Costa Rica. Directed by Marlón Villar.
When the Indian-american director Tarsem made the “Losing My Religion” video for R.E.M. in 1991, he drew inspiration from the Italian painter Caravaggio and Russian filmmaker Andrei Tarkovsky. And as result, the clip is contemplated as a big beautiful moving painting. That same artistic idea led Marlón Villar to portrait the beloved surreal paintings from Belgium’s René Magritte in 424’s “Al Hueco” video.
The clip is not only among the best videos made in Costa Rica, but one the best in the history of the subcontinent. In the past five years Costa Rica has proven in taking leadership proposing music of international weight and height. And those proposals had to be sustained by good videos and sound production.
As the work of the painter, this video is challenging the observers’ preconditioned perceptions of reality putting seemingly unrelated objects together in juxtaposition. It is a union that suggests the essential mystery of the world. And as the Magritte himself says: “Art for me is not an end in itself, but a means of evoking that mystery”.