The path of paradox - film
Inspired by the poem I wrote, 'The path of paradox: the contemporary emergence of the human- mouse', the film is about seeing beyond what the eyes can see.
In the poem, the reader is being taken to the subconscious, to the tunnels;
The film takes us deep into the contradictory pathways of the human psyche, with immanent Sisyphean feelings of distress and hope; the existential push and pull from confusion to aspiration, from claustrophobic constraint to being lost and abandoned in the vastness of possibilities.
Shot in the bunkers near Amsterdam, on Forteiland Pampus, and at sea, the historical locations are a reminder of the fragility of life and our need to connect rather than be separated.
The idea of ‘not seeing’ is translated outdoors to high degrees of light exposure, almost dissolving life into whiteness. The sea not only suggests the world migration phenomenon, alluding to my poem, but also represents sub-consciousness, and mirrors another poem I wrote, 'Pasolini’s Desert'.
The desert is a recurring theme in my works.
Both in my poem 'Pasolini’s Desert' and in this film, I allude to the concept of the desert as a cry of consciousness, inspired by Pasolini’s films and specifically, Teorema (1968).
The concept of ‘Whiteness’ as a lack of sight, was already explored in my solo Episode Latte, inspired by José Saramago’s book ‘Blindness’ (1997).
Length: 25 min. sound.
Directing, performance, co-editing: Dorit Weintal
Cinematography and editing: Roman Zotter
Performance: Maria Mavridou, Dorit Weintal
Composition: Simone Giacomini
Thanks to: Forteiland Pampus
Produced by: Faido company
Supported by: AFK as part of trust trajectory