Nice little film. Every time my mind started to wander, it pulled me back and showed me something new.
Rural-urban; politics-poetry; time-timelessness; nationalism-nature; no narrative??? Interesting experimentation with image and sound - not so different from his usual but it gives one moments to reflect, not dominating your conscious. Like looking at paintings without sacrificing integral components of moving images. Why read about it? Just watch it w/ an open mind. Limitations as directions not restrictions.
Steven, I have to disagree with you. The texture and atmosphere of this film is really quite nice. Tropical Malady is my favorite of his!
Didn't find it much of a testament to the lomokino or for that matter much of a film. Devoid of ideas but with a handful of arresting images doesn't really add up to much. Critics seem to give Weerasethakul the same 'everything he does is brilliant' treatment they once gave to Godard with about the same hit to miss quotient he had as well. Mind you I am looking forward to his new feature.
Couldn't get much from this,besides it's sound atmosphere and the slight, suggesting editing.I really believe experimental films are about sensations and emotions,dealing with dreamscapes,phantasmagoria,abstract/non-figurative or absurd.But trying to explain it through a synopsis doesn't make things better:I feel I am before a cryptic tale which doesn't bring up anything new.However,LomoKino's texture is haunting!
Apichatpong Weerasethakul experiments with the new Lomokino 35mm camera in this avant-garde short film commissioned by MUBI. Beautiful and evocative, ASHES is an abstract mood piece made more kinetic that Weerasethakul's usual style by the handcranked Lomokino. A lovely and atmospheric exercise in cinematic style.
like weerasethakul meets brakhage with a dash of 'la jetee' thrown in for good measure. amazing.
? can't really give it a "mark"...nice idea this Lomokino, nice hints about stuff happening in Thailand such as the offence of lèse majesté...I like it but it leaves me with a sense of loss that I can't really explain
More than just random frames of images, Ashes has brought those remote and unvisualized emotions into film. It's very rare that a filmmaker taps this region and it's purpose transcends into just telling a story but exploring that thought and brought us to realizations.
yep, that lomokino camera, like its still camera equivalent, the holga, makes for real easy instant "art". The slight slow motion irregular fps makes almost anything "interesting" and I suppose we'll now have an avalanche of lomokino "art" movies, aping the old 60's avant garde. if only art were so easy. i suggest those of you salivating over 'ashes' take a look at some real filmmakers, like Leighton Pierce, or Nathaniel Dorsky. Neither of whom will ever win a Palme in Cannes but who.... well
Yes, I suppose a lot of people will try to film something with Lomokino (like myself) but anyone who is really interested in doing a feature film will never do it with lomokino alone. I think the effect provided by that camera could be used in dream sequences or memories, and it could add something to the film, but never stand alone. Like you implied, art really isn't that easy, and a cool effect can only get you so far. But if you use it well and make the best of it, it can be an interesting tool. By the way, thank you for mentioning both those filmmakers, I'd never heard of them before and I'm enjoying the little I've seen of them now, thanks to your suggestion.
I did. It was beautifully written. I don't think any less of it for being a camera test; in fact it's absolutely brilliant as a camera test. I mean, this film with any other camera wouldn't like this -- like memories. My problem is that I cannot take the camera out of the equation, which is why at the end of the day, I feel it's still a camera test.