Imagine a collaborative vampire flick directed by D’Amato, Hooper, Almodóvar, and Cattet & Forzani.
“Mankind was a tragic species, doomed perhaps from the very beginning.”
Following his work as assistant to Tarkovsky on Stalker, Lopushansky eventually went on to make his own Strugatsky backed sci-fi masterpiece. While similar to Tarkovsky’s Stalker aesthetically, Dead Man’s Letters is an entirely original film. A post-apocalyptic document of decay and uncertainty, one that will forever haunt me.
“And love created art, an art which reflects our unbearable yearning for perfection, our immense despair, our endless cry of terror...”
24 Frames is a celebration of the sublimity of existence. A perfect farewell. Ultimately, the eternalization of Kiarostami’s essence: an A.I. chip of his consciousness. If only every legendary filmmaker could compose one final document encapsulating the essence of their perception. We need an archive of transcendental swan songs that launch us into the mind’s eye of the aesthetic masterminds of film and literature.