12 Days to Go: ASFF 2013 Filmmaker Peter Sant

The countdown continues to 31 May in the call for entries for ASFF 2014 with a film a day chosen from last year’s programme. The experimental category was comprised of six screenings throughout the four-day film festival, and these were shown in a variety of venues including the medieval halls of St William’s College and the contemporary art spaces of According to McGee.

From new approaches to moving image making to experimenting with content and playing with form, the experimental category offer audiences a unique opportunity to experience the creativity and innovation of short filmmaking today.

Peter Sant’s experimental short film I Yam What I Yam… L’invenzione (2013) is centred around the collision of two films originally shot on the same location – Emiio Greco’s L’invenzione di Morel (1974) and Robert Altman’s Popeye (1980).

In Emidio Greco’s 1974 film L’Invenzione di Morel (a cinematic adaption of Adolfo Bioy Casares’ novel La Invencion de Morel), the traveller wanders the coast until he stumbles upon an austere but luxurious ultra-modernist mansion. In it he finds a group of people trapped in a perpetual present by the invention of the mysterious Morel: a temporal projector that forces them to repeatedly relive the same hedonistic week.

Peter Sant’s reinvention of this film is shot on the same location (the north-west coast of Malta), follows the same story-line to some degree, but it occupies another world. In place of the mansion, Sant’s traveller finds himself in the cartoonish rendering of Sweethaven: a set built for Robert Altman’s 1980 Disney film Popeye. Sant’s protagonist is isolated in different times, different films and different places, all of which are in one place.

Watch the trailer for Peter Sant’s I Yam What I Yam… L’invenzione here.
To see more of Peter Sant’s works visit www.petersant.com.

ASFF 2014 is now open for entries. For more information and to submit visit www.asff.co.uk.

1. Peter Sant, I Yam What I Yam… L’invenzione (2013).

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