Ginan Seidl | Germany
Thumbs up to the young German filmmaker Ginan Seidl for having created a film that is as visually and philosophically original as ‘Spin’. A work where images and thoughts are linked in rich and unpredictable patterns, where rotation itself is the focal point. From a Sufi’s whirling dance to micro-studies in a high-tech physics laboratory, and from a salt desert to a mosque. Religion and science are not each other’s opposites, however, but rather two variations of truth on a cosmic scale, which has its third dimension in art itself. The images speak, and if you listen carefully, a thought journey of the rarest kind awaits you. With experimental science as his method, Seidl uses his film as an artistic test tube, which mixes together different elements (philosophy, fiction, research and Sufi mysticism) in order to study their unpredictable chemistry. And the experiment succeeds. ‘Spin’ reinvents the essay film in a contemporary form, which actually deserves to be called innovative.