Wednesday, January 9, 2019

The visitor

Contemporary contemplative short film. I shot the "Visitor" from my hotel room in Phnom Penh.

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Experimental contemporary contemplative slow cinema.

Short-sightedness, or myopia, is a very common eye condition that causes distant objects to appear blurred, while close objects can be seen clearly.

The combination of "natural" elements "even urban noises" such as off screen diegetic sounds are as important as visuals in my films.

I suggest my viewers to engage with the off screen sounds and imagine the invisible surroundings like the short sighted people.

Imagine! ..... you are sitting in a room and looking through the window but can not see beyond the mosquito screen clearly. Everything is blurry. The trees, the planes, the whole world. To get the clear vision, you must open up your mind and listen carefully.

Morning Prayer

I shot "Morning Prayer" very early morning during the praying session at Siem Reap Wat Bo pagoda. The film is very minimalist like my other films. I've got lost totally in the timelessness. Dogs "welcomed me from the first moment I entered the pagoda yard. I don't know who scared who but they were barking continuously and following me till the spot I set my camera. The monks didn't show interest to the barking. I was quite invisible in the dark but that doesn't mean, no one felt among the monks I am hiding out there. The spiritual power was very strong.

I know this film is quite long and dull, but worth to watch until the end. At the end of praying a monk step by step closed the shutters than everybody left the pagoda in front of my camera while were chit chatting in Khmer. The sun is slowly rises up and from the far distance a gong let us know that time to start the day.