第一部份：大屍斑 / Part One: Masterpiss
茫茫黑夜漫遊 Journey to the end of night, Pencil on paper, 19 x 34.3cm, 2012
十二嘢 Twelve, Pencil on paper, 19 x 34cm, 2012
偷腥迷情 She Cheats Me, She Cheats Me Not, Pencil on paper, 19.3 x 34cm, 2012
看另一片海 See Another Sea, Pencil on paper, 20.5 x 35.8cm, 2012
Journey to the End of Night (Voyagea au bout de la nuit)
Director: Jean-Pierre Fouard / France / 2011 / 1020min
Cast: Elisabeth Herbert, Scott M. Grosvenor, Marcel White
This seventeen-hour poetic epic is, indeed, an epic. Fouard, nicknamed “The Last Man of the French New Wave” is undeniably the last man. Having reached his own very old age, he bravely adapts Louis-Ferdinand Céline’s Journey to the End of Night – a story about a wanderer named Ferdinand travelling around wartime France, colonial Africa and capitalist USA, only to see himself lose the basic emotions of compassion and humanity. Filmed in almost complete darkness, his extreme-long shots continue to be a trademark. Under his camera, France becomes a living hell and the Seine a deep river that absorbs all suffering and being. No intermission.
Director: Maximilian Güttler / Austria, Germany / 2011 / 98min
Cast: Edith von Rohmein, Wöddgang Schmidt-Allewig
Twelve is an important component number when measuring time – and is the number of astrological signs of the zodiac. Güttler’s previous August Goes Out Like a Lamb (2001) and 7 Again (2006) were not a conclusive examination of the topic, so this film showcases all twelve horoscope signs. The Nazi-era provides the story’s background and depicted is an intense examination of humanity. Twelve actors have a different horoscope sign and each depict the stereotypical characteristics of their sign. You see the slowness of Sagittarius, the arrogant Virgo, the paternalism of Cancer… Scorpio is depicted as unfaithful and malicious, as usual - because of the director’s own experience with that star sign.
She Cheats Me, She Cheats Me Not
Director: Peter Chadborn / UK / 2011 / 121min
Cast: Emmanuelle Sinnar, Christine Scott Promas
Insurance agent Paul has a beautiful wife with a great pair of G-cups, two intelligent children and business is booming. His life appears to be perfect; however, there is always a shadow under the light and everyone has a stalker. This battle of wits is a combination of mystery, comedy, violence and satire and as the story’s different strands meet, the ending is a Chadborn-style horror scene. Paul’s stalker is actually a protector. His wife and children, parents, work colleagues and relatives cannot escape the unfolding, unexpected complications. Suspicion gradually erodes Paul’s sanity, eventually causing an irretrievable tragedy. The critic Slaboff Sisick declared this movie the best psychoanalytic study ever filmed.
See Another Sea
Director: Theodoros Loplopolos / Greece / 2012 / 158min
Cast: Tony Seriovillos
An exiled-director-abroad begins a journey of homecoming and a search for lost historical film footage. Unfortunately, thick mist ends the journey and with no choice he stays in a country experiencing a serious economic crisis. He spends his days making a movie – although he hardly has a budget. Surprisingly and without warning, his long-lost mother appears with the missing footage. This does not improve his situation, as the film’s producer is bankrupt. The depressed director walks the streets and realises that war has now spread to this country. Meanwhile, a motorcycle hits and kills him. His spirit floats in the air and witnesses the suffering during the ensuing economic collapse – it all ends in a thought-provoking conclusion.