Spent last evening at one of my favorite hangouts south of the Hangang river, Platoon Kunsthalle, for the Future Shorts Film Festival. This pop-up movie festival is quite unique, letting anyone, anywhere set-up their own screening event. Their aim is to create a big network of cinematic events and to form a community of film enthusiasts spread across all continents. The 2012 edition introduced 6 international award winning movies with over 140 screenings, in 30 countries and 60 cities!
The selection of films was really interesting, each so different and bringing so much to the viewer in such a short time. My favorite was definitely LUMINARIS, directed by Juan Pablo Zaramella (Argentina, 2011). Using stop motion and pixilation techniques he created a fictional world where “sunlight as a magnetic force” pulls people from their home to their job. The hero is an average Joe making light-bulbs by chewing on glass beads. But he has a big dream of freedom and an urge to see the world… I already am a big fan of stop motion and this film was perfect with its romantic story and beautiful images echoing art-deco. Winner of the Audience and Fipresci Award at Annecy 2011 International Animation Festival. A must watch!
If the director of THE EXTERNAL WORLD (Germany/Ireland, 2010), David O’Reilly, was not on acid when he created this lo-fi animation, then he must be pretty whacked! None the less, this was an amazing film, where the rules of logic and cohesion have no ground and the cutest characters are also the most corrupt. It was cynical and smart, made the audience both laugh and shiver all at once. Winner of Best Animation – Tampere Film Festival.
Going darker, DEEPER THAN YESTERDAY (Australia, 2010), directed by Ariel Kleiman, took us aboard a submarine with a Russian crew on the verge of turning into animals. Right away, the promiscuity and tight space in the ship makes the viewer feel claustrophobic and uneasy. Yet, there is hope in one crew-member who by protecting the corpse of a woman also somehow saves his shipmates from their own madness. Winner of International Short Filmmaking Award at Sundance.
INCIDENT BY A BANK- Dir: Ruben Östlund / Sweden / 2009 / 12 min.
DEEPER THAN YESTERDAY – Dir: Ariel Kleiman / Australia / 2010 / 20 min.
THE EXTERNAL WORLD – Dir: David O’Reilly / Germany, Ireland / 2010 / 17 min.
LUMINARIS – Dir: Juan Pablo Zaramella / Argentina / 2011 / 6 min.
THE EAGLEMAN STAG – Dir: Michael Please / UK / 2010 / 9 min.
GOD OF LOVE – Dir: Luke Matheny / US / 2010 / 19 min.
The crowd at Platoon Kunsthalle is always great for people watching. Last night had the usual suspects of hipsters, artists and pop-culture enthusiasts. Next Saturday is the monthly Night Flea Market, don’t forget to check it out if you are in town! It’s the perfect opportunity to mingle with the hip crowd, get some vintage accessories and check-out some special craft-work.