A little bit of me dies ⬇️every time I have an airport search. Luckily, my ghost 👻 later basks in geeking out, watched 20 + trailers to pick the best films (for me at least!) to float in for the ride. Moods: dreamy, desolate, darkhumour, fairytale, myth, enigmatic, fantasy.
1. “Timecode” (Dir. J. Giménez Peña, 2016). 2 carpark security guards who work different shifts and barely speak to each other start leave messages (in dance – captured on CCTV) for each other in this tantalising short.
2. Then I listened to “The Very Best of Charles Mingus” (2001, 1hr 16m 13s). An alluring tapestry of fervour and mystery.
3. “The Breadwinner” (Dir. Twomey, 2017) “Stories remains in our hearts when all else is gone.” In this mesmerising animation, a young girl pretends to be a boy to help her family survive in Kabul when her father is wrongfully imprisoned.
4. “The White Girl” (J. Suen / C. Doyle). Initially, I was a little confused by the title! Dir. Jenny Suen introduces her film as “TropicalNoir” 🌴💀 which may be my new fav genre. In “the last fishing village of Hong Kong”, a socially ostracised teenage girl warbles along to a vintage Chinese pop song on a portable tape player. The singer is her absent mum, a former beauty queen whose silky negligee she’s wearing with long pearls + knee-high wellies. Her widowed fisherman dad mainly grunts at her to “bring him beer”. A poetic stranger appears in the form of an Adrien Brody/ Hipster dude who starts inhabiting the mysterious ruin at the top of the hill. A small boy selling mosquito cones and a sagacious goggled inventor monk carefully inspect the motives of the village chief…
5. “Min Börda” (Dir. Niki Lindroth von Bahr, 2017, 14m 25s). Weird, animated, darkly funny musical “extravaganza”. From the depressed hotel fish in dressing gowns to the other anthropomorphic characters who are revealed in sly ways as the music opens for each absurd pageant.
6. “Still on the Bridge” (Johnnie To). A widower sells candy on the street without a vending license. He corrects a friend’s assumption that he can read English, explaining that he’s got English newspapers on his stand because they are “better for soaking up moisture”. An intimate glimpse into a person’s life, social commentary with the lonely wail of reverb guitar.
7. “Fish Out of Water” (Johnnie To. 19m 54s). NB there are several films with this title. Disruption. Industrialisation. When words might be inadequate to express the destabilising effect of a changing way of life, the body strives to make itself be noticed and understood. Ironically, my viewing of this film was constantly interrupted by airplane announcements as we were landing….. 👟👟🏙