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In the Beginning was the Eye

Austria / Luxembourg, 2002 (MIFF 2003, Sideshow 03: New Media)

Director: Bady Minck

Direct from Directors' Fortnight at this year's Cannes Film Festival, In the Beginning was the Eye is a film about narration and remembering; about the volatility of language and image and the tricks our sensual perception plays on us. Lurid postcards and filmed images of the exact locations are melded and morphed into one another until it becomes impossible to determine reality from brightly rendered tourist trap.

Digital technology is employed to blur the lines and create impossible movements and transformations. Multiple exposures, time-lapse and slow motion assume an anomalous role that functions in ways completely contrary to standardised expectations and habits of seeing.Taking the rigidity of postcard motifs as a starting point, the film engages in a programme of revrtalisation, a re-animation that fills static people and things with life.

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