CITY Teaser (2012)
“CITY” directed by Vasilios Papaioannu (USA/HD/2012), Experimental, 3 min
*Official Selection London Greek Film Festival 2012
*Official Selection Miden Video Art Festival 2013:
"CITY" constitutes a cinematic interpretation of Constantine Cavafy’s poem ‘The City’ (1910). Through the reiteration of a vicious circle that our existence has become, the modern man is locked up inside the city. Everyday is equal to the previous one and the more we are catapulted into this pitiful life the more we start blending the sounds of it into a single abrasive mechanical noise. Our sight becomes poor and blurry and each time a new day comes the same attributes will appear, more accentuated, more intensive with the striking force of a geometric progression. As Cavafy states in the conclusion of his poem:
You will always end up in this city. Don’t hope for things elsewhere:
there is no ship for you, there is no road.
As you’ve wasted your life here, in this small corner,
you’ve destroyed it everywhere else in the world.
The impossibility to escape from this urban vicious circle demonstrates our inability to face reality at an early age. It is the recognition of a failure later on in our lives and a human misconception of a hope that became idle through time. The slow pace of a point of view throughout the streets of the city, the black and white scenario and the flickering of an image that is close to shut off while approaching to a necessary stop, are visual pieces of this hope.