Italy | 2022 | 20 min
Languages : English, Italian, French, Japanese
Subtitles : English, French
Born during the first wave of the pandemic, this gem by artist and filmmaker Roberto Fassone takes us on a trip that ranges from classical surrealism to the Simpsons via Yoko Ono and bathing monkeys. Ironic and provocative, Pas seul meditates on our visual nature and plunges the viewer into a hypnotic flow of images that never cease to astonish.
A film created during the endless pandemic lockdowns thanks to a crowdfunding initiative to support Italian artists, Pas seul (literally “not alone”, but also the name of a ballet figure) is a choreography of images crafted for us by artist Roberto Fassone. Announced from the very start as a psychedelic trip, this short masterpiece will not disappoint: Fassone’s editing of found footage is a mind-blowing journey through the endless stream of images that the internet offers us. Spanning meditative shots, concerts by the Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Simpsons and Salvador Dalí alike, the film is a mockery of our video consumption habits. Although provocation and humour are the threads that keep this piece together, Pas seul also manages to leave its own meaning fully open to its audience’s interpretation. Inspired by Buñuel’s surrealist masterpiece Un Chien Andalou, but profoundly rooted in the here-and-now, Pas seul evades the expected to take us on a magical tour of wonders, in which losing oneself becomes the ultimate pleasure.
Rebecca De Pas