(05/09/07) – After a longer-than-usual absence, Stream Factory comes back with a two-part programme to make up for it. So yes, we have a feature film and a short film to introduce it.

The short film is by Nam June Paik’s Electronic Moon #2 (1969). Paik is widely considered to be the father of video art, having pioneered the use of television as a creative medium as well as an object of art per se, as his works often featured sculptures made of TV sets and installations involving several TV screens. But Paik also made single-channel works and Electronic Moon 2 is a good example of the lyricism he aimed to achieve with electronic art.

The feature film in the programme is Lukas Moodyson’s Lilya 4-Ever (2002, pictured). When interviewed for Kamera by Tom Dawson in connection with this film, Moodyson said:

After Together, I wanted to make a completely different film, and I started writing a script which has some similarities with the finished version of Lilya 4-Ever, except that it takes place in a completely different part of the world, with completely different characters, but maybe it asks some of the same questions. Then one day I was standing in my living room and it was like a big rock fell down on my head. The film came to me in a couple of seconds, all the scenes and everything with the exception that it was intended to be a more religious film. It was originally about the way that God takes part or doesn’t take part in the world today. It was very literally about Jesus next to this girl Lilya. That part was overtaken by the character of the little boy Volodya. If I was simplifying the process, I was thinking that it was very difficult to write about Jesus. It doesn’t mean that I lost the religious thread completely but it had a more substantial place in the film at one time. I think it’s interesting to think that Volodya took the place of Jesus. Just like Jesus he comes to this planet as a human-being. This time he comes as an abused child and he walks next to another abused child. That idea interests me.

Enjoy the programme! Links to the films are on the left.

Antonio Pasolini

Editor