Ziva, Andrej and Gregor are best friends since high school. Gregor is a soldier who is about to embark on a mission to Afghanistan and Ziva is going to study abroad. Andrej is their gay friend who hates everything, himself included. They decide to go to a road trip to the seaside like they did when they were in high school. When they arrive, they get drunk and Ziva and Gregor kiss each other, what brings tension to their relationship, while Andrej doesn’t know anything and just makes fun of everything, mostly of Gregor and his army ideals. The conflict erupts when Ziva, in a fit of rage, destroys their tent and tells a secret that enrages Andrej. Only then the true problem is revealed – Ziva is not going to study abroad, she was lying because she didn’t want to pity her. Continue reading Nejc Gazvoda – Izlet AKA A Trip (2011)
A housemaid working in an exclusive gated community in the outskirts of Buenos Aires embarks on a journey of sexual and mental liberation in a nudist swinger-club.
Nodding to Greek Weird Wave’s godfather Lanthimos and Austrian provocateur Seidl, Valenta Rinner finds a voice of his own depicting Argentina’s class tensions in this hilariously deadpan social satire. A perfect blend of mordant humour, formal meticulousness, eccentric anarchy and nudist tableaux. Continue reading Lukas Valenta Rinner – Los decentes AKA A Decent Woman (2016)
A woman who has long had a stifling marriage in a boring province. She has an affair with a traveling photographer, follows him to Paris, and then has a series of unsatisfactory but interesting relationships, one of which is with a woman. Continue reading Michel Mardore – Le mariage à la mode (1973)
The Great Consoler is Lev Kuleshov’s most personal film reflecting both the facts of his life and his thoughts about the place of the artist in contemporary reality. It was the only film in the Soviet cinema of those years that raised the question of what role a creative person played in society.
The film takes place in America in 1899, and in its principal plot depicts Bill Porter, who is the great consoler of the title, in prison. His writing skills earn him privileges from the governor and he is spared the inhumane treatment meted out to other prisoners. Porter is very much aware of the brutality around him but, mindful of his better conditions, refuses to write about prison life. He prefers to console his less-well-treated friends, and indeed all his readers, with excessively romantic fantasies in which good invariably triumphs. Continue reading Lev Kuleshov – Velikiy uteshitel aka The Great Consoler (1933)
In France in the near future, revolt and chaos erupt. A right-wing politician, Philippe Muphand, is set to take control when his lady friend Caroline walks out, announcing she will take up with the first fool she sees. The fool is Serge Laine, a professor and author of the prize-winning “Le voyage qui ne finit pas,” headed to the train station for tickets to Barcelona where he and his wife will enjoy a second honeymoon and he will lecture at the university. Caroline seduces Serge, and he soon abandons wife, family, job, and honesty to embrace Caroline, the romanticism of Jack London, and murder. Continue reading Luc Béraud – Plein sud AKA Heat of Desire (1981)
The performance of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar comes to an end and the performers are rewarded with rapturous applause. The lights go out; the actors leave the stage and return to their cells. They are all inmates of the Roman maximum security prison Rebibbia. One of them comments: ‘Ever since I discovered art this cell has truly become a prison’. Continue reading Paolo Taviani & Vittorio Taviani – Cesare deve morire (2012)
Private Fears in Public Places, (French: Cœurs (“Hearts”), is a 2006 French film directed by Alain Resnais. It was adapted from Alan Ayckbourn’s play Private Fears in Public Places. The film won several awards, including a Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival.
In Paris, six people all look for love, despite typically having their romantic aspirations dashed at every turn.
For the second time in his career Alain Resnais turned to an Alan Ayckbourn play for his source material (having previously adapted another play for Smoking/No Smoking), and remained close to the original structure while transferring the setting and milieu from provincial England to the 13th arrondissement of Paris (contrary to his usual preference). Continue reading Alain Resnais – Coeurs AKA Private Fears In Public Places (2006)