AS I WAS MOVING AHEAD OCCASIONALLY I SAW BRIEF GLIMPSES OF BEAUTY
2000 • 4t 48m • USA
Dette er BIFFs spesialvisning – en film på nesten fem timer, som på grunn av sitt 16mm-format vises i KP 10. For de av dere som klarer et slikt maraton, tror vi opplevelsen blir svært spesiell. Her gjelder det å ha tålmodighet før en etterhvert glir inn i regissørens særegne univers. Vi gir Jonas Mekas ordet:
"The film is a record of subtle feelings, emotions, daily joys of people as recorded in the voices, faces and small everyday activities of people I have met, or lived with, or observed – something that I have been recording for many years. This, as opposed to the spectacular, entertaining, sensational, dramatic activities which dominate much of the contemporary filmmaking. Now, all of this has to do with my understanding of what acts really affect the positive changes in man, society, humanity. I am interested in recording the subtle, almost invisible acts, experiences, feelings, as opposed to the tough, harsh, loud, violent activities and political actions, and especially political systems of our time. As a film-maker, I am taking a stand for the politics that have been practiced by some of the artists of my generation who believe that more essential, positive contributions to the upholding and furthering of the best in humanity, have been made, say, by John Cage or Albert Camus, and not by great political figures of the 20th century. The film is not conceived as a documentary film, however. It follows the tradition established by modern film poets. I am interested in intensifying the fleeting moments of reality by a personal way of filming and structuring my material. A lot of importance is being given to colour, movement, rhythm and structure – all very important to the subject matter I am pursuing."
– Jonas Mekas
Jonas Mekas (1922) er født i Litauen, og flyttet til USA i 1949. I 1970 var han en av gründerne av ’Anthology Film Archive’ i New York. Han har en rekke filmer bak seg, blant annet, REMINISCENCES FROM A JOURNEY (1971) DIARIES, NOTES AND SKETCHES (1976) og HE STANDS IN THE DESERT (1985).