Limitless Cinema in Broken English

August 22, 2009


Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 12:55 am

The Philippine short film program is one of the best programs I have ever seen. The four films shown are uncompromisingly experimental. ETERNITY (1983, Raymond Red) makes me feel as if the film comes from a twilight zone. THE BRIEF LIFE SPAN OF FIRE: ACT 2 SCENE 2: SURING AND THE KUK-OK (1995, Auraeus Solito) is extremely beautiful. THE RETROCHRONOLOGICAL TRANSFER OF INFORMATION (1996, Tad Ermitano) feels like one of the best German films. SURREAL RANDOM MMS TEXTS FOR A MOTHER, A SISTER AND A WIFE WHO LONGS FOR YOU: LANDSCAPE WITH FIGURES (2008, Christopher Gozum) is shocking, because it shows an eye operation in extreme close-up.



  1. You’ve seen some of the very best Filipino shorts, celine. Suring I consider one of the finest pieces of animation ever. Magpakailanman (Eternity) I consider a great Filipino film. Retro is one of the rare pieces of Fiipino science fiction (the few other genuine pieces of SF cinema include Gerry de Leon’s Terror is a Man and Lav Diaz’s Hesus Rebolusyunaryo).

    Comment by Noel Vera — August 29, 2009 @ 1:35 pm

  2. I must thank Alexis Tioseco for curating this excellent program.

    I think SURING is one of the best animation, too. I think it also presents myth in an interesting way. Its presentation of nature also reminds me of TULI (2005, Auraeus Solito).

    I just knew from my friend that Raymond Red is a student of Christoph Janetzko. Phaisit Phanphruksachat and Pimpaka Towira, two of the best Thai contemporary filmmakers, are students of Christoph Janetzko, too.

    THE RETROCHRONOLOGICAL TRANSFER OF INFORMATION is a kind of sci-fi films I like very much—the kind which focuses on ideas instead of special effects. Many recent Thai films try to use special effects or CG with laughable results, except THE SPERM (2007, Taweewat Wantha), of which the filmmaker knows that ideas should come first.

    Comment by celinejulie — August 30, 2009 @ 12:41 am

    • Celine, did you know that The Retrochronological Transfer of Information was entered in the Yamagata Documentary Film Festival? Strange but true, and too cool for words.

      Comment by Noel Vera — September 11, 2009 @ 7:57 am

  3. Yes, it is very strange, but great films like this one should be shown in any kinds of film festivals, I think. I have heard that MYSTERIOUS OBJECT AT NOON (Apichatpong Weerasethakul) was shown in Yamagata, too, but that’s not very surprising, because MYSTERIOUS OBJECT obviously has documentary elements in it. I just think that Yamagata seems to be a really interesting film festival if it includes such films as THE RETROCHRONOLOGICAL and MYSTERIOUS OBJECT in it.

    I still wonder why AUTOHYSTORIA (2007, Raya Martin) was shown in Marseille Festival of Documentary Film, because I don’t think of it as a documentary. But I love this film, and I think that Marseille Festival must be an extremely interesting film festival if it showed such films as AUTOHYSTORIA.

    Comment by celinejulie — September 11, 2009 @ 10:56 pm

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