MELANCHOLY

Dark Continent / Marylène Negro / France / 2010 / 6’10 / 4:3/
“Dark Contintent, a black, metaphysical hole around the face of Mary Magdalene which shifts Freudian psychoanalytical discourse towards the artist’s investigative practice, dualistic between the tenebrous and the (ultimate) radiance of light between the humanity in the filmed face and the eternal divinity of sculpture.” – Matthieu Orléan.
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A tale of heaven / Phuttiphong Aroonpheng / Thailand / 2011 / 6’ / 16:9
My mother dreamed that my late father came back home to see her. She strongly believes that it wasn’t a dream.
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Sentimental Journey / Tony Wu & Georges Hsin / Taiwan / 2003 / 10’ / 4:3
A melancholic three-part love story: a girl is talking about her ex-boyfriend who is now pursuing homosexual love. Although she stays at home, both of them are simultaneously exploringan unbounded sexual journey. As the story goes on, the emotion of the original and abstract footage become palpable.

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Lethe / Yuki Kawamura / Japan / 2005 / 4′ / 4:3
Two lovers swim in the river Lethe, the river of forgetfulness and oblivion. In Greek mythology, the river Lethe flowed through the Underworld, where all those who drank from it experienced complete forgetfulness. The lovers never meet and thus drift apart. A girl dives into the river to forget an unhappy love.
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Oh torment (Wa waila) / Monira Al Qadiri / Kuwait / 2008 / 10′ / 16:9
Oh Torment (Wa Waila) is a surreal film based on an old melancholic Kuwaiti folk song, whose words evoke a trance of sadness. Monira al Qadiri used this aesthetic as a metaphor for her film, interpreting it as a vehicle for personal grief: the film depicts love lost, displacement, gender identity and death in an extremely visual yet absurd manner.
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Divine Invasions / Matthias Groebel / Germany / 2006 / 9’59 / 16:9
Divine Invasions is an anonymous biography of the American science-fiction author, Philip K. Dick. Everybody is talking about him but his name is carefully erased. Two concurrent sections of the screen contain imperceptible 3D information, the constant reflection creates an electronic prayer wheel: a method of remembrance.
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Rain at homeRain at home / Kazumi Kanemaki / Japan / 1998 / 4’ / 4:3
The video Rain at home stages a young girl who is captured in a solitary, melancholic mood. The piece was made during a rain season in Japan and illustrates the touch of the water and the appreciation of it.
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Household Gods / Vaughan Pilikian / UK / 2008 / 6’30 / 16:9
Alone in the house but haunted by other voices: six people in six rooms, somewhere in London.
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Nightlife in a puddle / Fabio Scacchioli / Italy / 2010 / 8’ / 4:3
Nightlife in a puddle is an hallucination after the storm. Shot in 8 mm, of the dark and disappearing roads scratched by lightning. The discovery that a village festivity is also possible in a puddle at night is both, terrible and sublime. Do the images drown and disappear in our memory, or are we drowning while the images observe us from an unreachable time?

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