'Moebius': Shocking Violence in Silence

Nobel Prize-winning author Herta Muller had written in her book ‘The Land of Green Plums’ - “When we don’t speak,’’ said Edgar, ‘’we become unbearable, and when we do, we make fools of ourselves.”

Published: 14th December 2013 09:27 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th December 2013 09:27 AM   |  A+A-


Nobel Prize-winning author Herta Muller had written in her book ‘The Land of Green Plums’ - “When we don’t speak,’’ said Edgar, ‘’we become unbearable, and when we do, we make fools of ourselves.”

 The screening of South Korean director Kim Ki-duk’s latest movie ‘Moebius’ reminded one of this dialogue as there was an unbearableness of silence that agitated the audience throughout the movie. Unlike the other movies shown at the festival, ‘Moebius’ did not have any subtitles as there was not even a single dialogue in the movie, except for screams and cries.

 The filmmaker himself had said that dialogues are weak and weird tools when communicating pain and anguish, where an outburst of voice can speak volumes.

 The seventh day of the 18th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) grabbed plenty of attention for two reasons - the presence of Kim Ki-duk and the screening of his much-anticipated movie ‘Moebius.’

 The first of the two screenings of the film in this festival was held at Anjali theatre on Thursday in the presence of an unprecedented crowd. The reservation for the show had been over by Wednesday morning. Scores of delegates gathered in front of the theatre hours before the screening and a large queue was formed extending to the road before the hall was opened.

 The agitated crowd gave a hard time for the volunteers, who  were asked to open the theatre doors even before the time they were supposed to. The seats which were reserved were also opened to the public moments before the show and the crowd flocked in within minutes.

 A multitude of delegates found their place on the floor as all the seats got occupied and some unlucky ones had to stand near the doors to get a peek at the much buzzed-about movie. Some ruckus also occurred as there were arguments between the delegates over the reserved seats.

 As soon as the film started, some among the audience were seen jumping out of the hall to escape from the unpleasant violence shown throughout the film. Some found it unbearable and a lady even fainted in the first 30 minutes of the movie.

 “I would rather consider it as the extremity of sadism. The movie was perfect in making, barring a minor problems with the editing. The rush was too much, but it was worth the trouble as the cinematography and direction are outstanding. Yet, the content freaked out many. The director seemed to be too daring to discover some aspects of carnal desires and moral dilemma which have never been touched before,” said Irshad Jalil from Malappuram after the screening.

 Earlier, in an interaction with the media on Wednesday, the director had said that the violence or incestuous relationships shown in his movies are a way of portraying beauty.

 However, a majority among the audience found it as the price they had to pay to enjoy the beauty of the film as the extreme emotional torture shown made many nauseous.

 And the festival was imparted a festive mood by this short man from Korea with a film full of emotion-packed dilemma, unveiling the curtains to expose the fake morals of a predominantly sangfroid society.


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