TL;DR – An interesting experimental film that hits that overlap between film and a technology demonstration
I have seen quite a few films that you could call experimental in my time but today might take the cake as one of the more weird concepts that I have ever seen. Something that at first sight is deceptively simple but then it is clear a lot of work has gone into making it come together.
Familiar Strangers might be also one of the shortest films I have reviewed, clocking into only four minutes. However, that is just the right amount of time for you to process what you are seeing on the screen. Which is row upon row of actors faces apparently rendered using deepfake technology while Air on the G String by Johann Sebastian Bach plays in the background.
TL;DR – An interesting experimental short film that unfortunately never graduates from allegory into something more.
Score – 3 out of 5 stars
Post-Credit Scene – There is no post-credit scene
Today we get to step back and look at something a little bit different with a
film that is less a narrative exercise and more an experimental experience.
This was a little bit of a new area for us so it was a nice change of pace and
an interesting twenty minutes.
The Flying Fish is a composition of a
number of short films by artist/filmmaker Murat Saygıner assembled into one
work of art. It is here where the strengths and weaknesses of the work come to
the surface. Because it is a collection of many different works, there is
always something new entering into the frame to switch things up. However,
because there are many different works being combined together there is not a
strong unifying force that makes it feel like this is one work.