Los Angeles Cinema Film Festival (LACFF) announced winners today, January 6, 2013, of the winter selection of best films entered in the quarterly competition.
“Waiting For Godot” directed by Caitlin Pashalek will receive two awards at the festival’s screening and awards program.
The official music video of Janina Gavankar’s single “Waiting for Godot” will receive the Best Music Video and Best Editing honors next Sunday, January 13th, at the Whitefire Theater in Sherman Oaks, California.
It’s not unusual for hits on Broadway to be presented later on film or sometimes vice a versa.
But Pashalek and Gavankar's excellent collaboration of tow art forms (the song and music video) is based on a play titled the same, "Waiting for Godot."
To better comprehend the musical and visual experience this masterpiece exhibits, one should be familiar with the stage play.
The play was penned by Irishman Samuel Beckett in French (and later translated into English by him.)
It opened 60 years ago on January 5, 1953 in the Theatre Babylone in Paris.
10 years after Beckett’s death, the play was named best stage play of the 20th century.
The play elicited much controversy and invoked uneasiness in theater goers as well as theater critics.
Critic Norman Berlin described the play in the Massachusetts Review:
On his naked stage we see two tramps named Estragon (Gogo) and Vladimir (Didi) who talk about things in general -usually trivial things but sometimes uttering words that touch deeper matters, that express anguish and hope-as they wait for the arrival of an unknown person named Godot. While they wait two other characters arrive-the imperious Pozzo, who cracks a whip, and his burdened servant Lucky, who has a rope tied around his neck. More talk, including a very long speech by the otherwise silent Lucky, and then Pozzo and Lucky leave. just before the end of Act I a Boy arrives to tell Didi and Gogo that Godot will not be coming that night "but surely tomorrow." The two tramps decide to leave-"Yes, let's go." But "They do not move. Curtain." In Act II the inaction is repeated, the waiting and talk continue, Pozzo and Lucky arrive again, this time Pozzo blind and Lucky dumb, they leave, the Boy arrives to give the same message, and Didi and Gogo again decide to leave, but "They do not move. Curtain."
The beauty of Janina Gavankar gives the story an odd sort of twist. She doesn't look like a tramp, nor is she dressed like a tramp.
And that is the whole purpose of art... so each can make their own interpretations.
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