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MELANCHOLIA SAYS: "FOLLOW ME."
"Woman follows an anonymous individual into the depth of Brooklyn..."
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CREDITS

Produced by: William E. Kirksey and Ben Barenholtz
Original music score by: Bryan Steele
Director of Photography: Mauricio Vasquez
Editor: Peter Fackler
Assistant Director: Naomi Bombardi-Wilson
Written, Directed and Performed by: Anabela Zigova
Supported by: F-CCA Bratislava, Slovakia and Exit Art gallery NYC

 

Opened at a group show "Terrorvision" at Exit Art gallery, NYC, 2004.
Showed also at Lausanne Underground Film and Music Festival 2005, Azyl Film Festival, International Film Festival, Gallery Open, Bratislava, Slovakia, 16Beaver Group, New York, Art for Change, El Barrio New York, The 1st Nagano International Video Art Festival 2006, Japan. Philadelphia Film Festival 2007 (SILVER AWARD IN SHORT FILM SUBJECT.)




STATEMENT
Melancholia says: Follow Me." is a 05:00 min. 16mm Black & White film transfered to video. In the film there is a woman being followed by an anonymous looking individual. We first see the woman, moving fast, close ups of her anxious face, then the stalker that we can't identify for the face is covered by hood and scarf... All of the body is camouflaged by heavy and dirty clothes. That visually recalls inner city garb... As the film continues it gets confusing: soon, though, we understand that the stalker and followed woman are the same person.
"Melancholia says: Follow Me." is observing the city and the anxiety in psychological terms and a purely introspective way: the originater of the terror is hiding in the persona of the victim...
 
The "dissolve" of identity between the followed woman and the stalker may point out the common female angst of being followed and murdered by an unknown anonymous individual... At the same time it unveils a deeper fear: it turns back to us. It points out that the unknown and feared is inside of us... In short, "Melancholia says: Follow Me." finds touch-points in everyday life. "Melancholia says: Follow Me." visually relates femininity and the inner city violence. "Melancholia says: Follow Me." is a state of mind, it affects the viewer emotionally and viscerally rather than rationally.