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DMZ국제다큐멘터리영화제

 
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5th DMZ Docs(2013)

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The Last Judgement

Herz FRANK

  • Latvia
  • 1987
  • 70min
  • Beta
  • black and white

Synopsis

If The Restricted Area sketches the daily lives of imprisoned boys, the director now aims his camera at the prisoner who is sentenced to death. Through many questions, the director makes Valery DOLGOV trace the root of the crime. And he asks the audience. Is it reasonable that people decide on other people’s guilt? Is it fair that people give punishments? The film is divided into three parts broadly. The interviews of DOLGOV before being sentenced to death, his condition when he is given the death penalty, and his interviews after 20 months since then. Before the death penalty was given to him, Valery was a young man who looked back on his deprived childhood caused by family discord, and dreamed of the city life. He calmly tells that he was exposed to money that leads to power at the army and school, which eventually lead him into the black market to earn easy money, then naturally ended up committing murder. However, he couldn’t hide his anxiety because it was the day before the final ruling. Right after the final judgment, Valery talks to his father with disappointment, then puts on the prisoner’s uniform, gets a haircut, is handcuffed and heads for his cell with a blank look on his face. Twenty months after Valery had been imprisoned, he suffers from a variety of nightmares every night, sheds tears of guilt when he listens to his mother’ s interview that the director brought. The film leads the audience to concentrate on the story through the close-up shots of Valery, who is faithfully taking part in the interviews. However, the film sometimes stimulates the audiences. Although, it doesn’t reveal the filming site in earnest like Contempt by Jean-Luc GODARD, the frequent appearances of the film crew throughout the film have the audience to snap out and think more. Moreover, it rhymes the beginning and the end of the film by showing photos of 8 month old Valery and his parents. The director, who has been a privileged journalist and photographer before working as a filmmaker, takes full advantage of the power that photography has. The photos show multi-layered usability as means of helping the interviewee’s remembrance, connecting and arranging stories, amplifying the feelings as well as providing simple information. We need to note that this film not only has the dignity of its message, but also elicits the thought from the audience through the complete plan of the director. (Jinna LEE)

Review

Director

  • Herz FRANK

    1926년 라트비아 출생, 2013년 3월 2일 이스라엘 예루살렘에서 사망. 1947년 모스코바 대학에서 법학을 전공하고, 언론인, 사진작가 등으로 활동하다가, 1959년부터 리가 영화사에서 편 집자, 각본가, 그리고 연출가로 활동하며 20여 편이 넘는 다큐멘터리 영화를 연출했다. 1960년대 리가 영화학교의 시적 다큐멘터리 영화 제작을 이끌었던 주요 감독 중 한 명으로, 기존 다 큐멘터리의 형식을 뛰어넘어 인간의 운명, 삶의 비극성에 관한 주제를 담은 작품을 만들었다. 그의 영화는160여 편이 넘는 논문과 책, 잡지, 신문기사 등에 소개되었고 <마지막 판결>, <원 스 데어 워 세븐 시몬즈>로 니옹영화제, 산세바스찬영화제 등에서 수상하기도 했다. 십분 간의 러닝타임 동안 아이들의 표정을 통해 인간의 다양한 감정을 묘사해 낸 <텐 미닛 올더>와 자 전적 다큐멘터리 <플래시백>이 대표작으로 알려져 있다. 저서로는 자신의 다큐멘터리 영화이론을 서술한 『프톨레마이오스의 지도』가 있다 

Credit

  • Cinematography Andris SELECKIS
  • Sound Alfred WISHNEVSKY

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