Having seen ALL THE CITIES OF THE NORTH earlier this year as a festival previewer and now getting a chance to look at FANTASY SENTENCES, I can confidently say that as of Nov. 8, 2017 I have officially pegged Dane Komljen as a filmmaker to watch. Big, big things ahead. This one is a piece of Deleuzean archeology. The strata and gradations of place. Too enticingly clinical to be properly immersive. But casts a spell.
Fragments of time captured. The warm grain of 8mm, the sterility of video, the unnatural perfection of HD. Who are these people? Where did they go? Are they still alive? Apartment buildings as empty monuments to their existence. Nature encroaching and obscuring.
It looks like they're trying to film the radiations, not in a childish way like Kurosawa/Honda did it in Dreams - showing colorful gases - but almost in an esoterical way (watching it changing the reality). Or maybe in an even more childish way, just staring at it, pointing a finger in its direction...
Memory and its ruin. I once visited London twice over two years. The first time it was to reunite with a long-lost friend. It was the best month of my life. The next time I visited he was already living elsewhere. But I couldn't help feeling his presence. Walking the paths we'd walked, imagining the ways he'd have brightened blue London. Wasn't expecting to relive those feelings in a film about Chernobyl.
I have to admit, I didn't really understand it, although it made more sense after I read some commentary. I enjoyed watching it, though. I sort of wish he would have played around more with (what I assume was) the time-lapse of the sunlight somewhere in the middle. I really wanted to see more and more scenes bloom into light like that. The darkness was surprising.