“I always say a film should have a personality. And like a person, if he or she is very popular, I would feel very suspicious. Maybe my good film is not your good film. It’s very subjective. But if I make a film that divides the audience, I feel like that’s a certain level of success. Film should divide people.” Apichatpong Weerasethakul
An Intimate Immensity
“Cut off my arm. I say, ‘Me and my arm.’ You cut off my other arm. I say, ‘Me and my two arms.’ You take out, take out my stomach, my kidneys, assuming that were possible. And I say, ‘Me and my intestines.’ And now, if you cut off my head. Would I say, ‘Me and my head’ or ‘Me and my body’? What right has my head to call itself me?” Polanski in Le Locataire.
A Watery Programme from Singapore
This is the second year the Asian Forum on experimental cinema is held. Along with it, the first ever, EX!T 2010 – Experimental Media Art Festival in Taiwan organised by Image Movement. It brings together similiarly independently spirited groups in the region such as EXiS-Experimental Film and Video Festival in Seoul, China Independent Film Festival, KLEX-KL Experimental Film and Video Festival, FILMVIRUS, fuangrupa & forum lenteng. What I am most excited is the Taiwan retrospective of experimental films in Taiwan since the 30s.
The 3-day event will be presented at the GULING STREET Avant-Garde Theatre and Taipei Contemporary Art Center. Tickets are available here.
I’ve also curated a watery programme that features Riau by Zai Kuning and It’s Not That I Forgot but Rather I Chose Not to Mention by Charles Lim Yong Yi.
Date: 27 Nov 2010
Venue: Taipei Contemporary Art Center
Riau is an ode to the Orang Laut (sea gypsies) by a free-spirited artist who spent years exploring the Indonesian islands south of Singapore. It’s Not That I Forgot but Rather I Chose Not to Mention is a silent one-take 50-minute live painting by a former national sailor of a man cleaning a much neglected pool filled with debris.
The movie looks back at us – David Bordwell