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Archive for July 4th, 2012

by Jaime Grijalba.

(Thailand, 20 min)

A spark of light in the darkness, flying up and up to finally dissapear. The sound of the wildlife forest-like inner cities of Thailand: birds, bugs, wind and trees whispering to each other. A man walking his dog in the same landscape, visiting the house of a relative, sorrounded by chickens and farm implements. A group of friends wait outside the big door entrance of a big house, with boxes and coolers, waiting for having a good moment immersed in the sorrounding wilderness, and as they enter, a young girl on a pink bike looks at them, as if she knew who they were. A father and son riding a motorbike pass through, enjoying the sun and the wind and all the smells of the jungley landscape. Memories from another person, memories that feel, nevertheless, familiar to us viewers from all over the world. Personal highlights from someone’s personal every day life, that feel universal and appealing to any one of us. Some short films have certain power inside them to entice the viewer into something universal and deeper about human nature, even more than feature films most of the time, but why is it that a form that is so appealing to most people is so ignored whenever there are film studies, reviews, top 10-100 lists on various subjects, that they are ignored and not taken as real cinematic experiences as they should be? Here comes this short film to take that premise and turn it to dust, it is the closest thing to pure cinema released this year: filmed with film stock in a new kind of camera, Weerasethakul manages to tell us that cinema isn’t dead, that film is alive, that anyone has a story and a film inside of them, and that sometimes images can be foreign and at the same time familiar, close, warm, even if they are seen through the lense of a camera. (more…)

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