by Wolfgang LEHMANN
2005 / 16mm / b&w / sound / 1S / 5' 15
Brief moments in the old center of Cape Town.
Thoroughfares, People, pedestrians, brief flashes. Everything in motion; The people, the cars, the camera.
Those who know the town and surrounding area will recognise the topography. All shots were taken out on the streets leading into the town but still, it is not a documentary; time is altered, camera takes are not linear. These are fragments of time. The film montage and
the music allows the beginning to fall at the end and vice versa. Time
frozen, parallel time.
Motionlessness and movement combined. The rhythmn begins slowly, gathers
speed, interrupted by panoramic shots. Concrete sounds become music,a
sound becomes a Soundscape. A Sound Poem about a place surrounded in
melancholie. Fleeting moments of people who we don´t meet and won´t get
to know. It is the brief moment of encounter.What do we know of our fellow
man? what does it mean exactly to know someone?, a place, a landscape, a
feeling,an experience?. Memories.
In the end everything is just a fleeting moment.
ROUTE TO CAPE TOWN is a short poem in black and white, in tones and
shades, something secretive, something dark and sad lies within. It is
filmed from inside a moving vehicle but in the very movement itself lies the
stationary, the brief moment, the life of a fragment. The scenes are out
of focus, dirty, sometimes mirrored in the windscreen. Our memories are not
linear. A mosaic of sounds, pictures, impressions.
What is hiding behind the faces of the people who glance in our direction as we pass by?.
|distribution format||Betacam SP|
|screen||4/3 (single screen)|
|rental fee||24,00 €|