Luke Bather - 12th July 2016

Israeli director Noaz Deshe travels to Moldova for this arresting and spiritual clip for Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

The setting is a beautifully choreographed yet impressionistic study of a culture in an East/West limbo that feels part-celebration and part-funeral march - all the elements pulled together by a charismatic boy dancer, with an assurance beyond his years, and his ballroom dancing partner. 

We see Moldovan natives dance their way through streets in cities and rural areas, but they also dance their way through sex, death and innocence. It's a compelling video that gives very little away until you start to truly pick it apart.

Outside Chișinău, the capital of Moldova, you find time stands still—communism and religion are still the backdrop of an identity not yet conquered by the east or the west. It seems like any minute chain stores will spring up, but for now it is undefined by the powers that be. I was struck by the beauty of an identity not yet overtaken by what has become all-too familiar—the song struck that chord with me.

Watch 'Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros 'Wake Up The Sun' by Noaz Deshe' here

Credits

DirectorNoaz Deshe
ProducerDragos Scutelnicu
ProducerShadoworks
CastingRuxanda Spatari
CastingDragos Scutelnicu
1st ADCalin Laur
VFXRoi Werner
VFXRudolf German
Assistant EditorMarion Brown
Assistant EditorBridget Honan
ChoreographySnejana Apostol

Luke Bather - 12th July 2016

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