Digital Short Films (In Public/Digitopia/A Conversation with

  • 96'
  • South Korea
  • 2001
The Korean Jeonju Film Festival commissioned three film-makers to make a film and only placed two restrictions on them: the length should be no more than thirty minutes and they had to film with a digital videocamera. Despite the very different results, all three films include moments in which the future of digital film becomes tangible. Digitopia by John Akomfrah is about a man who is torn back and forth between the digital and analogue world. He is desperately seeking love and tries to turn his digital relationship into a real relationship. The subject of his affections, a prostitute, is however less than enthusiastic.For In Public, Jia spent 45 days filming public places in the former mining town of Datung. The influence of capitalism on the town is clear: an old bus is now a restaurant, a railway station has suddenly been turned into a disco. Datung has become a town without a function, but despite the depression, the inhabitants remain optimistic.A Conversation with God is the most elusive of the three. Here Tsai Ming-liang searches for God, in a collage of lively images from the big city. We see a medium in trance, a river bank strewn with dead fish and a striptease. An exciting contemporary document.
Directors
Jia Zhangke, John Akomfrah, Tsai Ming-liang
Country of production
South Korea
Production Year
2001
Festival Edition
IFFR 2002
Length
96'
Medium
Betacam SP PAL
International title
God
Languages
Mandarin, English
Producers
Sidus FNH Corp., Tcha Sung-Jai
Sales
Sidus FNH Corp.
Screenplay
John Akomfrah, Tsai Ming-liang
Cinematography
Yu Lik-wai, Tsai Ming-liang