Let’s begin positively.
The 10 reasons to watch our feature film, Woodwind (in no particular order):
- The beautiful cinematography by Nicolas Joray, contrasting the eastern and western worlds.
- A unique soundtrack with glorious classical music from both Western and Eastern philosophy, and an ingenious art music composition.
- Leandro Taub’s tremendous performance and journey as Bonifaz, absorbing every scene from beginning to end.
- The stunning locations in one of the oldest living cities, Varanasi to the highest mountains in the world, the Himalayas.
- An immersive audio and visual experience with the most powerful sensory force: pure nature.
- A deep, mature perspective that’s taken a decade to research and develop into story form.
- Allows the audience to interpret extraordinary events as per their own world view, due to the multiple interpretations and ways to connect the plot points.
- For the thinking audience member. Woodwind doesn’t provide you with instant answers, creating a stimulating, challenging experience that aims to heighten our perception.
- An art film about the nature of art.
- You’ve never seen a film like it.
On that last point, we speak to director Fin Manjoo on creating this original experience:
“I didn’t start this project thinking, ‘Let’s try to make something original.’ If you think that way, the result is a piece that WANTS to be original just for the sake of being original. Then you have other filmmakers who confuse the objective of originality with being provocative, shocking audiences or trying to be complicated, only to be self indulgent. All of this is confused with originality. I’ve seen tremendous works of cinematic art from around the world from the beginning of the form to today. But, it took me many years to develop my own signature leading to this debut film, slowly shedding the skin of influence and eventually what I have left is just myself. My approach is simple. I simply express myself and allow other artists in the film (such as our key sound team of Marcel Duvenage and Stefan Fraunberger) to do the same… not to reference other techniques but to find a way from within ourselves. It was only when I watched the film after the very first edit, I thought to myself, ‘Hmmm, I haven’t seen anything like this.’
“So, Woodwind doesn’t try to be different. It just is. I know there are many out there that need things to fit into their boxes. I think it’s interesting that Woodwind cannot be what you expect, because everything in this film is unexpected from before you even switched it on, to even during the movie. You will expect the story to go in a certain direction because of the hundreds of other films you’ve seen in your life, or you will expect it to conform to a set genre, but there are no cinematic cliches or tired expressions in Woodwind. This is the only way I can breathe with my art. So, clear your mind and take a deep breath,” said Manjoo.
10 reasons not to watch Woodwind:
- Woodwind has relationships, music and beautiful scenery from India but it’s not a Bollywood film.
- There’s no forced entertainment. This is a serious film but lighter moments and audience engagement fits organically into the story.
- This is not a love story or romance.
- The journey of our composer Bonifaz is not about becoming a great musician to perform at Carnegie Hall at the end. There are higher objectives for Bonifaz.
- There’s no superheroes and supernature. Pure nature is already super, magical and extraordinary in itself.
- There’s three languages (Spanish, German and English) and no universal accent. To be real there’s strong authentic accents from Argentina, USA, Europe and India – all in English subtitles.
- The pacing is intentionally slow, with a deep perspective experience, highlighting the magic in the details that we often take for granted all around us.
- There’s very little dialogue because we build mood and true atmosphere. The film is mostly made up of poetic connections, and internal reflection on experiences.
- No fast cars. Just tuktuks.
- Not a Hollywood film.
Screening date: Monday, 16 October, 8pm in Cape Town
Event Page: http://bit.ly/2yGaZs4
You can book them online at Ster Kinekor, click on Cinema Nouveau at the V & A Waterfront cinema in Cape Town before they get sold out.
This Gala Event for the feature film is in competition at the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival where Woodwind is in the running for the Grand Prix Best Film and other awards.
Tickets cost just R50 per person, includes Q & A with director Fin Manjoo after the movie. Watch this unique film months before anyone else in South Africa!