Skip to main content

FILMPHOBIA

Brazil, 2008 (MIFF 2009, Arts and Minds)

Director: Kiko Goifman

“Just like time, death, violence, space, faith and sex, fear is one of the great themes of philosophical, scientific and artistic investigation.” - Kiko Goifman

A man enters a cage filled with pigeons wearing a jacket made of baguettes. A person is strapped into a bed above a nest of gigantic rats. Another woman hangs naked on a trapeze while remote controlled cars with dildos fixed to their roofs drive round underneath her. All for the sake of imagery?

The white robed, fictional director of this altered states documentary believes that the only true and ultimately real image of a face is that of someone being confronted by their worst phobia.

Filmephobia is a Chinese box of alternating truth and illusion, examining the mystery of phobias from a (possibly) entirely aesthetic perspective.

D Kiko Goifman P Beto Tibiriçá, Jurandir Müller S Kiko Goiman, Hilton Lacerda WS PaleoTV L Portuguese w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008

See also...

ART OF FAILURE: CHUCK CONNELLY NOT FOR SALE, THE

“The greatest passion of my life is something that makes me sick to my stomach.” - Chuck Connelly ... Alongside Julian Schnabel and Jean-Michel Basquiat, Chuck Connelly was the darling of the 80s ... More »

FLicKeR

“Art doesn't stop when you close your eyes.” ... Living at the psychedelic epicenter of the 60s Beat counter culture, Brion Gysin was a poet, artist, calligrapher and mystic. He introduced ... More »

OUR CITY DREAMS

“Quite simply ranks as a work of art.” - Variety ... Filmed over the course of two years, Our City Dreams ushers us into the creative spaces of five women artists - Swoon, Ghada Amer, Kiki Smith ... More »

STRANGE LUCK OF VS NAIPAUL, THE

“It's impossible not to be astonished by the paradox of V.S. Naipaul: that someone so fiercely clever, who writes so beautifully and humanely, can be so very unlikable.” - Guardian ... The life ... More »

Nora

Directed by David Hinton, one of Britain's leading dance screen directors, Nora is based on the true-life stories of Zimbabwean-born dancer Nora Chipaumire. Doused in the rich colours of Mozambique ... More »

GUEST OF CINDY SHERMAN

“Far too outlandish to be believable - except it's all true.” - Wired ... What happens when the sceptical outsider becomes romantically involved with the ultimate insider? For Paul H-O, the fly ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director