57.600 SECONDS OF INVISIBLE NIGHT AND LIGHT (5', Italy, 2010)

 

Reminding of M.C Escher visual explorations, 57.600 SECONDS…, signed by the interesting Italian visual artists FLATFORM, is a witty collage of optical illusions which makes us question our own perception of reality. In only one shot, the motionless camera follows several people who either prepare an outdoor shooting or just pass by. They move mechanically, absent-mindedly, seeming fully immersed in their own thoughts or actions, without noticing the world around them, where strange things start to happen: day turns into night and vice versa, in an unusually fast pace, while an invisible demiurge seems to randomly manipulate the humans' movement speed. A fascinating and unsettling experience, reminding us that, absorbed by our limited daily concerns, we forget the important things and that life is quickly passing us by.

Director: FLATFORM

 

Cast: ANDREA BELLONI, LAURA CAGNATI, SARA CALZOLARI, CHIARA CARUGO

Screenplay: FLATFORM

Cinematography: ANDREA GORLA

Editing: MARCO FORNI

Producer: FLATFORM

Production: FLATFORM



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FLATFORM is a group of artists founded in 2007 and based in Milan and Berlin. Their exhibitions and screenings were presented in film festivals like Venice IFF, Rotterdam IFF, Tampere IFF, Nouveau Cinema IFF (Montreal, Canada), Indielisboa IFF (Lisbon, Portugal) etc.

 

Rotterdam Film Festival 2010 / Montreal Nouveau Cinema Film Festival 2010

 

“In this work the unity of place and action is precariously guaranteed through temporal discontinuity. Through repetition we gain something and we gain something because our bodies leave personal traces. Whatever the time, even though we differ from midday to midnight. The video acts a non-chronological idea of time in which the present comprises also the past and the future. This idea translates into the visualization of a habitat where the actions of landscapes and people are always identical but in continual temporal change.” (FLATFORM)

 

The fixed camera is placed at the confluence between two spaces bearing different symbolical meanings – an ascending path and an exterior space with limited visibility – in which ordinary people and those preparing a shooting coexist. Walking and carrying objects, repetition transforms them into sleepwalkers, as if they were in a world outside of time. A minimalist short impressive in how it manages to simplify a concept, FLATFORM’s film seems a re-presentation of Plato's «Cave Allegory». According to it, the people enchained in the cave since childhood see the shadows of those moving around objects pointlessly projected on the walls of the cave (often interpreted in the history of culture as a rendering of cinema’s mechanisms), believing the shadows’ world to be the only real one. In this time, some make it outside (on an ascending path) and see the light of day and of knowledge. The film succeeds in triggering in the spectator’s self the essential feeling of anxiety towards what he does not know.” (Andreea Mihalcea, BIEFF 2012)

 

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