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Jul 18, 2004

by Cowcaster


Utopia Part 3: The World's Largest Shopping Mall

When this 13 minute film ended, I wanted more, so much more. There were too many films Iíd seen at the Full Frame Film Festival that seemed to drag on forever, and Utopia, Part 3 was like taking a bite out of a ribeye steak. Itís delicious, but now your stomach is waiting for the rest of the beef. With quiet shots of empty escalators, yawning employees, and wandering mascots, we are taken on a journey through a failed experiment: To build the worldís largest mall in southern China. Having few customers and a handful of stores, the mall sits in itís record-sized lot collecting dust. The film is brilliantly shot, and the humor is drawn through the opposition between gluttony and loneliness. There are a few lines of dialogue, which I hesitated to ask the director about during the Q & A (I didnít want to get thrown out that early!). In my opinion, the film functions much more effectively in silence, letting us draw our own conclusions about this empty space.

http://video.iptv.org/video/1218530801

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Jul 18, 2004

by Cowcaster


Some other recommendations from films I saw at Full Frame last year. Some of these are more light-hearted than others, but all of them are highly recommended:

Sons of Cuba

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xYR3hpkkG5A


Mechanical Love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JBTc-WyWUHQ


Reporter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSsHMSuX6t0


Supermen of Malegaon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goQp6qVjdn8

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