How To Disappear Completely (SD Asian Film Festival) (Philippines) (2013)


Official Selection, 2013 Locarno International Film Festival


The West Coast Premiere of:

'How To Disappear Completely' (2013) (Trailer below)

From the SD Asian Film Festival site:

"In Raya Martin’s thuggish fable of disengagement, a teenage girl grows distant from her parents before possibly vanishing altogether. But this is no angst drama. It’s defiance against a kind of ordered existence, treating death like a game, living life in a soft-focus daze, ready to evaporate if pushed far enough. The girl and all the other faceless kids wander numbly in slow motion through the brush, through the parental jabber, only the electronic drone keeping them from losing their bearings."

"Watching 'How To Disappear Completely' is a bit like that too. With the year’s most hard-hitting soundtrack by Eyedress, the film hypnotizes us with its soft surfaces and its revolutions of crunching and whirring and booty bass drum machine asphyxia. Raya Martin (The Great Cinema Party, SDAFF ’12) produces the cinematic equivalent of taking Vicodin, starting an 80s horror film from the middle, and then melting the VHS tape over a fire. There’s a lethargic sensual beauty too, from a shot of hands caressing blood-sausage intestines to a girl fingering herself in bed."

"At some point we awaken from the hypnosis and the sky is falling, a violent apocalyptic fantasy raging against fucked-up dads and fucked-up colonial legacies. We gasp for air but Martin is too good at his craft, too locked into the ravenous grotesquerie, too much in love with the fact that movies can be like this, that we can’t help but hold his hand and wander off into the unknown." –Brian Hu


Raya Martin / Philippines / 2013 / experimental, thriller / 79 mins / Tagalog with English subtitles / West Coast Premiere


Event Host: Robb

Special Note: Tickets may sell out...so you'll want to order them online ahead of time at the following link: Click Here For Tickets

When and Where: We'll meet up in the lobby of the Digital Gym Cinema at 8:30pm and head into the theater at 8:35pm.  The movie starts at 8:50pm.  If you don't get there until after 8:35pm...no problem...you can either find us in the theater or look for us in the lobby after the film.

After the Film: Before the film...those that were at the showing of 'The Great North Korean Picture Show" (Separate Tickets Are Required) will be at Rudford's across the street chatting and having a bite to eat before this film starts.  At 8:30pm, we'll walk back over to the Digital Gym for this 8:50pm showing.  We may also go out somewhere after this film to chat and have a drink.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8XHXk732so


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  • Phil C

    I liked the style of the movie, but I think the weaving of the narrative and the juxtaposed images could be done better.

    1 · November 13, 2013

  • Robb

    Since there are two films back-to-back Tuesday, with a bit of time between them, I'll post the agenda for the entire evening:

    'The Great North Korean Picture Show'

    - We'll meet up in the lobby of the Digital Gym Cinema at 5:20pm

    - We'll head into the theater at 5:30pm.

    - The movie starts at 5:45pm.

    ~Between Shows~

    We'll swing by Rudford's across the street to chat and have a bite to eat until 8:30pm. At that time...those that are attending the next film ('How To Disappear Completely') will walk back over to the Digital Gym

    'How To Disappear Completely'

    - We'll meet up in the lobby of the Digital Gym Cinema at 8:30pm

    - We'll head into the theater at 8:35pm.

    - The movie starts at 8:50pm.

    See everyone tomorrow night!

    ~ Robb

    November 11, 2013

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