Bjørn Melhus at IFFR
Jenny Scene (Auto Center Drive)
see: The Oral Thing
The Oral Thing
Drawing on the often inane and repetitive nature of daytime television, Melhus creates complex, almost surreal scenarios that parody the formats of TV religious programs, advertisements, and chat shows such as Maury Povitch. In much of his work, Melhus produces strange 'sets' that emulate both the physical designs of talk shows, as well as the behavior patterns of participants and audiences. Adopting the guise of both male and female parts in a way that makes each seem almost genderless, Melhus acts out his own 'narratives' that use, amongst other devices, music and TV sound excerpts. Jenny Scene is an excerpt of the film Auto Center Drive, an encounter between the voices of two pop icons, Janis Joplin and James Dean.
The beauty of death captured by highly appropriate camerawork. The freedom of the afterlife. Not only legends are eternalised by death.
Auto Center Drive
An essay on the impact of icons who died young, such as James Dean and Janis Joplin, on American society. How a people is lulled asleep by pretty tales and illusions.
I'm Not the Enemy
What changes in the lives of soldiers returning home after a war? For those suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, 'home' means 'hell'.
Weit weit weg
A girl tries to create her doppelganger using her mobile telephone after seeing something like this on TV. It turns out to be harder than she thought.
A look at subjectivity in media culture. On watching and being watched in a television society. Based on Broken Arrow, a novel from the 1950s.