Max Digital Compression

25 May

On the Line (BASF) We discovered short film at BUDi, and Busan Asian Short Film Festival was even . Again, the quality of short film leaves the longer form far behind. The BASF staff was also tops. I’ll single out , of the five I saw, and all were special.

I don’t know why every German film I’ve seen is grungy. Berlin was not all that way.

A department store security guard is secretly in love with a clerk in the book department. Without her knowledge, he observes her via the store’s video monitoring system and follows her on the train at night. When he witnesses a seeming rival being attacked in the train, he gets off instead of helping him. Not being able to deal with his bad conscience, his formerly controlled life breaks down.

On one hand, the film captured the isolation of a digital time, where it’s easier to trust images than people. There’s a real chance, ironically Rolf could get what he wants. If he could commiserate, or perhaps just come clean about witnessing the incident on the train. he would have to break through to the image of his affections. But he balks. Both are lonely in a strange town, and it’s so easy. All that technology just ruins communication.

Missing broke ground, because, instead of going easy, it did something more interesting. Bernard was not invisible to his wife, just emotionally unavailable. She spoke to him, as the neighbors and the police could, but no one knew him. So, he cuts his finger off, but the dog eats it. So, he kills the dog to pull the finger out of its guts. Only when his father, wasting away in an old folks; home, confirms his identity at gunpoint, does the town trust Bernard.

Digital is great, but it’s absolutely inhibiting.

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