In this short film, filmmaker Denis Villeneuve takes a playful stab at mass hypnosis. Celebrating the mesmerizing power of movies, he offers mischievous glimpses into a subconscious world inhabited by Bergman, Spielberg... and Bo Derek.
The audacious creative force behind Polytechnique and the Oscar®-nominated Incendies, Villeneuve has earned a place among the world's most influential young directors.
Produced by the National Film Board of Canada in co-operation with the National Arts Centre and the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation on the occasion of the 2011 Governor General's Performing Arts Awards.
Ages 14 to 15
Arts Education - Visual Arts
Media Education - Film and Video Production
You can use this film to explore some aspects of filmmaking in a film or history class. Watching other experimental films such as CMYK by Marv Newland will inspire students to discuss how the public reacts to words, shapes, colours and sounds. What do we feel? Do we remain open to creativity or do we close ourselves off if we can’t make sense of a work? Do we need a message or a helpful hint? Why does Denis Villeneuve call his film Rated R for Nudity when his intention is to hypnotize people?