DESCRIPCIÓN: Semalu which means Sensitive Plant in Malay, is a cinematic portrait of the children of Cheras, a suburb in Kuala Lumpur. A place in the middle of a transition period of modernization. Between a noisy landscape of construction works we see the youngest generation grow up. The ancestors of this children did not grew up here, they came live here to build a new future. 30 years ago this territory was still jungle and swamp. Far away from the jungle this new urban area will be the kids’ new playground. Here they discover themselves. And here they discover God. This movie is completely shot on a DSLR camera. The revolution of shooting cinema with a light weight camera gives Jimmy Hendrickx the ability to travel around and make cinema on the spot. Without any crew or production complexities it is much more easy to infiltrate in a social situation, documentary style, and shooting with cinematic values. This new way of constructing cinema opens new narrative possibilities. Semalu has the intention to be a cross overs between cinema and still photography. The way things are framed, the importance of composition but all so the way the actors behave in front off the camera is questioned in this movie. We can say Jimmy Hendrickx tries to bring cinema from the eye of the still photographer. In Semalu Jimmy films a realistic theme without any script or preparation but with few directing he turns a documentary into a surrealistic fiction movie. He reconstructs reality to build poetical new layers, to actually tell just the same story reality brings but from the eye of an artist.
- IDIOMA ORIGINAL: Sin diálogos
- IDIOMA DE SUBTÍTULOS: ninguno
- AÑO DE PRODUCCIÓN: 2013
- PAÍS DE PRODUCCIÓN: Malasia
- Dirección: Jimmy Hendrickx
- DURACIÓN: 18´