When new technologies continue to promise total recall at the cost of disorientation, art offers us new perspectives. A recent spate of films address this phenomenon.
What began as Sjols half-serious remarks about wanting to adapt a work of academic theorya minefield of untapped IP in an era dominated by it, he jokedgave way to Goldhabers mental images of kids struggling with a bomb in the middle of a desert.
Today takes place over six years, and this temporal discrepancy captures the central tension of the film, which documents Friedrichs journey to meet a basic goal she sets in the opening scene: Try to pay attention to the moment. Try to see the humor in it. Look for the beauty in things. Just take some deep breaths.
Sōmai Shinjis oeuvre consists of thorough explorations of the long take and daring soundscapes. Japan Societys Rites of Passage: The Films of Shinji Somai runs April 28May 13.