Three images, three colorful longer takes: the black silhouettes of playing children, a dense swarm of birds and a mother breast-feeding her baby, all shot at the last light of day. PIETÀ is a cinematic haiku, whose wonderful and at the same time everyday images seemingly aim to express pure love of life and the world, while bathing everything in a deeply melancholic mood. Baillie’s images may easily appear cliché-ridden to us. Yet it is especially the naivety and vulnerability of such visual emblems that raises silent hope that they are (not only as spots) still possible in cinema today.
BRUCE BAILLIE: PIETÀ
USA/Austria, 1998, 1 minute
Super VHS (transferred to 35mm)/
Direction, cinematography, editing:
Music: Gustav Mahler