Another beautiful montage cleverly creating movement from still shots. Breathtaking natural beauty scarred by mankind's footprints. (Yet Trump wants to make it worse by building a wall all the way across this border; a wall under which secret tunnels will no doubt be dug?)
There is a beauty about desolation that Rappmund is keenly aware of. He lingers just long enough on an image for it expand into a concept. Turning his sights more on land this time and the land that falls between boundaries, the film looks at what it means to be in a state of in between. His idiosyncratic style does well to translate this to the viewer. He pulls back the covers on his methodology here which I enjoy.
Who selects these films for Mubi? Everyone who subscribes is into art-house yes, but are these types that are here now really watched beginning to end by anyone? Really? Does this hold attention? I love art but c'mon. Getting frustrated with some of the selection here. Anyone else? Psychohydrography is the other one out this month that is just like this nonsense.
not nearly as calming as his first film, psychohydrography, but i think that is expected given the subject matter. tectonics does a good job of highlighting the strangeness that comes with trying to physically separate a contiguous area of land. two gripes: i hated the "morphing" transition effect used on foliage, and i felt like the audio was trying too hard to tell its own story. a little too in-your-face for me.
It is, for sure, an expression of what can be done in contemporary cinema. An interesting way to analyze a territory through a conceptual use of landscapes with moving photographs. Certainly it is a documentary about human presence but without them, which can make for greater depth.