Sal Y Limon (2012) – By Joshua Samford

Hassan Said is a filmmaker that I may not have a tremendous amount of experience with, but I still found myself quite excited to check out Sal Y Limon. Said, who directed It’s a Strange World which I previously reviewed here on Rogue Cinema, is a visually creative filmmaker that isn’t afraid to be deceptive in his narrative. In this latest work, the filmmaker once again shows a appreciation for abstract art. A dark and twisting eight minute short, Sal Y Limon (Salt & Lemon) doesn’t really tell a story, but instead reveals a series of emotions for the viewer.

If there is a story, you could say that it is about one man coming to terms with his previous relationship. This is a story that examines one man, his regrets, and all of the things that he wishes he could take back. Hassan Said sets up his story as if it were a confessional, with one man venting about his former love while random and chaotic scenes play out on the screen. As if he is reciting poetry over the phone, this man delves deep into his life using words while the editing that accompanies this confession reveals the emotional background to his story.

There’s something dark and slightly frightening about Said’s short, something about the distorted vocals of the hidden protagonist who speaks for the audience. There is something that almost seems robotic about his voice, the way he seems to be espousing something genuine but remains detached, and this creates a purposeful disconnect from the audience. Although it is hard to truly judge the film, as it is merely a monologue accompanied by a series of visuals, I do think it speaks to the type of artist that Hassan Said is. He refuses to shortcut his work, and when viewers watch this short, they will know that he is unconventional and unwilling to compromise. Although it will not change lives, Sal Y Limon is proof yet again that Hassan Said is a very talented and intriguing director. This short is certainly worth checking out if the opportunity arises. You can read more about this filmmaker at his official website: http://www.hassansaid.com