SUFFocate on SYDNEY UNDERGROUND FILM FESTIVAL bucket of visual treats
Pretentious, maddening and extremely divisive is how I would describe this docu-thriller part fiction, part fact. James Franco, take him or leave him plays himself. Set in the General Hospital era of his career (of course something crazy would come out of this decision) James actor and James serial-killer character begin to blur considerably as night falls. A huge criticism of celebrity and serial.
Since 1996 film director Michal Kosakowski has been asking people with different backgrounds about their murder fantasies. He offered them the chance to stage their fantasies as short films. The only condition was that they had to act in these films themselves, either as victims or perpetrators. More than a decade later, Kosakowski met these people again to ask them about their emotions during their acts of murder or victimization, and interviewed them about current social topics such as revenge, torture, war, terrorism, media, domestic violence, the death penalty, suicide etc. Their replies are juxtaposed with the short films based on these 'non-criminal' fantasies made accessible to viewers. Zero Killed takes the issue one step further: the film deciphers common clichés and patterns of visual violence with the aid of the protagonists' immediate and direct comments. The result is an unconventional hybrid of feature film and documentary that makes viewers question their personal and social positions concerning ethical and moral values and taboos.
Jennifer,daughter of David Lynch heads to India and unravels completely as her new film project spirals out of control. A very candid documentary of cultural clash, extreme misunderstandings and loss of identity, Despite the Gods is an insightful and intelligent look into the mechanisms of film-making.
When: Thursday 6th September - Sunday 9th September