Five (For Ozu)
Five Dedicated to Ozu
2003, Abbas Kiarostami, Iran/Japan/France, 78 min.
- Sat, Oct 26th 5:15pm
“Confidence, elegance…deep space, solitude, and wonderment.”—Nathan Lee, New York Sun
“There’s a relaxing, meditative quality that also comes of Ozu’s images.”—Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
Five hypnotic, exquisitely composed shots of the sea and seashore appear as uninterrupted camera runs, but appearances are highly deceiving, as Kiarostami intends. In this film that now may be interpreted as an experimental precursor to the director’s final feature 24 FRAMES, each sequence was intricately and seamlessly composed from as many as twenty separate shots in order to create the contemplative reality of the artist’s poetic vision. A piece of driftwood rolls in the waves; tourists contemplate the ocean from a walkway; wild dogs nap on the shore; ducks go for a walk; and the sounds of frogs and crickets accompany a view of moonlight on water. Without dialogue. DCP digital. (BS)