Shirô Moritani – Hakkodasan aka Mount Hakkoda (1977)

Isolde Standish:
With the change in the aesthetic of the yakuza genre that occurred in the 1970s towards the realist style of the innovator Fukasaku Kinji ‘jitsuroku’ film series, the ninkyo ethic of the 1960s films again shifted genre. After the great success of the three-part epic War and Humanity (Senso to ningen), based on the six-part novel by Gomikawa Junpei (1916-1995) and released by Nikkatsu between 1970 and 1973, epics based on the war or military themes became increasingly popular throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Read More »

    Eric Baudelaire – Also Known As Jihadi (2017)

    The path to radicalism of a young man from France to Syria, and back to France, where he is incarcerated for allegedly joining Daesh, is rendered purely through a series of landscape shots filmed at the locations traversed by the subject. Read More »

      Ulrich Seidl – Mit Verlust ist zu rechnen AKA Loss Is to Be Expected (1992)

      In a small Austrian village near the Czech border lives Sepp Paur, a widower. The food supply that his late wife stored in the freezer is running low. It is time for Sepp to look for another wife. He looks across the border, where the widow Paula lives. Two people, two neighboring villages. In between? The border. The film is about all these, but not only. It’s also about the loss of borders, the loss of home, the loss of youth, the loss of love. Read More »

        Alejandro Landes – Monos (2019)

        Anarchy clashes with adolescence as a squadron of teen rebels on a remote mountaintop watch over a prisoner amid drills, attacks and misdeeds. Read More »

          Michael Anderson – The Dam Busters (1955)

          The story of the conception of a new British weapon for smashing the German dams in the Ruhr industrial complex and the execution of the raid by 617 Squadron ‘The Dam Busters’. Read More »

            Jee-woon Kim – Janghwa, Hongryeon AKA A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)

            A dark old house that holds its secrets close. Two sisters tormented by an evil stepmother and clinging to one another for comfort while their aloof, ineffectual father hides in his work and tries to ignore the mounting tension in his household. The onset of puberty, the first spilling of menstrual blood, is marked by terrifying visitations. If, as A Tale of Two Sisters unfolds, you’re put in mind of a fairy tale—albeit by way of Angela Carter or Tanith Lee—you wouldn’t be wrong; the story is in part based on a Korean folk tale that’s made it to film several times before in that country. Read More »

              Marcelo Motta & José Mojica Marins – A Estranha Hospedaria dos Prazeres AKA The Strange Hostel of Naked Pleasures (1976)

              The events of several travelers who stop at a sinister hostel one stormy night. Read More »