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Cage II

Based on a fragment of David Foster Wallace’s “Infinite Jest”, which refers to a movie also entitled Cage II. The fragment reads as follows:

"Cage II. B.S. Latrodectus Mactans Productions. Cosgrove Watt, Disney Leith; 35 mm.; 120 minutes; black and white; sound. Sadistic penal authorities place a blind convict (Watt) and a deaf-mute convict (Leith) together in ‘solitary confinement,’ and the two men attempt to devise ways of communicating with each other. LIMITED CELLULOID RUN; RERELEASED ON MAGNETIC VIDEO"

This film was made as a collaboration between Sociedad Anónima (Dance/Music Collective), and directors Clemente Castor and Kim Torres.

  • Clemente Castor
    Director
    Principe de Paz, Silencio: Silere, Resplandece, Fantasma, animal.
  • Miguel Escudero
    Cinematography
    La Cuarta Puerta, Mostro, Cría Puercos, Ocho de cada diez.
  • Kim Torres
    Edition
    Náufragos, Atrapaluz, Forest/Mountain, El Campeón.
  • Jessy Wolf
    Choreography and Performance
  • Alejandra Saldaña
    Choreography and Performance
  • Fer Feria (La Kriego)
    Music
    Romina & Ivan, Room 202, Kamien, Tlaxochimaco.
  • Emiliano Cruz (La Kriego)
    Music
  • Diego Juárez
    Music Production
  • Sociedad Anónima Collective
    Art and Costume Design
  • Sociedad Anónima Collective
    Producer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Cage II
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Video Choreography, Drama, Dance Film
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes 17 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    February 3, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    400 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Mexico
  • Country of Filming:
    Mexico
  • Language:
    English, Spanish
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Clemente Castor

He received a grant from the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA) of Mexico to study at the Sarajevo Film Academy in Bosnia Herzegovina, founded by Hungarian director Béla Tarr. He studied Latin American literature at the Iberoamericana University (UIA, in Spanish). Also, he participated in the Mantarraya film workshop, in Mexico City. He is currently studying a master's degree in contemporary art at SOMA, Mexico. He is co-founder of the distribution and production company Salón de Belleza. His feature film “Prince of Peace” received the award for best Mexican movie at FICUNAM and had its International premier at FidMarseille where it obtained the special mention of the international competition and special mention of Centre National des Artes Plastiques (CNAP). As well presented at the Lincoln Center in NY part of the Neighboring Scenes 2020 program. It was also an official competition at festivals like Viennale, Mar del Plata Film Festival, Márgenes, etc. He has directed several short films, which have participated in several national and international film festivals. Also, he works as a contemporary artist and has presented his installations in some independent spaces and in contemporary art museums like Biquini Wax EPS, Queretaro Contemporary Art Museum, Zapopan Art Museum, Baxter St, NY, Queens L.A., Soma, and others.

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Director Statement

From Sociedad Anonima:

“At the end of 2020 we created Sociedad Anónima, a dance-music collective that, at first, was just as a space for exploring improvisational techniques on an interdisciplinary dialogue, however our shared concerns and interests made it unfold into something else. The project quickly grew and evolved into the idea of developing this short dance-film, so we asked our dearest friends director Clemente Castor and screenwriter Kim Torres to collaborate, to which they happily accepted.

For us, the whole project revolved around communication, our search and necessity of it, as well as the difficulties that may arise from it in an era where non-verbal communication was gaining a whole new meaning and we had a body-less engagement with our surroundings. This topic is not only seen within the narrative of the film, but also in exploring the dialogue between music, dance and cinema in the process of its creation.

Cage II is an independent project that was developed by our own means, as such, we want to give our most sincere thanks to all the people who helped us in its creation.”