The first image in Hometown shows a kind of film set being demolished. Rather than being built, started off, here something is being taken down, ended. This is a good example of the unusual approach that will characterise the film. The search for ‘traces and figures of heroism’ and an ‘imaginary fatherland’ is not a simple adding up of separate parts. Rather, it is the search itself that is central - the straying, sensing and freely associating - more than attaining a sharp, clearly defined result.
A prominent role in this process is reserved for ‘good old’ 16mm black-and-white stock. The grainy and usually somewhat bleached-out nature of the images creates an elusive sense of transience. In combination with the beautiful soundtrack, usually running asynchronously from the visuals, this makes for a film that has to be experienced instead of simply watched/heard. The ‘reward’ for this is comparable to the final image in the film: a full, rich field of corn. Made in Rotterdam

Filmmaker
Filmwerkplaats Collective, Lichun Tseng , Nick Aberson, Esther Urlus, Nan Wang
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Netherlands
Year
2015
Medium
16mm
Length
67’
Language
English, Japanese
Producer
Parisa Yousef Doust
Production Company
WORM
Sales
WORM
Writer
Filmwerkplaats Collective
Editor
Filmwerkplaats Collective
Production Design
Filmwerkplaats Collective
Website
http://filmwerkplaats.hotglue.me