Fiona Tan’s Ascent is the LFF’s Experimenta Special Presentation.
So, since it’s not a normal narrative film, I thought I wouldn’t post a normal review
Dissolving clouds and studio sounds.
Fuji emerges and is submerged.
The wind is breathing.
Eyes drift through focus-points.
Stereoscopic exploration: looking/pointing.
A void, avoid.
Bowls to be filled.
Myths to be filled.
Smoke/clouds. Looking/living. Order/disorder. Notebooks:
a future to be filled.
Distant beauty – close banality.
The calm of a resting volcano.
Black ash: white ice –
The point of irruption.
Everyday life in front on an icon.
Translate/struggle for words.
The wave is not the point.
Valued or degraded?
Pictures of a Floating World.
Falling: the essence of blossom – peaks the moment before it falls.
Losing religion – falling:
Blind faith – looking.
Monochrome photographs, gently coloured.
“I saw this: I was here.” Banalification.
Exposure-streaked stars. Fuji and bullet train. Momentification.
Riefenstahl. Bergfilme. Woman and mountain.
Post-war democracy; censoring Fuji.
Godzilla. King Kong.
Film and fire, photographs; ice.
The moment before dawn,
Photographed but unseen.
Everest and its tragedies.
The mountain’s shadow.
The mountain and its reflections.
Ascent to banality?
The image is not the world.
Waking and dreaming.
Tickets. Sat 08/10 (NFT1); Mon 10/10 (Curzon Soho).