In the Basement [Im Keller] (2014) 81 minutes
directed by Ulrich Seidl
Screen on Saturday, June 22, 2019
presented by Felipe Mafasoli
doors at 7:00pm, film at 7:30pm
June’s Screen will take place at Fresh Oysters Performance Research in Minneapolis.
Im Keller directed by Ulrich Seidl reminds me of the painting Dante’s Hell by Hieronymus Bosch. The emptiness in the lives of these characters, judged by what they do in their basements, reveals truths about actual human moral/ethical conditions. The extreme need for fictional elements no matter the means is portrayed as a symptom of a disease: one called mankind, maybe? These characters dare to live their true desires only in the isolation of their basements. The similarities with what I experience when viewing this film or Bosch’s painting is unavoidable. It’s what I call pure contemporary cinema, which is becoming extinct. Showing this and other films alike is vital. Films should reflect society, in my opinion, and this is a very slick way to talk about the remaining tables of our societies. I identify a lot with the formal informality of Seidl’s style. It’s mostly unclear how far fiction or non fiction are diluted and or explored.