Stephen Dwoskin – The Sun and the Moon (2008)
A film that seeks a balance between feature, form and lighting essay, with autobiographical elements and echoes of the primeval fairy tale Beauty and the Beast. By the former Film Maker in Focus Stephen Dwoskin.
‘The Sun and the Moon, a film fairy tale, is about two women’s terrifying encounter with ‘Otherness’ in the form of a man, abject and monstrous, and for them to either to witness, accept or partake in his annihilation. All are caught in their own isolation and are fearful of the menace that has to be met. The film, as a personal interpretation of Beauty and the Beast, enciphers concerns, beliefs and desires in seductive images that are themselves a form of camouflage, making it possible to utter harsh truths.’
That is Stephen Dwoskin’s short description of his own latest film. A film that seeks a middle path between feature, an essay in form and light, and the biographical notes and the echoes of the well-known fairy tale. One major difference with previous work is the fact that the camerawork was done this time by four different film makers instead of by Dwoskin himself. In view of the fact that Dwoskin is increasingly housebound because of his handicap, this is some kind of enforced domestic cinema: an excessive video film in which the maker does not spare himself. Short of breath, lengthy pants, in the absence of the spoken word. How do the women relate to that strange man in that house? And are the many slow motion images possibly a metaphor? Or a litteral attempt to slow down time, to stretch it, to abolish it?
841MB | 58mn 37s | 768×576 | mkv