Director: Benedek Fliegauf
Starring: Barbara Balogh, Sandor Balogh, Peter Balazs, Banny Barnes
Duration: 75 min.
An avant-garde, psychedelic, poetic minimalism, meditative, cartoon-esque sketch of the modern world.
Milky Way is the third feature length film from Hungarian director Benedek Fliegauf. It premiered at the 2007 Locarno Film Festival winning the Golden Leopard in the Filmmakers of the Present Competition. It's a highly experimental work billed as an ambient film, featuring ten unconnected scenes filmed with a distant and motionless camera.Taking place over the course of a single day from dawn to dusk, each of these beautifully composed self contained wordless vignettes tell a story with action both inside and at times outside of the frame. Just as in Fliegauf's other films Dealer and Forest, the great visual style on display is only half of the experience. Here again the sound design is crafted meticulously, and brilliantly enhance and set the tone for each scene with every chirping bird, splash of water, and gust of wind.
Admittedly, this type of thing will be too slow and bizarre for most audiences, but for those with a bit of patience, once you allow yourself to fall into the film's unique rhythm, it offers a rewarding and strangely captivating viewing experience.
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