Finland, 30 min
October 2018, Mr K. goes to the consulate in Istanbul in order to obtain a divorce certificate so he can remarry with Mrs C. Upon entering the building, he disappears definitively. The macabre and mysterious affair of journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination leads to a gripping cinematographical investigation.
In October 2018, Mr K. goes to the embassy in Istanbul to obtain a certificate of divorce so he can remarry Mrs C. After entering the building, he disappears for good. Composed of (fake?) found footage shots, Belgrade Forest Incident… meticulously reconstructs the macabre and mysterious affair of journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination, in a perverse setting narrated by Rebecca Clamp—a Finnish songwriter who you would swear was poached from the BBC. Part of a wider project devoted to the notion of waste, this new opus by Jan Ijäs gives rise to a gripp-ing cinematographic investigation, originally based on a newspaper article. After On the Art of Set Design (VdR 2019), which combined Kim Jong II’s writing on cinematographic mise-en-scène with a montage of “tourist” images of North Korea, the Finnish filmmaker, with what seems to be his trademark precision, once again intertwines two sources of material—text and images that reject illustration—to produce a powerful story.