Esther Polak & Ivar van Bekkum
Netherlands, 12 min
A man and a woman move deeper into the dark of the night. Through the impersonal images of Google Earth, their erratic path leads us towards a place where something dramatic appears to have taken place. The only compass is the beating of the hearts that guide their way.
It is night. A car moves forward in the darkness of the Google Earth satellite image. We hear the voices of a man and a woman inside the vehicle and the beating of the hearts that guide their way. They evoke something serious that apparently took place, a long time ago, in this unfathomable territory. We are lulled by their conversation, which is whispered, refined, flowing. And yet, they never reveal the secret that is driving their drift. We thus give in to the mystery of the places. We have shivers down our spine. We are ready to follow them, to explore the image of this virtual map into the depths of the night. Articulating fabulous sound work and visual material exclusively drawn from Google Earth, The Ride explores the possibilities of the contemporary audiovisual device. Esther Polak and Ivar van Bekkum thus construct a magnetic account of two characters who roam through the darkness, which could be either virtual or real. Following the movement of the film, situated between science fiction and poetry, we question the nature of the cinematographic image and its relationship with reality.
Elena López Reira