Short | 23 min | 2011 | China
Dir/Writer: Yuke Qin
Philomirrophobia is among the my top-5 must see at 2013 Q! Film Festival. I went to it literally running from a different venue to be able to catch the last screening, surprise surprise, i was the only one there. Thank god the committee is kind enough to screen the film even though i was the only audience there.
This experimantal short film by Chinese painter, Yuke Qin, is closer to art than a cinematic feature.We saw Yuke walked in platformed, high-heeled glass shoes with a matching transparent body armor, later bind in red bondage rope, some other time draped in red dress. We saw images that are worthy of horror films but actually a medical footage of cosmetic surgery. We saw images upon images that have a significant semiotic contents to it, with symbolism and iconography that would took a serious discussion to decipher. Sometimes they are beautiful, sometimes gruesomely so. With colors and set designs that reminds you of Tarsem Singh signatures.
Philomirrophobia was a projection of both self-love and self-hate of the creator. Just like the title aptly suggested. It visuals are daring and should capture your attention (either a good way or not). Just like other form of art, it is up to you to find the essence beyond its surface.
Watch the Trailer at Vimeo.