Wed 7 Mar '18 - Film

Itinerant Movies #3: Exotica, Erotica, Etc. – Evangelia Kranioti

Restriction leads to Perception

The Avantgardistic State likes to play with ideas round boundaries and recstrictions, whether cultural, physical or mental. We are delighted therefore to announce a new programme; Cinema Architecture 2018: Itinerant Movies.

The intention is to show films shot ‘entirely in a single vehicle’. This means that each film can be seen as a specific vector that describes trajectories and movements marked through a Cartesian coordinate system or simply a map. With their deliberate visual restriction, the narrative of single-set films depends on the tension between the inside (vehicle) and the outside space (landscape).

These films transport the spectator from place to place, albeit with a clear spatial reference, namely the vehicle. Sailing along the Maas river by boat, moving across New York in a limousine or flying over the Robert Smithsons Spiral Jetty in a helicopter channels the perception of the landscape in a linear way: what is left behind is the known territory, what lies ahead is the unknown. Through this process the space is revealed to the spectator gradually, building up their own memories, associations, expectations, creating their own mental map on the way.

Deconstructing and reconstructing the architectural space depicted in the film engages the spectator in an active process of discovery.

These events are FREE with a Cineville pass.

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Film #3: Exotica, Erotica, Etc. Evangelia Kranioti (2015, FR – GR, 73 min)
Life on a slow-motion cargo boat stretches oout over time, the landscape fades over a continuous horizon and our social relations are distorted by a strong primordial feeling of loneliness…
‘Exotica, Erotica, Etc.’ is a muscular slice of psycho-geography that praises the romance of the seven seas without sinking in sloppy sentiment. “Sailors are like terrorists. They arrive in ports with a bomb called love and throw it. And do you know what happens? The bomb explodes when they go away and they never come back, destroying the hearts of all the girls in the neighbourhood. How strange – To love somebody who pays you…”