ETA: Five Seconds
In late February 2001, the reclusive, world-famous director ETA visited
French-speaking Switzerland. Seeking to expand the creative horizons of
cinematography, he used his digital camera to create a completely new and novel
form: the "Five Second Movie". The resulting oeuvres, provide
fascinating insights and tantalizing glimpses of la vie quotidienne of
the Lake Geneva region.
||"Look at them yo-yo's that's the way you do
it..." The hand-held camera technique is strongly reminiscent of ETA's
early work for MTV. Rolling from side to side while moving rapidly along
L'Avenue d'Ouchy depicts the rush and instability of modern
|A passage along the Lausanne waterfront: water, trees, a bus.
The constant, horizontal image flow serves as a reminder of the
individual's ever-constant struggle against linear time.
||This film is a witty commentary on sport. For almost the
entire first half, it seems that success is ensured. But, as so often happens
in real-life, the gravity of the situtation eventually dominates, forcing
ascetic self-denial. In the end, the athelete is forced to walk away from his
|Entitled simply "Dog", this is a true tour de
force. ETA skillfully uses motion, staging and off-screen narration to
pique the viewer's interest. The minimialist nature of the piece works on
multiple levels, inviting reflection and perspective.
Last updated: 9 April 2003