02 May Contentus: IN DIFFERENCE
SCREENING: MAY 27, 2017 – Saturday
CONTENTUS: IN DIFFERENCE
DIRECTOR: Stephen Chen
The third part of the CONTENTUS feature triptych, IN DIFFERENCE picks up the yearning for liberation of BLISSED in its exploration of its homophynic meanings of apathy and divergence. A conversation between a young banker with an older homeless man as they traverse the University Ave meridian – surrounded by commercial buildings, that is populated by homeless people at night in real life.
Drawing inspiration from Samuel Beckett and Dialogues of Plato, IN DIFFERENCE fuses Man with Myth and Metaphor to comment on the veneer and prejudices of contemporary society. In response to recent derivative tendencies of Canadian cinema, the CONTENTUS triptych eschews the conventions of narrative & visual grammar to create a space between Hollywood and Art House tropes; straddling the nether boundary between narrative and experimental – a No Man’s Land with no heroes, no resolutions, no romanticized sentiments. Man and metaphor intermingle through the naming and speech of the characters.
DURATION: 24 mins
Stephen Chen is an award-winning multi-disciplinary artist whose works have been exhibited internationally. His work, like the film festival he founded, centers on the collusion of convention and institutions in limiting thought and justice, as well as creating alternative modes and spaces for expression.
International Indie Film Awards, Silver Medal
Colortape International Film Festival, Top 100 filns
Depth of Field International Film Festival
Indie Fest Awards, Award of Recognition
Revolution Me Film Festival, Honorable Mention
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Due to last minute withdrawals, and after a last-minute call failed to produce alternatives, Stephen Chen’s CONTENTUS was selected and split into its 3 component parts to fill the programming gaps.
CONTENTUS/IN DIFFERENCE is not only the quintessential CENSURED IN CANADA type of film (having won awards internationally but rejected locally) the festival seeks to showcase, but also addresses the prejudices of mainstream Canada & convention by portraying homelessness through the intersection of metaphor and place.