Euphoria of Obsession
This year’s Euphoria is built around the contrast between different generations of directors. The classics Alejandro Jodorowsky, Alejandro Amenábar, Pedro Costa set the high artistic level which younger directors might have trouble getting up to. The debutants for their part like Ceylan-Alejandro Ataman-Checa (“Sebastian springt über Geländer”) and Zoé Wittock (Jumbo) give a sense of the vibrating contemporary life as seen by very young people born in the 21st century. The energy which nourishes this cinema, comes from different sources – from Italian primitivist paintings (“Hidden Away”) to Korean mass culture (“Beasts That Cling to the Straw”). The movies that we have selected, have something in common – their protagonists are possessed by strong emotions and strange ideas. This obsession compels them to behave provocatively and unexpectedly. Watched side by side within one program these very dissimilar films impart a sense of tension between classics and avant-garde, between cinema d’auteur and genre cinema, between cinema and the fine arts, which is characteristic for the present-day cultural landscape. The distinct features of this landscape are new popular gender and ethnic paints. But the foundations remain the same and include the emotional involvement of the audience in the dramas and comedies of human existence, the author’s interested and intent gaze, attention to nuances of feelings, to the tiniest fluctuations in the disposition of heart and soul. We will be happy if the viewers experience euphoria from the beautiful imagery, witty dialogues, virtuoso directing and acting. Come and enjoy the golden fruits of film art.