Sunday, 24 March 2013

Very NSFW - Goner by Aida Ruilova

Below is Goner directed by Aida Ruilova and featuring the Sinoia Caves track Evil Ball.

At first glance the film might appear to be vacant torture-porn relying on a plot twist as a saving grace. However, Ruilova is a classically trained musician turned video director who has some serious credentials under her belt. I think the director, who is female, is showing us a more personal journey into a woman's Lynchian nightmare world which challenges our notions of violence against women and self harm. A really important feature for me is the set decoration. The room in which the story unfolds is carefully constructed to instill a sense of unease. For example there are apparently no windows and the bed is strangely Lolita-like.

The lo-fi psychedelic graphics which appear early on are part of a growing trend of aesthetics. Folk like Lief Podhajsky, Neil Krug and Mike Bruce are eschewing the current (and frankly increasingly tired) trend for mid-80s retro-clones and instead mining a late 70s solarised look.

I can't find much about the project, other than it is dated 2010 and was part of an exhibition in a NY gallery (possibly Halloween-themed). Weirdly, the actress in the film is the model Sonja Kinski, daughter to Nastassja Kinski who I blogged about recently.

1 comment:

  1. Brilliant music in that piece , again very seventies early eighties cronenberg , Romero , carpenter aesthetic going on .

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