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Altered States Competition

3 questions for Tin Dirdamal

The director of Dark Light Voyage talks to us in detail about his film, which is part of the Altered States Competition.
3 questions for Tin Dirdamal



You are part of an artistic group in which you have self-imposed a series of restrictions, such as that the film can only be seen up to two years after its first exhibition. What does this type of restriction contribute to your search as an artist?
 
There is a physical principle according to which, if a fluid moves vertically and the space where it travels becomes smaller, the water or wind acquires greater speed (if one presses the outlet of a water hose, the water will come out faster). Creativity is similar to the speed of water. The narrower the space through which creativity travels, the more limitations restrict creative exploration, the more force it will take. In many cases the limitations are given by the environment (political and economic restrictions). If an environment does not intrinsically carry these restrictions, creating them cautiously and consistently makes a restricted space flourish with creativity.
 
 
You have mentioned in other interviews that you believe in cinema as a method of exploration and that when it does not work for you, you will simply stop making films. What does cinema give you in that sense that no other artistic activity or any other kind can give you?
 
Every time I finish a new movie, I am hopeful that it will be the last. In that sense, I am closer to a non-filmmaker than to a filmmaker. At the same time, none of my films are finished works, but rather they are all abandoned. Abandoned at the time I finished a certain exploration. This and the other films come from a love and a hatred of cinema at the same time. Cinema has been my work tool for the last 18 years. It is a beautiful and sharp tool, like a pick for the plow. One can become fond of its chisel, be grateful to it. But, if one day one were to lose it or it broke, with the arrival of a new tool, perhaps he would never remember his old chisel again. The chisel is not the important thing.
 

What do you hope viewers take away from an experience like Dark Light Voyage?
 
A knife, in the event that the desire and the opportunity to penetrate to inquire into one's own darkness present themselves.