“The Game of Things” by Cristian Straub for Ethel Vaughn
“As I stared up into the bright blue sky that was near the end of what felt like a trillion years, I was visited by a horrible sense of claustrophobia. A claustrophobia that sets in only when no space is great enough to contain you. Cause you have all this stuff inside you that refuses to leave. All those useless stupid things from the past.” So beings “The Game of Things” by Cristian Straub, joined by director of photography Jakob Suess. The 5-minute short created for German label Ethel Vaughn, is inspired by late 60s and early 70s experimental cinema, by the likes of Nicolas Roeg and Roman Polanski, and tells the story of a woman who is haunted by her past, by things and moments she once shared with a special someone. As the film unfolds we get a grasp of the romantic relationship that is no more… It’s a fashion film where the fashion is secondary, setting a precedent in mulled-over genre of ‘fashion film’, that is sometimes monotonous, even cringe-inducing. This is a piece of cinema art. This makes you feel things.