Rooftop Films Presents Summer Series Featuring THE SEARCH FOR EMAK BAKIA and LOVE HURTS: ROMANTIC SHORT FILMS, 6/13-6/14
THE SEARCH FOR EMAK BAKIA
(Oskar Alegria | 84 min.)
8:00PM Doors Open
8:30 PM Live Music by Alexander Turnquist
9:00PM Film Begins
10:45PM Q&A with director Oskar Alegria
11:30PM After Party sponsored by New Amsterdam Spirits
Venue: The Old American Can Factory (232 Third Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215. Subway: F or G to Carroll St. or R to Union)
NY Premiere. The direct translation of the Basque phrase "Emak Bakia" is "leave me alone," yet in The Search for Emak Bakia this simple phrase and what it represents taunts filmmaker Oskar Alegria. The saying is emblazoned on a house belonging to the celebrated artist Man Ray and is the subject of his 1926 experimental film by the same name. The "search" refers to all aspects of "Emak Bakia," as Alegria is more interested in the journey, not the destination. The film creates room for wonder, adventure, and invention as he splinters the title into a multitude of cinematic visions and peaceful explorations.
Following Man Ray's elliptical path of coastlines, columns, sculptures and sleeping eyelids the film inspects the art in the artifacts along the way, often stopping to daydream with others who have also been lured in by this enigmatic phrase. Inquisitive interviews ranging from Parisian clowns to aging Romanian Princesses, inspired cinematography, elegantly composed writing and an open heart create a shadow of Man Ray's film, an interpretation of The Past that informed the flickering images of the original Emak Bakia.
Alegria's vision may mirror Man Ray's, but it is his own unique voice that leaves the indelible mark. The slowed down flash of lightning against a vivid house façade becomes a frame of painterly feeling. Sounds recorded throughout the house whisper within the soundtrack. Horizontal planes force your eye across Unthinkable perspectives. Light, sound, time and space somehow act at The Will of this visionary director in this promising feature film debut.