In Intimate Distances, legendary casting director Martha Wollner traverses the streets of Queens, New York City in search of an actor to play a criminal in a film. As she asks potential candidates the same set of deceptively simple questions, a straightforward setup sparks a series of fascinating and compassionate encounters between strangers. Reminiscent of surveillance imagery, cinematographer Jarred Alterman’s long-lens photography creates a sense of distance, whilst the close-miked audio conversely feels too close for comfort. Through its subtle tensions and dichotomies, Philip Warnell’s incisive film examines how we live in public—raising complex questions about how we relate to social, urban and cinematic spaces.
Screens with: A Crowd | Yeonu Ju | 2020 | South Korea | 14’ WARNING: This video may potentially trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. Viewer discretion is advised.
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