2010, Sat, Jul 03

Repression

© Eija-Liisa Ahtila

© Eija-Liisa Ahtila

LIU WEI films the silence of passers-by 20 years after the protests at Tiananmen Square in China. While the memory of the deaths is becoming blurred, the impossible remembrance is being replaced by illusion. Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL slowly films the interior spaces of houses in a village. They are all deserted, apart from one, wherein we see a group of young soldiers digging a hole in the ground. Three men recite a letter addressed to Uncle Boonmee, which tells the story of a small community where all the houses have been abandoned. Eija-Liisa AHTILA recounts an incident which took place during the Algerian war. Reacting to the atrocities committed, two young Algerian boys murder their friend, a French boy of the same age. The film starts in the present day as Death enters the house of the Poet. She starts to investigate these past events, which gradually become interwoven with the present moment.