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FOREVER
Paris. November. Louisa pops a couple of painkillers as she makes it out of bed to kitchen... The party rages around her but things are not what they appear to be...
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CREDITS

Director: Anabela Zigova
Producer: William E. Kirksey
Editors: Veronique Doumbe, Yonatan Galili
Assistant Director: Dooseung Lee
Music: Josef Vlk, Dan Sartain, Hocuz-Pocuz
Principle Cast:
Marc Boubli, Orelly Gasbayet,
Oscar Esteban Cuartas, Jean Peyerade, Sinae Kim

 

Premiered at TRIBECA FILM FESTIVAL 2004,
showed also at Artfilm Trencianske Teplice 2005, Anthology Film Archives, New York, ENSBA, Paris.
Winner - Best Editing Prize at CHWFF Festival, New York 2004.

Special Thanks: Ben Barenholtz




SYNOPSIS
Paris. November. Louisa pops a couple of painkillers as she makes it out of bed to kitchen... The party rages around her but things are not what they appear to be... Players of "Forever", face a similar fate as dropped frames of a video sequence.
    "We could have done it differently", but we didn't and so we go on: ...ALEXI: "I see those fuckers came. Are they still trying to get into your pants?" ...LOUISA: "Bitches too, specially for you." ...ALEXI: "Don't talk like this about your friends..." As he leaves he puts a kitchen cloth on Louisas's head. He comes to the bathroom... CUT TO INT. BATHROOM:
 
...Alexi comes in. He makes out with Jeni while Jerome snorts coke in the background...Jeni's cell phone rings. She picks up. ...JENI: "Hey, baby... I am with my girlfriends..." ...She rushes out of the bathroom. Alexi pisses to the basin. He looks into the mirror. Jerome gets to Alexi from the back. He caresses his hair, gently ...ALEXI: "I like that." ...Alexi smiles. They look at each other and fall into a very gentle hug...CUT TO INT. KITCHEN: SARA:"So, did you see her project?" ...LOUISA: "Yeah" (laughing) ...SARA: "What do you think?" ...LOUISA: "Nothing." ...SARA: "I think it sucks." CUT TO ...TONI: (as he grabs Louisa's arm) "I want to stop all of this."... (excerpt from a screenplay by Anabela Zigova)



STATEMENT
Forever is the image of the urban milieu shot in Paris with its specific codes, and it is operating as a "home video."
The horror of Forever-video lies in its banality and lack of a deeper understanding. As Louisa says: "Look what culture have done to us." Is Louisa the one who embodies and originates the self-destruction or is she, like her friends, a victim of larger-scale dysfunctionality, a culture in general? If so, can creativity come out of destructive values?
 
There are some elements used in Forever supporting this utopian contention: By using French as a foreign language, this cliche of culture degenerates into ghetto of accents that take over the original language and translate further into the casting which is free of prefabricated racial stereotypes and encourages fully developed characters. Destructiveness and emotional chaos operate at a grotesque and almost comical level, ideally transforming the drama into laughter. Those elements together with calculated usage of a low-grade video, suggest that Forever is a simulated image, overcoming its own pathetic pattern and accesses a deeper emotional level.