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Your brother. Remember?

 Zachary Oberzan

 
 

Your brother. Remember? è un esperimento sul principio del Prima-e-Dopo. Da adolescenti dell'America rurale, Zachary e suo fratello Gator giravano in video i remake dei loro film preferiti, tra cui l'hit di Jean-Claude Van Damme Kickboxer e il mondo-movie Faces of Death. Vent'anni più tardi tornano nella casa in cui sono cresciuti e ricreano gli stessi film, sequenza per sequenza, ma visti attraverso la lente dell'usura fisica ed emotiva. Con un sottile montaggio di video amatoriali, film hollywoodiani e performance Oberzan riflette su diversi gradi di finzione. I bugiardi credono alle proprie bugie, e la vita reale si scontra con l'arte della manipolazione. Ma con Mr. Van Damme e il famoso patologo Dr. Francis Gross nell'angolo, Zack & Gator saltano dentro il ring un'ultima volta per una rivincita del titolo.

ideazione, regia, montaggio, interpretazione Zachary Oberzan  
con Gator Oberzan in video  
testi Zachary & Gator Oberzan
light design Thomas Barcal
assistenza Nicole Schuchardt/brut Wien
coproduzione Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2010, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, Grand Theatre Groningen, brut Wien

An elaborate experiment with the concept of Before-and-After photographs, Your brother. Remember? splices and dices home videos, Hollywood film footage, and live performance. As kids in rural America, Zachary and his brother Gator loved making parodies of their favorite films, most notably Jean-Claude Van Damme’s karate opus Kickboxer, and the notorious cult film Faces of Death. Then twenty years passed. Estranged from his family, Zack returned to his childhood home to re-create these films, shot for shot, as precisely as possible, but now seen through a twenty-year lens of emotional and physical wear and tear. Oberzan reflects on different levels of fiction: the liars believe their own lies, and real-life clashes with the art of manipulation. But with Mr. Van Damme and renowned pathologist Dr. Francis Gross in their corner, Zack & Gator step into the ring one last time for a title shot at redemption.

conceived, directed, edited, performed by Zachary Oberzan  
featuring Gator Oberzan on video  
texts by Zachary & Gator Oberzan
light design Thomas Barcal
assistant director/tour management Nicole Schuchardt/brut Wien
coproduction Kunstenfestivaldesarts 2010, Noorderzon Performing Arts Festival, Grand Theatre Groningen, brut Wien