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Interview: Filmmaker Alex Stockman (Pulsar)

Preemed at Locarno, winner of the Film Critic’s Award at the Hamburg Filmfest, Alex Stockman’s gripping Pulsar, the Belgian filmmaker’s sophomore feature taps into the terrifying phobia of technology with this thriller.

Preemed at Locarno, winner of the Film Critic’s Award at the Hamburg Filmfest, Alex Stockman’s gripping Pulsar, the Belgian filmmaker’s sophomore feature taps into the terrifying phobia of technology with this thriller. This is about Samuel (Matthias Schoenaerts), who works in Brussels as a pharmaceutical delivery man, while his girlfriend has found a prestigious job in New York. The internet is the only way they can keep their long distance relationship going — this provides for a little sanity and security but doesn’t do much for the loneliness and dissatisfaction in his life. When Samuel’s internet connection is hacked, it derails this fragile equilibrium and he ends up fighting the invisible enemy who’s bound to steal his identity and destroy his already strained relationship. Stockman reevaluates the role of online technology in ours daily lives as it both falsely unites and disconnects people from true interactions. I got to speak to Alex during the AFI Fest, where Pulsar was among those selected in the New Auteurs category.

 

 

 

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Yama Rahimi is a San Francisco-based Afghan-American artist and filmmaker. He directed the short films Object of Affection ('03), Chori Foroosh ('06) and the feature length documentary film Afghanistan ('10). He is a contributing special feature writer at IONCINEMA.com. Top Films From Contemporary Film Auteurs: Almodóvar (Talk to Her), Audiard (Un prophète), Coen Bros. (Blood Simple), Ceylan (Uzak), Dardenne Bros. (L'enfant), Haneke (Caché), Kar-wai (In the Mood for Love), Kiarostami (Taste of Cherry), Leigh (Secret & Lies), Lynch (Blue Velvet), Van Sant (Elephant), Von Trier (The Idiots), Winterbottom (In this World).

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