Earnest Endeavours’ Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic premieres his debut film SCRIPTURA VITAE as part of Channel 4′s Random Acts on Tuesday 22.10.13 with a London screening on 23.10.13 at 18 Hewett Street. Co-directed by Shane Annas with effects by Fakelove, original music by Diplo, featuring tracks by Actress, Plaitum and score by Listen.
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The New York-based artist and filmmaker Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic delivers a powerful, poetic and beautifully haunting film debut with SCRIPTURA VITAE, a hypnotic visual story exploring the dualities of life and death, art and artist.The premise is original and poign- ant, a three-part journey of ritualistic iconography, sublime Japanese Butoh dance perfor- mances and a swirling, surreal narrative.The film’s folklore is underpinned by the saving grace of craft and artistry and yet simultaneously, the savage tragedy of its chilling finale.
The film is based around a new corpus of artwork by Mestrovic (including eight bespoke, hand crafted kimonos), where the artist’s symbolism and signature calligraphy re-images the Latin Psalm Prayers of Repentance as a new, visceral language adorned on the human body. Art shares the screen with the two painted performers; the ethereal Butoh dancer Maki Shinagawa and acclaimed Japanese actress Miho Nikaido, best known for her role in the salacious – and for a time banned, “Tokyo Decadence”. Nikaido’s role in the 1992 cult classic, written and directed by subculture novelist Ryu Murakami, with Yellow Magic Orchestra’s pioneering composer, Ryuichi Sakamoto’s score, was preceded by a three year apprenticeship under the iconic founder of Butoh, Kazuo Ohno.