a cheonggyecheon dog

the director said this was not about transsexualism so much as transformation generally. especially with reference to the river of the title. i didnt really get that, but found this dreamlike movie quite an interesting mediatation on the (perceived) impossibility of swopping gender identity. it went sort pop video halfway through but it kind of worked. favourite scene? the wolf dog rape of course!

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la mujer sin cabeza

a woman hits something with her car and drifts through the movie in a daze. she definitely hits a dog, a german shepherd, quite possibly the dog from the cheonggyecheon dog film (not really) and probably a kid too. but becuase she is rich and from the upper classes, she aint going down for nuffink. i saw this pretty early in the morning andit was alrite..

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first things first – seidl

as part of the

    first things first

series, the festival is showing the first movies made by directors who have been good friends of the festival over the years. seidl is now making a name for himself with import/export and also made hundstage (dog days). he has this way of making films which for me is really nasty – he has insight into the human condition, but only to show the intrinsic shitness and ugliness of it all. which is ok, it just makes his movies hard for me to watch. i value them, but dont enjoy them, so i was interested to see where he was coming from…

there were two movies here, one short about a dwarf, the second a 50 minuter about a high skool ball in some crappy german town.

the dwarf movie was really funny, whether intentionally or not, i couldn’t say. it was in delicious black n white (super8 maybe?) and started with a long shot of the dude standing in a field of corn with industrial buildings in the background. he was standing there chuckling. if you can see the humour in that, you would probably like seidl. the film showed the dwarf with his mum, who was weird and interviews with friends and colleagues whilst he was standing in the background of the shot. they cracked me up but then i am being discriminatory? is seidl? the feeling is uncomfortable, but the film did make me laugh, more at the sheer ridiculousness of it all than anything else. the dwarf (which is maybe a discriminatory way to call him) had an awesome car. a sort of little bubble car with three wheels powerered by a lawn mower engine.
the end is cool. he drives off into the distance in his little roaring car and then a jet goes across the screen, drowning out the noise for a bit, then it passes and the tiny roar reappears.
what a lovely metaphor. maybe seidl isn’t always “just” dark after all.

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the second film was funny also. seidl first interviewed various personages (mayor, doctor, lawyer etc) from this quiet town and made them all look pretty stupid. the mayor said that it was nice for people to be happy for two weeks about the ball. are thye not happy the rest of the year then?
then he interviewed the participants, these spotty adolescents who said dancing the polonaise would be the highlight of their year. one guy with glasses and an audacious nerdy haircut said he didnt like girls who wore a rag instead of getting dressed up and said after twelve he would be only dancing with girls who could match his abilities. basically everyone came across as very sad and lonely. good old seidl.
this was too long but it was enjoyable.

apparently this film got seidl thrown out of film school. maybe because he made the people look stupid especially be leaving the camera rolling after they thought it was off?

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it was pretty cool to see these films, which probably otherwise would never get screened.

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a noise documentary about otomo yoshihide who makes noise as a turntablist, guitarist, composer and conductor.

this was overlong and whilst interesting, not particularly well made: dj spooky kept on getting cut off in midsentence and even though it kinda worked to se lots of performances in short bites, then it got annoying to see the same performances again and again – why then not show the complete fragment in one burst?

some of the philosophising was interesting, some rather wanky.

i enjoyed seeing some of yoshihide’s performances – in one he was grindign a needle on a deck and making interesting sounds with effects pedal, in another he smashed up a technic 1210 deck completely!! his power jazz with screaming guitar and two clattering drums was pretty funny.

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~party~

Tijdens het Rotterdamse Filmfestival draaien we weer een V U I G E ! filmbar op de Kruiskade 6.

V U I G !

Both days start around 19h./20h.
Cheap beers and ambiance
12v. FM Soundsystem!!!

Deze en nog vele anderen, maar tot nu toe:

Friday 30/01/2009
dj >>>
Ruwe Data
Just_So_Nah
Spindokter Ries
Thypique vs Wout (live)

vj>>>
Tochnics
Co2RO
Earex Ball
Out of Order

Saturday 31/01/2009
dj>>>
MattTdk
IngeTdk
SnoeiiTdK
Earex
Co2RO

vj>>>
Co2RO
Out of Order
Earex Ball

guidance

the first film from johan jonason (not jens jonssen who made the king of ping pong). it tells a vaguely von trier like story of a failing marriage which the wife tries to save by sending off her lazy second husband on some weird sort of alternative therapy course in nature with a guy who is still in thrall of his guru. with hilarious consequences. not really actually, but nevertheless a good movie. all the actors are believable and real. jonason talked afterwards about how he represents actors as they really are not in roles he ascribes to them and i guess this comes across. stylistically it is interesting, using a lot of very closeup shots on faces.
jonason is one to watch!
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