Perfumed Nightmare, (1978/Philippines/91 min.) Dir. Kidlat Tahimik
Winner of the International Critics Award at the Berlin Film Festival and a Blue Ribbon at the American Film Festival. There is nothing evern remotely nightmarish about Perfumed Nightmare. It’s an enchanting and poignant experience, a totally original seriocomic creation with an infectious and exuberant energy. The film is a semi-autobiographical fable by a young Filipino about his awakening to, and reaction against, American Cultural Colonialism. Born in 1942 during the Occupation, Kidlat spent “the next 33 typhoon seasons in a cocoon of American dreams”. This, then, is his perfumed nightmare: the lotusland of American technological promise. In his primitive village, he worships the heroism of the Machine, the sleek beauty of rockets, the efficiency of industrialism. He’s the president of his village’s Werner Von Braun fan club. He longs to visit Cape Canaveral, to experience those shimmering images he knows from movies, from soldiers, from the Voice of America.
“One of the most original and poetic works of cinema made anywhere” - Werner Herzog
Presented in conjunction with the List Center’s exhibition Orthostatic Tolerance: It Might Not Be Such a Bad Idea if I Never Went Home. The program was organized by List Center adjunct film curator John Gianvito.
This screening is FREE and open to the public.
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