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Crush – by Katherine Bernard

The short by the American filmmaker cuts satire to reveal a tragicomic criticism of the art world

10 – 15 | 2016 | Art | Dark Comedy | Experimental | USA

Crush, the short film by Katherine Bernard, takes place on two temporal levels: the “before” and the “after,” that interweave rhythmically, giving this brief history a disenchanted thriller atmosphere.

Crush has been defined as a satire on the world of art galleries, often ruthless and capable of taking itself too seriously. Of course, art is a difficult world in which moving. Putting aside the recognition of status “art” (who sets it, etc.), watching this short film you can wonder if the free expression really exists. But going to the actual joint, Crush can actually move away from satire.

The real protagonist is hysteria in its various forms: from the one of artist – such a cliché -, whose work is not regularly installed; to Steven (Alex Karpovsky), the despotic director of the gallery; to eventually Cale (Cecilia Corrigan), the new assistant, so disillusioned and neurotic that she has become almost evanescent and insensitive to the events. Perhaps too naive to work behind the scenes of the tough artistic universe. For every new freethinker artist, there is someone in the shadows that must be able to keep him in a state of grace. There is the trick, but not seen.

The camera’s irregular movements, with disordered focus, are able to make tangible this neurosis: this everlasting run just for appearance, really exhausting. This is of course only one aspect of this society, brought to exasperation. Someone could be crushed. Exactly.

Marta Zannoner

Marta Zannoner

Aspirante scrittrice, osservo la realtà spesso distrattamente. Per questo ricorro ai film, per prestare attenzione.

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