DO IT YOURSELF: Photography company Lomography has teamed up with video-on-demand platform Mubi to create a special edition of its LomoKino hand-cranked analogue movie camera, endorsed and signed by award-winning Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul.
The LomoKino Mubi Edition package retails for 109 euros, or $140 at current exchange, and includes a free one-month subscription to Mubi and a film strip of Weerasethakul’s new short film “Ashes,” which can be viewed for free at Mubi.com. The 20-minute film was shot on a LomoKino and screened over the weekend at the Cannes Film Festival, where the director is also presenting an hour-long feature, “Mekong Hotel.”
Weerasethakul, who won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2010 for “Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives,” has directed dozens of short films, including the specially commissioned “My Mother’s Garden” for Christian Dior in 2007 and “Vampire” for Louis Vuitton in 2008.
At a press breakfast in Cannes, Mubi founder and chief executive officer Efe Cakarel said the LomoKino camera works using standard 35-mm photographic film. “You have 35 frames and then you need to shoot hundreds of them and edit,” he explained. “It’s wonderfully manual, and you really feel like you are making a frame-by-frame film, like film was made 120 years ago.”
Sally Bibawy, president of Lomography, said a LomoKino Festival would be organized in various locations worldwide to allow fans of the format to show their work.