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Moving Image Existentialism – ‘In Praise of Nothing’ from director Boris Mitić
In Serbian, the word for ‘existentialism’ is ‘egzistencijalizam’ (→ егзистенцијализам). You know, that whole ‘existence precedes essence‘ thing and the recognition that nature (and the sum of all its parts – ourselves included) is unbounded, unrelenting and all-consuming. We are mere ‘particles/waves in a cosmic flux‘ and all that. Enter Boris Mitić, the BIG-thinking, chess-playing, Playboy-perusing auteur hailing from Leskovac, Serbia concatenating crazy-cool visuals tinged with feeling. Boris interrogates the human condition and probes the meaning of ‘egzistencijalizam’ in a brilliant, bold and must-see doc.
Titled, ‘In Praise of Nothing‘, Boris showcases the cosmic rift where the physical, material and spiritual intersect; a kind of visual analog for indefiniteness and awe. The doc captures our celestial/social schema － man-made and natural ecosystems colliding and converging, functioning as psychic windows in the world through which we can see our inner selves and outward vastitude.
The cheeky protagonist of this engrossing film, named, ‘Nothing’, may not have an entirely promising moniker, but he is tired of being misunderstood. ‘Nothing’ takes us on a metaphysical journey across a series of awe-inspiring images of external vacuums and internal voids filmed all over the world by 62 sizzling cinematographers. Narrated by the solemn voice of scruff ball garage rocker Iggy Pop, ‘Nothing’ ponders all it sees, contemplating life, death, politics, human psychology, and the bizarro-beautiful meaning of everything.
Sometimes lingering, sometimes restless, the rhythm of Nothing’s narration has its visual counterpart in soul-searching questions. The world is a place to contend with chaos and wonderment, to confront nothingness, everything-ness, and understand one’s scale. Perhaps more relevant than ever in this current climate of existential angst and well-worn isolation, this doc is a feel-good poetic journey across the myriad micro mysteries of life that somehow combine to make a compelling macro whole. Wow and BIG UP to → Boris Mitić! Watch it here.
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