Viennale-Trailer 2018: The Boy Who Chose the Earth

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Viennale-Trailer 2018: The Boy Who Chose the Earth

Lav Diaz
Philippinen/A, 2018
Shorts, 2min, kein Dialog

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Viennale-Trailer 2018: The Boy Who Chose the Earth

Lav Diaz
Philippinen/A, 2018
Shorts, 2min, kein Dialog

Thu
25
Oct
19:30
Gartenbaukino
Thu
25
Oct
23:00
Gartenbaukino
Production: 
Sine Olivia for Viennale
World Sales: 
sixpackfilm
Format: 
DCP
Black/White

The idea of commissioning Lav Diaz to direct a two-minute trailer might sound like a cinephilic jest. But the result of this experiment in contrasts is a dense, evocative short film that transmits layers of narrative and mystery in its brief run time. Aesthetically speaking, THE BOY WHO CHOSE THE EARTH resembles some of Diaz’s early shadowy black-and-white works, albeit marked by a somewhat softer, finer touch. While maintaining a focus on the relations of family, and the importance of place, its tone departs starkly from Diaz’s often wrenching epic-realist sensibilities. It involves a young boy, an anonymous son, who lives seemingly self-sustained in what might be the present and might be the end of the world. He is alone amid an ostensibly functional, if precarious universe. His occupations form a picture of early subjectivity – and a prompt to explore, from the inner self to an ever-obscured life outside. (Rachael A. Rakes)

With LAZZARO FELICE.
As a surprise the trailer will be shown several times during the festival.

Lav Diaz: NAKED UNDER THE MOON, (1999), BATANG WEST SIDE (2002), JESUS, THE REVOLUTIONARY (2002), EVOLUTION OF A FILIPINO FAMILY (2004), HEREMIAS (2006), DEATH IN THE LAND OF ENCANTOS (2007), ME- LANCHOLIA (2008), PURGATORIO (2009), CENTURY OF BIRTHING (2011), ELEGY TO THE VISITOR FROM THE REVOLUTION (2011), FLORENTINA HUBALDO (2012), NORTE, THE END OF HISTORY (2013), FROM WHAT IS BEFORE (2014), LULLABY TO THE SORROWFUL MYSTERY (2016), THE WOMAN WHO LEFT (2016)