Fainting Spells

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Fainting Spells

Sky Hopinka
USA, 2018
Shorts, 11min, OF

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Fainting Spells

Sky Hopinka
USA, 2018
Shorts, 11min, OF

Cast: 
Leslie Orihel
Jordan Mercier
Screenplay: 
Sky Hopinka
Sound: 
Sky Hopinka
Camera: 
Sky Hopinka
Editor: 
Sky Hopinka

Production: 
Sky Hopinka
World Sales: 
Video Data Bank
Format: 
DCP
Color

Xawiska. Indian Pipe Plant. Monotropa uniflora. Ghost or Corpse plant. In FAINTING SPELLS, a “walk through the spirit world” of the Ho-Chunk (a Native American tribe), Xawiska is also a person, a creature, a being. Xawiska works on the nervous system, so the film responds accordingly, with poetic, handwritten text passing along the screen in lines, vividly treated colour imagery, pictorial distortions, and a mysterious, shrouded body rendered thermically. Other glimpses (of somebody adjusting a TV monitor) and sounds (the plaintive song “Go My Son”, flute loops) remove us from this trance, creating an Apichatpong Weerasethakul-style conceptual collage. (Adrian Martin)