ENTER THE VOID
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A GASPAR NOE FILM
On this episode, I talk to one of the most adventurous filmmakers currently penetrating the world of cinema, the already legendary Gaspar Noé, director of such unforgettable, cine-traumatic experiences as I Stand Alone (1998) and Irreversible (2002).
Along with the show's unofficial mascot (Malcolm McDowell as Alex DeLarge in A Clockwork Orange), no other figure haunts the aesthetic dimensions of Cinephobia Radio more than Gaspar Noé; or specifically, more than his unsettling masterwork Irreversible. Many of the music cues used to illustrate the show's opening themes have been greedily plundered from Thomas Bangalter's fantastic score for the film.
I tracked down Mr. Noé at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival shortly after the North American premiere of his latest feature, the controversial 161 minute out of body celluloid acid trip Enter The Void. It stars Nathaniel Brown as Oscar, an orphaned American teenage drug dealer living in Tokyo with his sister whom he has some sort of weird sexual connection with, a slinky stripper by the name of Linda played by Paz de la Huerta in an incredibly raw and intense performance. Early on in the proceedings, Oscar is killed in a drug deal gone wrong and spends the rest of the film as a disembodied spirit floating randomly through both scenes from his past and the events that follow in the wake of his death before being reincarnated back into the material world.
The film boasts one of the grooviest credit sequences ever devised and stylistically, it's an evolution of Noé's desire to liberate the camera from its earthly bounds. With Irreversible, he utilized digital technology to seamlessly blend handheld 16 mm with 35 mm footage shot with the aid of a technocrane to create a uniquely unhinged visual perspective. In Enter The Void, his camera is effectively disengaged from all known space and time constraints, observing the events as if filming them from another dimension.
It's a 16 million dollar experimental film that from a purely visual perspective, is Noé's most ambitious effort to date.
So slooshy well my incestuous brothers and sisters.
p.s. Enter The Void is available on home video courtesy of IFC films. For more information, got to the website at www.ifcfilms.com.