And I seem to have The YMCA stuck in my head after my neighbours' party two nights ago. Still. I just can't get it out of my damn head. At least I'm not doing the actions. You'd think a good Danish song (in this case, 'Bedst når vi er to' by Christian Brøns) would get it out, but after repeated playings of the song I can't shake The YMCA from its place atop my mind's playlist. Dang.
So the question I'm going to ask today is thus: is there any space in the market for experimental short films? Quite an out-there question, I'll admit, but it's something that's been bugging me since my trip to Denmark. When I was there I took a quick trip from central Copenhagen (which pretty much is Copenhagen) to Ishøj, a suburb. There I saw the art gallery Arken, and in Arken I saw several short abstract films by Danish filmmaker Jesper Just.
|A Voyage in Dwelling, © Jesper Just|
I can't remember if there was sound. It was very quiet. Perhaps there wasn't, but I certainly heard ambient noise from the films. Perhaps it was just inferred. Anyways, the three films playing (each about 10 minutes in length) showed the stages of a woman's coming to terms with certain emotions and stages in her life. Whilst her performance was the best it could be (she was not cast very well, in my opinion), the cinematography and rustling ambient noise created a moving experience.
|A Room of one's own, © Jesper Just|
But is there really any market for these sorts of films? Sadly, I doubt it. Just's films are far from mainstream, and I don't think we'll see them anywhere other than art galleries and the odd one on YouTube. This is a real shame, but it's fair to say that the average cinemagoer will have trouble relating to this. Also, most average cinemagoers are shallow, thick kids who can't be bothered to watch anything other than Iron Man 2. The chances of them being able to watch a film about a woman's sexual awakening - let alone understand it - are miniscule. But I'd still like to try something like Jepser Just's films, maybe a little more accessible. To create such an acute mood would be heavenly to me. I just need to find the actors, somewhere...