Question yourself more often
You can talk about technical characteristics of the image: 24 frames per second in the cinema theatre vs 30 interlaced frames per second on the TV screen, wide dynamic range vs high contrast, iPhone camera vs Red Epic.
When you judge a person, the cloths that he/she wears can create the first impression, but in the end of the day personal qualities and characteristics are more important than the appearance. The same approach applicable to videos and movies.
The importance of the image quality can’t be overestimated, however the crucial distinction between a video and a movie is hidden in its semantic context. A video content, TV news for instance, are meant to deliver information to viewers. An effect from a movie doesn’t stop on a simple delivery, it makes you think about the topic and come up with your own conclusions.
Questioning in stead of answering.
And now let’s go for a walk (eng subtitles):
In a certain sense this video work confirms the statement «The more I see the less I know». Being just a minute or two into a movie it’s easy to assume that the main character is a homeless alcoholic or drug addict, however very soon we understand that that’s not the case. By the end of the film the motivations of the old man become completely mysterious.
We can’t be sure if what you just watched was fiction or documentary (or maybe half and half?), was it staged or spontaneous, imagined or observed… The director forced us to approach the film with the same questions we have when we watch the people around us doing mysterious things. What are they doing and why? Who is this person and what do they struggle with? Are they someone we should pity or someone we should instead admire? Or is that somehow a trick question? How is this person like us? And how is this person different from us, always the Other?
About the director:
Anice Jee (Anisia Boroznova) is Brooklyn-based artist who was born and raised in Moscow. In 2015 she moved to New York where she instantly gained a recognition as a very talented cinematographer and editor. «Cans» was her last work shot in Russia in 2014 before relocation to the U.S., some sort of saying goodbye to inert and dogmatic society. The movie was never publicly shown in Russia, the first screening happened in 2015 in New York.
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