagnosed in his late 50s with Aspergers, Hillen has reached a point where he finds it almost impossible to work in his tiny terraced house packed with junk, unfinished art and boxes of memories. As he awaits the arrival of his beloved Amy, an American woman with whom he communicates daily but has never met, he embarks on a process of decluttering which unearths memories of an idyllic Newry childhood, a photography career cut short by censorship, and the evolution of a unique photomontage style that is infused with political satire.

Unfailingly good-natured and undoubtedly talented, Sean is a shining example of tenacity and skill that is close to genius. The world is a better place with Sean Hillen in it.” Film Ireland

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