HATE (2012, 12 minutes, 35mm)
Cinemascope (1:2.35), silent. Premiered at UnionDocs, New York, June 2012.
In 1959, Soviet film director Aleksandr Ptushko (1900 – 1973) directed a feature film titled Sampo, which was loosely based on the Finnish national epic Kalevala and which was partly filmed with two cameras simultaneously. In the film Hate a stereoscopic image is appropriated from Sampo to form a happening between two different perspectives and intended to play with the possibility of exposing the hidden landscape of the mythical Kalevala. The implications of portraying the repressed “Other” in Ptushko´s depiction of Kalevala is also exposed. The stroboscopic effect of the film contrasts with the pictorial content that follows traditional narrative lines: the abduction of the fair maiden, the events lead to a disgraced and defensive suitor, who, once defeated, exits the set sulking.
EN GARDE! OPENING FILM – SAMI VAN INGEN: HATE
THU 11.4.2013, Juhlasali, 17:30