The Cage

68 minutes. Camera&Direction: Lior Shamriz

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A tale of a man coming back to his troubled home-town becomes a meditation on the queer body and the geography of identity. By dislocating the narrative, the “boys love” neo-noir film interrogates contemporary colonial relationships and troubles the filmmaker’s relationship to ‘the West’.

Presskit and credit list here.

In addition to this English speaking original version of the film, there are two other iterations of the project: Kluv, which has a different soundtrack and a voice over in Hebrew, and Spring in the Park – The Cage, which is an assemblage of two films – Spring in the Park and The Cage.

The Cage from spektakulativon Vimeo.

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“‘The Cage’ takes place in fictional lands that are strongly inspired by Ashkelon, Israel (where I grew up) and Berlin, Germany (where I lived for a decade beginning my late twenties). I wanted to film it in east Asia as a way to play with and perhaps resist both Israel and Germany’s processes of “art-washing” – the way governments and hegemonic powers legitimize themselves by enabling the production of critical films and political art in their territories. In particular, with Israel, I was cautious of the way the mere act of staging a fiction film in a place, normalizes an oppressive regime and occupation.

I wasn’t a White European embarking on an excursion to film in ‘exotic’ or ‘blank slate’ Asia. I was going as a Middle Eastern, exoticized daily myself (Iraqi/Iranian Jew born in Israel). I went east after going west for so long. The lands I went to ‘explore’ were South Korea and Taiwan – strong vibrant economies with rich cinematic histories. I went there to think about place and identity and make a nouveau-noir story dissecting myths of identity and the queer body. … [READ MORE]

The Cage (2017) / What Kind of Times Are These from spektakulativ on Vimeo.

Installation view at the Interdisciplinary Art Festival Tokyo

Produced by Spektakulativ Pictures, Liav Shamriz & Ruth Martin, Studio Nandashii, Heng-Chieh Lee, Bbooks Av

Produced with support from Geumcheon Seoul Art Space, Taipei Artist Village, iPix Taipei and crowdfunding:  Itay Schiff, Ursula Hueffer, Guillaume Cailleau, Caitlin H Adams, Paul Outlaw, Amnon Friedman, Paula Eichhorn, Stephen J Andrews, Anett Vietzke, Maya Kenig, Nina Fig, Ruth Teresa Martin De La Calle And Liav Shamriz, Avi Evan, Ron Naiweld, Bc Jiny 22, Sylbee Kim, Sander Houtkruijer, Sammy Loren, Teodora Stepancic, Mark Rappaport, Martin Schneider, Brian Getnick, Elwira Hiera, Aline Bo,  Cho Eun Chung, Rasi Levinas

Installation at SpaceOne Gallery in Seoul, where some of the scenes were filmed