Bani Khoshnoudi "Luciérnagas"

20 Oct 2019

Bani Khoshnoudi "Luciérnagas"

In "materials" we ask filmmakers to send us images, statements, stories, videos or quotes that were important for creating their work or are a documentation of it. 

From  Survival of the Fireflies,  Georges Didi-Huberman, Les Éditions de Minuit, 2009

”This is a time when the ‘evil counselors’ are in their full and luminous glory, while resistants of all kinds, active or ‘passive’, transform into fireflies, fleeing to make themselves as secret as possible even as they continue to send out their signals… 

…This is the context in which Pasolini writes a letter to his boyhood friend Franco Faolfi, between January 31 and February 1, 1941.  Small stories in the larger history.  Stories of bodies and desires, stories of souls and private doubts in the larger confusion, the century’s larger turmoil…

…Words from a young man deep in shadow, seeking his way through la selva oscura and the moving glimmers and flashes of desire (lucciola, in Italian slang, designates the prostitute but also the mysterious feminine presence in the old movie theaters that Pasolini no doubt visited often: the “usherette” armed with her little flashlight to guide the spectator among the row of seats in the dark).  Between euphoria and prey, pleasure and error, dreams and despair, this young man waits for a light to appear, at least the trace of a lucciola, if not the kindom of luce.” 


Caravaggio (San Francesco en ecstasi, 1595)