segunda-feira, dezembro 29, 2003
nestes dias de catástrofe, devastação e sofrimento, mas também de esperança, para o povo iraniano, persa, recordamos Kiarostami: Where is the Friend`s Home, And Life Goes On e Through the Olive Trees
"The lust for life that I saw gradually changed my perspective, and the death and destruction became less and less significant."
“In June 1990, an earthquake of catastrophic proportions jolted northern Iran, killing tens of thousands of people and causing unbelievable damage. Immediately, I decided to make my way to the vicinity of Koker, a village where four yours earlier I shot Where is the Friend's Home? My concern was to find out the fate of the two young actors who played in the film but I failed to locate them. However, there was so much else to see....
I was observing the efforts of people trying to rebuild their lives in spite of their material and emotional sufferings. The enthusiasm for life that I was witnessing gradually changed my perspective. The tragedy of death and destruction became less and less significant.
Towards the end of my trip, I became less and less obsessed by the two boys.
What was certain what this: more than 50,000 people had died, some of whom could have been boys of the same age as the two who had acted in my film (the tow boys at the end of this film may be taken as substitutes for the original pair.) Therefore, I needed a stronger motivation to go on with the trip.
Finally, I felt that perhaps it was more important to help the survivors who bore no recognizable faces, but were making every effort to start a new life for themselves under very difficult conditions and in the midst of an environment of natural beauty that was going on with its old ways as if nothing had happened. Such is life, it seemed to tell them, go on, seize the day...”
AND LIFE GOES ON (aka LIFE AND NOTHING MORE)
posted by Luís Miguel Dias segunda-feira, dezembro 29, 2003