Carlos Reygadas / MX, DE, 2002 / 143 min.
Exceptional portrait of a 40-year-old living in Mexico City who decamps to a rural area to commit suicide. He finds lodgings with a deeply religious woman. She offers herself to him sexually to prevent him ending his life. Film selected by Janis Rafa.
"The choreography of the camera forms a poetic sum-up of the film, that does not necessarily have to do with the story itself. The tracking shot is like an epilogue, a farewell to its characters. The whole setup becomes like a sculptural installation. Japón is one of the films that made me interested in the way you can tell a story through the choreography of the camera."
This is part of
Eye Filmmuseum presents a solo exhibition by artist and filmmaker Janis Rafa. Spoken language rarely features in her evocative films and video installations; she focuses instead on the silent presence of non-humans, allowing them to become the leading force within her poetic compositions. Her narratives emphasise animalistic instincts, untamed behaviours and inabilities to coexist, alongside human fears, expectations and failure.