Today was the prime session of the new movie by the director Maris Martinsons in co-operation with japanese artists - Kaori Momoi and virtuoso William Goldstein.
I should say - with very long introductory part before the movie where every person included in the process of movie production was recalled, finaly the big moment came.
As I realize I cannot tell anything about the plot - just that it's not that simple as IMDB tells us. It's full of emotions, beautiful piano music and variaty of beautiful set of pictures - with soft, light colors and modern elements that reminded me the culture of hipsters. I should say although it is low budget film, work of camera was almost perfect, if we forget some episodes where camera was shaking.
Anyway, in my opinion the movie was about lonliness and the way each person is trying to fight with it. The movie gives insight to the lives of five different persons. But every of them is being lonely, mis-understood (except the pianist - he is the calmest person - he has found his freedom through the passion for music).
The acting by the Kaori Momoi is brilliant - I fully believed in her and easly identifide with her - woman living in her own world without being interrupted until something happens. Until she meets Rob. A guy who is reaching to find out the mystery with detective like passion.
Run away from themselves, solving problems for others.
This film is not the big blast - it's not trying to give you excitement. It is more about deepness, bringing you thoughts about the life, the core of it, relationships and, of course, loniliness and after movie when subtitles had been rollled over you find yourself still sitting in the chair and thinking.
As the teacher from the States once said: "Most of your life you will spend alone". The question is - how to be free of loneliness instead.
And then you take a break from living and find yourself in the movie theatre in cosy room in Splendid-Palace.
My motivation to see this film was mostly because I wanted to be closer to the directing, creating performances. Actually, I wanted to learn and gain some inspiration.
At the moment Alvis Hermanis is one of the best theatre directors of Latvia. He is producing performances in Riga, Latvia, and also going for some time to Germany to work with actors there.
You could think that movie is about Hermanis, but, in my opinion, it's about process - it is more about prototypes and actors trying to make doppelgangers of them, still, staying authentic. It's becoming like a mix of life ups and downs and reality and lies.
The two sides of theatre which I love and hate - actors are giving in so much energy in believing in the characters they choose, but they also put more emphasis on more colourful emotions such as anger, pain, happiness, hysteria.. and the performance is becoming too intensive and hanging on the border to the madness.
I like things Hermanis tells. Like - 'Once I realised that everyone has the same life - I mean - they have different decorations, conditions - but the amplitudes they experience are the same, the walls, the ceilings and floors are the same; they have the same emotions - no differences.'
Although the movie was only 53minutes long I gained what I went for - inspiration and strong will to get to the camera and story telling, because 'even the life of the simplest person can be shown as a great colourful adventure. And every story will be sad in its core.'
This is my opinion on this movie. I don't want to tell more, because I recommend to see it with your own eyes. Only some more technical details.
I loved the ring like composition of the movie, I loved the sound of double-bass used for background music (because I just love string music). But I didn't like the lights used for the episodes. However, I should agree that it made the movie more harmonious - there were episodes filmed with home made quality, I guess, for non-professional aims. And it made the feeling of the atmosphere of the theatre behind the scenes - there is nothing perfect - it's modest, plain, aged. Definitely the beauty and everything else is hidden in the core of the actor - his soul (or should I say souls?), material things are only decorations and why we should turn them into glitters and gloss if we know what are the base - it is more easier to build new worlds if we have nothing in there before.
Yesterday at work (I'm working with the research administration) I ran over interesting idea about usage of 3D.
It's called Advanced 3D modelling for accessing and understanding European cultural assets. Find more information by clicking on it. But the main idea is that 3D modelling helps to preserve cultural heritage and also analyse history. And they are also going to give some money to those working on this.
Months ago I was travelling around our country and there was one model of a head of the woman from round 15th century. And it was said it's very hard to make one of those and it is the only head copy in the Baltic states. So - let's develop 3D modeling and 3D printing and make some real life figures!
Actualy, I am quite thrilled with this idea because it's making more relation between arts and scientific stuff and giving more value to beatiful and interesting things. Just imagine museums where there are a lot of computers with games, animations, interactive things, instead of stuffed models or wax figures. Don't know if it's better, but definately something could be made out of it.
And also for those learning 3D modeling it comes as a big relief - if it's not games, films, entertainment industry there will be a niche waiting for your skills.