Like a grumpy, humourless, German version of a Varda short. This Dike Sluice is a curmudgeon worthy of Beckett, pretty much. With a thirteen minute monologue... (Another quirky German anthropomorphic narration: Rabbit a la Berlin - the Cold War through the eyes of generations of bunnies: http://www.snagfilms.com/films/title/rabbit_a_la_berlin)
An animist reversal of humans comprehending the environment with which they are entangled. Here we have a segment of the environment comprehending the humans with which IT is entangled. Cinema is the perfect medium for enacting this reversal, since by its very multiperspectival nature it has the potential to decentre human experience. Could have pushed its central premise further though.
I adore film and poetry that elides story for setting, selects a place and sits on it. Marvelous film compositions here, too, and a melancholic relationship. Favors casting small signs of civilization over nature, both of which sort of peel away at each other's significance. Fascinating stuff.
Ein Sprecher zitiert einen melancholisch-poetischen Text aus der Sicht eines Siels (damit ist eine Deicheinfahrt zwischen Meer und Hafen für Schiffe gemeint) aus dem Off. Währenddessen werden Impressionen von Hafen, Menschen und Schiffen aus der rauen Küstenlandschaft Ostfrieslands gezeigt. Einmaliges Filmmaterial und für mich eine der ganz großen Überraschungen des Jahres!
Experimental short that is basically a poem being read by a Dike Sluice that is given voice by an offscreen old German guy. It's a spoken word piece that has some artistic merit. Brings to life a kind of verbal history of the Sluice like it is alive and has lived its life there, and now it is describing itself and the others around it. Pretty interesting. And just the right length for this idea.
3-4. There's really a lot to be read in the personification of the sluice. It's played specifically as an old man who's jaded about his role in society, but also enjoys the power he has over his town, and resents when they lose perspective about his contributions. As much as one could read into the political context here, there's something to be said for the way it wants the town to appreciate nature, too.