Erez Pery, an Israeli living in downtown Manhattan for a while, observing his neighborhood from his apartment window and making some cinematic experiments in “Rear Window” (Hitchcock’s film from 1954). A fixed camera, records from a low floor of a building the passage of passersby, at different climatic moments and gradually begins to look parsimoniously at specific subjects. Then the camera focuses into scenes on the sides, details from other windows, until leading to a more complex story, where the documentary eye turns to the language of (science) fiction. All stimulated by the off-screen sounds of “War of the Worlds”, the famous radio drama carried out by Orson Welles in 1938, which caused a mass hysteria by the listeners, who believed that Martians were attacking earth. The effect of that classic description of Martians landing on Earth, combined with seemingly everyday situations and reinforced by a suggestive ambient music, provoke a fascination that shatters the naturalistic atmosphere of the initial proposal.
Erez Pery is a filmmaker, film curator and a scholar. He is a senior lecturer in the school of Audio and Visual Arts at Sapir College in Israel. Since his graduation from the school of Audio and Visual Arts at Sapir College Pery has directed several shorts which showcased in numerous film festivals. His first feature length film, The Interrogation premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in 2016. Filmography: 2004, For an Imperfect Cinema (Essay film, 27 minutes, DV). 2016, The Interrogation (Feature, 84 minutes, HD).