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Toronto International Film Festival, BFI London International Film Festival, L’Etrange Film Festival , Singapore International Film Festival, Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival

Director's statement

Director's statement

In the beginning was the photograph. Caught in the light. Fixed as an image, forever. The belief in magic and the magic of cinema, both weave stories of flesh and blood; it transforms, but it is a curse at the same time. Both are from human imagination's early days. This is my story. This is our story. The tribal belief that the camera/photography steals your soul is the belief in magic clashing head-on with the magic of technology. One of the first western machines that tribal peoples in Borneo confronted in the early 20th century was the camera, when a Norwegian ethnographer first travelled upriver. Was this also the moment they lost their souls? Reimagined, reconstructed and reconstituted; made by western imagination in its own image. I decided to re-make the image and storied it into a noir fairy tale - a hybrid of my own making.

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[...] grotesque yet beautiful atmospherics.

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A nightmarish noir on dual planes of existence

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