‘The Young & the Beautiful’ is an ongoing series in which young filmmakers relate to the experimental canon.
Marie Menken (1910-1970) is the silent heroine of the American avant-garde, at the same time a mentor and muse for experimental filmmakers such as Kenneth Anger, Stan Brakhage and Jonas Mekas. Besides paintings and collages, Menken created countless experimental short films with her 16mm Bolex camera. With her rhythmic visual poems, she is also an important source of inspiration for the young filmmaker Eva Beazar: “It’s like looking at a moving painting. Marie Menken approaches subjects emotionally and spontaneously, with a poetic look. She has her own way of thinking, looking and creating. Her films are indescribably beautiful: the color spectrum, the tactility, the changing rhythm. I love that!”
Eva Beazar: “I am inspired by dreams, fantasy, small movements, chaos, the experience, the unconscious. In On a hot Summer Day In November I try to represent the tension between the possible and the impossible, between a dream world and what I have discovered in the world. In Shall We Dance On The Moon it is more about experiencing time and memory. The film shows a fictional world from a child’s point of view, with bizarre figures and strange sets. Time is ticking slowly, sometimes it seems to stand still, and is then in fast-forward again.”