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The Two Fauns, 2011, dir. David Finkelstein

MIA Screens is an online showcase featuring contemporary experimental films and artist moving image works with introductions by the artists who made them.


 David Finkelstein introduces The Two Fauns (2011):

The Two Fauns is the second instalment in an ambitious, lifelong project to adopt Percy Shelley’s poetic drama Prometheus Unbound for film. In the scene which forms the basis of this film, two fauns meet in a wood. Here, the two fauns are two men, engaged in a friendly game of pursuit, as one of them follows the other through grungy alleys and doorways. They follow the sounds of an unseen chorus, seemingly the voices of spirits who are blessing and encouraging their amorous play. (The score, for sixteen voices plus vibes and harp, is by Randall Wong.) Superimposed words and animated images illustrate Shelley’s text. When the two men finally come together, they engage in a dialogue, in the tones of erotic banter.


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