20 Mag “The Symposium” by Thotti Cardoso
Classic culture still belongs to us: through its myths and tales it is still able to talk about parts of human beings that are and will be forever with us. Through this short film called “The Symposium” – referring to the banquet told in Plato’s philosophical dialogue – Thotti Cardoso, only 17 at the time of the making, combines theatre, performance, philosophy and film in an interesting hybrid genre, where eros restores the cosmic energy inside every human being.
Shot with only one setting, with a very bright cinematography, it is interesting how bodies and voices express deep philosophical content through contortions, blood, cries of pain and pleasure, and how colors are used to convey the evolutions of the feelings of the actors.
With a very simple editing and camera work, combined with the great classical music, Thotti is able to stage an interesting short film “d’essai”, full of references and culture. Such an impulse for research should surely help this young director grow and develop his intellectual and technical skills.
We sincerely wish that somebody will invest on his ideas to produce them and bring them on the big screen.