“It’ll never be known how this has to be told, in the first person or in the second, using the third person plural or continually inventing modes that will serve for nothing”
(From “The Devil’s Drool” by Julio Cortázar)
When adapting a literary work to the cinematic screen, a filmmaker encounters a multitude of challenges and doubts. What is the essence of the link between the two arts? How to convert words and sentences into visual imagery? How to represent internal thoughts and reflections in a tangible way? These questions, and many others, are raised by director Michelangelo Antonioni in his film “Blow-Up” – one of the masterpieces of modernism in cinema. Together with screenwriter Tonino Guerra, Antonioni created an adaptation of the short story by Julio Cortázar “The Devil’s Drool” in a bold, free way. Instead of sticking to the plot, they used it as a platform for concept and content, which allowed them to examine the craft of story building in cinema – How is a series of random events arranged in the form of a story? How much of that depends on the viewer’s point of view? And, above all, when does the viewer begin to doubt what he sees? As part of the workshop, students from the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television at Tel Aviv University created films based on this story. They have deconstructed and re-examined the different ways to tell a story through cinema, and coped with the various challenges in adapting an existing work.
Workshop facilitator: Joseph Pitchhadze