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August 26, 2018

Writer’s Block directed by Alex Mendez Giner

NEW YORK CITY | BLOCK 6
Wednesday, September 26th
10:00 PM – 12:00 AM

 

Synopsis

A writer in the middle of her creative process, receives a series of anonymous packages with morbidly disturbing content. This mysterious intrusion into her life ignites a war between her anxiety and the work she is struggling to create.

Director’s Biography

Alex Méndez Giner
director scriptwriter cinematographer

Award winner filmmaker with over 15 years of experience. His works explore human relationships, through films set in the frontier between reality and imagination. His films have been shown in more than 20 countries around the globe and he has obtained several awards, of particular relevance is the Audience Choice Award presented at the 14th Shanghai International Film Festival. His work, “The Book of Judith,” received a production grant from the New York State Council of the Arts and has shown in many international film festivals including the 16th Milan International Film Festival and the 37th Durban International Film Festival. He currently teaches film at Syracuse University, USA.

Director Statement

A writer in the middle of her creative process, receives a series of anonymous packages with morbidly disturbing content. This mysterious intrusion into her life ignites a war between her anxiety and the work she is struggling to create—waged on the battlefield of the fantastic.

Writer’s Block unfolds at the intersection of the natural and supernatural. The mysterious packages contain isolated body parts that are at once incongruous and recognizable. They hint at an uncanny relationship with the writer’s own body. Her uneasiness crescendos into terror as she wrestles with the fantastic powers of creativity; supporting Freud’s observation that “what is ‘uncanny’ is frightening precisely because it is not known and familiar” at the same time.

In exploring the relationship between fear and creativity, Writer’s Block resonates with themes embedded in Gothic literature: the fear of the shadow, the evil double and the psychically split personality. In the Gothic tradition, the artistic process reveals itself as a life and death clash between creator and creation, their impossible attempt to occupy the same space representing a battle for immortality. Through an artistic “mitosis,” in which the metaphorical cell division of a creation slowly overtakes its creator, an organic substitution is finally completed through duplication. An artist’s attempt to re-create a facsimile of life is doomed: in the end, she must surrender to her creation in an ironic “ultra-narcissistic” suicide.

In Writer’s Block, word by word, part by part, the writer’s fears and desires conspire to commit the perfect crime: tormenting the artist with her own reflection.

   

Category: 2018 NYC BLOCK 6