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Missing Pictures

Abel Ferrara, Tsai Ming-liang, Catherine Hardwicke, Naomi Kawase, Lee Myung-Se in a VR experience by Clément Deneux

15 December 2022 — 4 January 2023

A computer generated illustration shows a tent lit from the inside at night, the moon shining overhead. In silhouette, an adult and a child can be seen, the child appears to be telling a story. (still from Missing Pictures (Tsai Ming-Liang's The Seven-Story Building))
still from Missing Pictures (Tsai Ming-Liang's The Seven-Story Building)

In this VR work by Clément Deneux, together with the five directors, we enter a scene from such a film that was never made, while they tell us about this dream project. Parallel to the VR experience, Eye screens the best films by these directors.

For every film completed, dozens of potential films fall by the wayside and never make it onto the big screen. In the VR experience Missing Pictures, Abel Ferrara, Tsai Ming-liang, Catherine Hardwicke, Naomi Kawase, and Lee Myung-Se give us a guided tour of a story they were not able to tell.

A computer-generated image features a figure standing in front of a sink, holding a pot of ramen noodles and chopsticks. (still from Missing Pictures (Naomi Kawase's Oh Debu))
still from Missing Pictures (Naomi Kawase's Oh Debu)
still from Missing Pictures (Tsai Ming-Liang's The Seven-Story Building)
still from Missing Pictures (Tsai Ming-Liang's The Seven-Story Building)

For the five-part VR series Missing Pictures, Abel Ferrara, Tsai Ming-liang, Catherine Hardwicke, Naomi Kawase, and Lee Myung-Se were asked about a film they had always wanted to make, but which they never completed. Now they tell us, in a virtual reality world, why this film meant so much to them. And why it was never finished.

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portrait Naomi Kawase (© Willem Sluyterman van Loo)
Naomi Kawase (© Willem Sluyterman van Loo)

Naomi Kawase and Clément Deneux on Missing Pictures

At the opening of the programme, director of the VR Clément Deneux and filmmaker Naomi Kawase were guests in Eye. We asked them about their experiences with the new medium.

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Parallel to Missing Pictures, Eye will screen films by these makers in the cinemas. Among the titles are Naomi Kawase's Still the Water (2014) and The Mourning Forest (2007); Catherine Hardwicke's Thirteen (2003); The Funeral (1996) and Bad Lieutenant (1992) by Abel Ferrara; Lee Myung-Se's Nowhere to Hide (1999) and Rebels of the Neon God (1992) by Tsai Ming-liang.

On 16 December, there will also be a special with VR director Clément Deneux and internationally renowned film director Naomi Kawase, who will tell more about the series, their collaboration and the difference in approach and effect between cinema and virtual reality.

still from Still the Water (Naomi Kawase, JP 2014)
still from Still the Water (Naomi Kawase, JP 2014)

“The relationship between cinema and the new forms being adopted by moving images and sound is one of Eye’s key areas of focus.”

Anna Abrahams, programmer Eye

A computer-generated image of a mother figure holds the hand of a small child, walking away from the viewer in a snowy landscape. (still from Missing Pictures (Lee Myung-Se's Father Is Gone))
still from Missing Pictures (Lee Myung-Se's Father Is Gone)
A computer-generated image of a man standing on a rooftop looking out on a cityscape with dark clouds of smoking obscuring skyscrapers. (still from Missing Pictures (Abel Ferrara's Birds of Prey))
still from Missing Pictures (Abel Ferrara's Birds of Prey)
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Films, talks & VR

In a computer-generated image, four figures stand in the forefront of a sandy mountainscape with engineerworks scattered about, in the background three industrial chimneys blow dark smoke into the air. (still from Missing Pictures (Catherine Hardwicke's The Monkey Wrench Gang))
still from Missing Pictures (Catherine Hardwicke's The Monkey Wrench Gang)

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