There are not many things appealing to the imagination as much as the hereafter. Fear for what follows after we die is the pillar of most religions and also the key factor for many decisions taken by people in their lifetime. Fortunately, the hereafter also inspires filmmakers to make beautiful films with hysterical special effects.
4 – EDOUARD SALIER
(France 2009, video, 16:40 min.)
Four letters, 400,000 possibilities. Only one of them is real. Edouard Salier is one of France’s best animation filmmakers. Next to short films like Empire (Impakt 2005), Salier also makes commercials and music videos (for instance, for Nike and Massive Attack). For his latest amazing animation he takes four letter words as his starting point. ‘Love’ is a four letter word, and so is ‘Hell’. A hallucinogenic trip.
BEARING WITNESS – JESSE MCLEAN
(US 2009, video, 23:30 min.)
How do we see ourselves, in terms of culture, in moments of great emotional significance. Using footage from mainstream television, Bearing Witness distils moments of sincerity from potentially insincere sources: television evangelists, reality show participants, screensavers, B-movies. This film dissects the media which distribute these images, thus publicly disclosing emotions and experiences which are normally private in order to meet the demand for sensation and entertainment. Bearing Witness is a trilogy consisting of the parts The Eternal Quarter Inch, Somewhere Only We Know and The Burning Blue
FROM HERE TO ETERNITY – OLIVER PIETSCH
(Germany 2010, video, 42:00 min.)
A found-footage film about the representation of death and the hereafter in cinema.