Laida Lertxundi

A Lax Riddle Unit
2011, 6min, 16mm, color, sound

In a Los Angeles interior, moving walls for loss. Practicing a song to a loved one. A film of the feminine structuring body. (LL)


     Camera, Editing, Directing: Laida Lertxundi
     Sound: George Clark, Laida Lertxundi
     Sound Mix: Ezra Buchla
     Music: James Carr, Robert Wyatt
     with: Josette Chiang
     Typography: Lucas Quigley
     Thanks: Dan Boer, Patrick Friel,
     Christina C. Nguyen, C.W. Winter,
     Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, Thom Andersen
     and Mark McElhatten

"'Love Attack', the passionate soul music of James Carr, can be heard in mid-evening. Next, in just one take, the camera goes round the apartment of a young woman who is practising a song on her keyboard, and who then collapses on her bed, apparently overcome. Dusk falls in the city. A Lax Riddle Unit is a film with a cyclical structure, although its emotions are not repeated. We suppose that the girl is suffering as a result of loneliness or heartache, and just then she turns to us smiling, and compels us to reconsider our hypothesis. In truth, all works by Laida Lertxundi represent feelings that are impossible to stifle. Even in a work that concentrates strictly on an intimate experience, with a melancholic appearance, we cannot overlook the playful nature of her films. One only has to note that the title of her film is an anagram of her name."
-Javier Estrada pdf