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Lukas nino (Lukas The Strange)
A young girl narrates the story of a missing actress, a missing local man and all the ensuing excitement and disruption that occur when a film crew comes to town to shoot a movie. All the inhabitants, young and old, hope to get a part in the production and spend their days rehearsing, auditioning and talking about the movie. In the midst of it all, 13-year-old Lukas is confronted by the disappearance of his father, who is rumoured to be a tikbalang – half man, half horse. Wandering through the village, Lukas wonders what his father’s condition means for him and what special powers he might have inherited. Will he be able to run faster, jump higher? Can it be that flexing his muscles will cause the light of day suddenly to dim?
Torres drops the viewer into the action after the story has already commenced, and the resulting dreamlike disorientation is augmented by the beauty of his images. Shot with 35mm film and featuring analogue as well as digital video imagery, Lukas nino is also a love letter to the compelling power of moving images. Torres has an eye for detail and the film is exceptionally beautiful to watch. From chiaroscuro interiors to sun-bleached roadways to erotic black-and-white analogue video, the texture of the work tells its own story. Torres knows and shows us how movies and all that surrounds them can engage, amuse and entertain or sometimes seduce and change a life forever.
(2012, 7 min, 16mm, USA)
(2013, 82 min, Video, Philippines)