Get Out Of The Car
“Get Out of the Car could be characterized as a nostalgic film. It is a celebration of artisanal culture and termite art. But I would claim it’s not a useless and reactionary feeling of nostalgia, but rather a militant nostalgia. Change the past, it needs it. Remember the words of Walter Benjamin I quote in the film: even the dead will not be safe. Restore what can be restored, like the Watts Towers. Rebuild what must be rebuilt. (…) It’s also a sad film, some people say. Then it is a just film, because the world we live in is sad, but, as Jonathan Tel has written, ‘Great cities are tough; their ugliness is inseparable from their sexiness.’ Los Angeles is certainly tough and certainly ugly when seen in medium shot or long shot. But Roman Polanski once suggested it has another kind of beauty: ‘Los Angeles is the most beautiful city in the world – provided it’s seen by night and from a distance.’ Get Out of the Car proposes a third view: that Los Angeles is most beautiful when seen in a close-up and that its sexiness is not to be found where most tourists look.” (TA)
Llora Cuando Te Pase (Cry When it Happens)
Los Angeles City Hall is reflected onto the window of the Paradise Motel. It serves as an anchor for this traversal through the natural expanse of California. Here, we discover a restrained psychodrama of play, loss, and the transformation of everyday habitats. Music appears across the interiors and exteriors and speaks of limitlessness and longing.
Piensa en Mi
Moving from east to west and back, the windows of a bus frame fleeting sections of urban landscape. Throughout the day, images of riders, textures of light and fragments of bodies in space come together to weave a portrait in motion; a contemplative meditation on public transport in the city of Los Angeles. Isolation, routine and everyday splendor, create the backdrop of this journey, while the intermittent sounds of cars construct the soundscape.