SFIFF Report: The Fourth Dimension

I hit the jackpot for my second and last movie on Friday. First, they were giving out free popcorn and free beer. But the beer was only allowed in the balcony (this was in the  Kabuki’s big Theater 1). I don’t like watching movies from the balcony, so I skipped the beer.

I also hit the jackpot with the movie:

A The Fourth Dimension
Not a real feature, this is an anthology of three short films made by different directors in different countries, all of them in some way about the fourth dimension. It was conceived as a "Creative Brief" by producer Eddy Moretti. The brief contains a lot of rules, many of which were broken by the filmmakers.

The problem with anthology movies is that one is always better than the others. That’s true here, but none of them were really bad. In fact, I don’t think I’d give any of them a lower grade than B+.

Actually, I might have given the first one a low grade if it had been longer, but for 30 minutes it was just fine. The American entry, it starred Val Kilmer as a self-help guru named Val Kilmer. Take that with a grain of salt. Much of the short consists of Kilmer throwing out the most bizarre and funny pearls of alleged wisdom while his audience cheered. Best line: "Velvet killed Elvis." Believe me, the way he says it, it’s funny.

The second, Russian section was the test. It concerned a brilliant scientist who’s fourthdimensioncreated a time machine. You can’t travel in the time machine, but you can view the past.. You can pick the day and general location you’ll view, but not who’s eyes you’ll see past through. The problem: Most people’s eyes are looking in the wrong direction.

The final, Polish section followed four irresponsible young adults wandering through a disserted town.  Slowly, we learn the reason for the lack of others. A huge flood is on the way. At first, they’re just having a fun time with no one to stop their petty theft and vandalism. Slowly, they see their responsibilities.

The Fourth Dimension will also screen at the Kabuki tomorrow (Saturday) night at 10:00. It may be your last ever chance to see it.

There was Q&A with all of the filmmakers afterwards.