24-07-06 Seleccionado por: Arty Show
Directed by Astra Taylor*
Format: avi (xvid) | Size: 700mb
2005, 71 minutes, Color
In English and Slovene with English subtitles
The incomparable fifty-five-year-old is a cosmic agitator. The Slovenian Lacanian-Marxist philosopher - with a little Hegel thrown in
actually, a lot of everything thrown in - has been referred to as an academic rock star and the Elvis of cultural theory. He is a passionate, hyperactive speaker who gesticulates wildly. He seems uncomfortable with conversational lapses, so with energy, charisma and complete conviction, he talks and talks and talks. He has written and published over fifty books, making him one of the most successful and prolific thinkers working today. A human encyclopaedia, iek has written on subjects as wide-ranging as Hitchcock, Lenin, opera and the September 11 terrorist attacks. His work has been translated into over twenty languages.
In iek!, a fascinating portrait, we follow the spellbinding lecturer to Rio de Janeiro, Boston and New York City. He orates to overcapacity crowds on his favourite themes: ideology, psychoanalysis, religion and love. Love is a cosmic disbalance, he states. Back in his hometown of Ljubljana, where iek ran for president in Slovenias first democratic election in 1990, we enter his tiny apartment. Amid kitchen cupboards stuffed with socks, underwear and bed sheets, the professor speaks about the magnificence and modesty of philosophy. While lying in bed topless, the philosopher declares that he does not solve problems, he redefines them.
In this intimate and playful film, Astra Taylor poses provocative questions to the theorist - whose ambition as an adolescent was to become a filmmaker - while they lunch together, devour DVD stores and even re-enact a scene from Vertigo. All the while, iek tries to evade his adoring fans: Philosophy should be an anonymous job, he says.
Unafraid to analyze himself, the completely intriguing iek admits he sometimes worries he is a fake. He claims to prefer people mispronouncing his name because it would make him paranoid if people said it correctly. He also dislikes being portrayed as a funnyman. Making me popular is a resistance to taking me seriously, he argues. And so for iek, being fascinating and successful - and having a brilliant mind - is a bit of a curse. Stacey Donen
Astra Taylor was born in Winnipeg, grew up in Athens, Georgia, and lives in Montreal. She received a masters degree in liberal studies from New School University in New York. She has taught sociology at the University of Georgia and at The State University of New York at New Paltz and has published her work in several journals. Her documentary films include The Miracle Tree (2001) and iek! (2005).