Weblog since 2004 on books, films, art and travel.
Subscribe to the RSS feed.

iffr: build a ship, sail to sadness

Another road movie and another poetic title at the Film Festival Rotterdam, with Laurin Federlein's debut film 'Build a Ship, Sail to Sadness'. It is perhaps best summed up as 'Breaking the Waves' meets Stephin Merritt.

In the desolate highlands of Scotland, Vincent (Magnus Aronson) has a dream of setting up a mobile disco. Riding around on his moped - and sniffing gasoline fumes - he tries to rally sceptical locals to his dream, insisting on their (projected) loneliness that needs alleviating.

The film contrasts bittersweet pop songs with a gritty hi-8 style of video noise and oversaturated colors to evoke Vincent's romantically warped vision. It's biggest charm is that in the clash between Don Quixotian naivety and cold harsh reality, both are equally persistent.

Recommended:

iffr: klimt

The director's cut of ' Klimt ', the new film by Raúl Ruiz , starring John Malkovich , had its world premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival . As emphasized by Ruiz, the film is not a biopic, but rather "a phantasmagoria, a f… Read the full post »

No comments

Leave a comment

(optional field)
(optional field)

To prevent automated commentspam you need to answer this question...
Remember personal info?
Notify
Hide email
Small print: All html tags except <b> and <i> will be removed from your comment. You can make links by just typing the url or mail-address.