2011-2020

Chantal Akerman – La folie Almayer AKA Almayer’s Folly (2011)

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“Liberally adapted,” per onscreen credits, from Joseph Conrad’s first, same-named novel, helmer Chantal Akerman’s interpretation of “Almayer’s Folly” is as eccentric as “La Captive,” her take on Proust. Unfortunately, it’s not as disciplined as that earlier work, and this tale of a French colonialist’s fraught relationship with his mixed-race daughter seems thrown together on a low budget with a too-breezy disregard for cultural specifics. After a powerful opening scene and reasonably strong first act, the pic slowly leaks air. Helmer’s rep should ensure polite interest from fests and niche distribs with a track record of releasing Akerman’s work. Read More »

Yimou Zhang – Gui lai AKA Coming Home [+Extras] (2014)

Lu and Feng are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. He finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife no longer recognizes him. Read More »

Shin’ya Tsukamoto – Kotoko (2011)

Synopsis:
When a single mother suffers a nervous breakdown, she is suspected of child abuse and her child is taken away. Her mental suffering escalates as she succumbs to her darkest fantasies. Read More »

Yi’nan Diao – Nan Fang Che Zhan De Ju Hui AKA The Wild Goose Lake (2019)

SYNOPSIS
Set in the nooks and crannies of densely populated Wuhan, The Wild Goose Lake follows the desperate attempts of small-time mob boss Zhou Zenong to stay alive after he mistakenly kills a cop and a dead-or-alive reward is put on his head. Read More »

Peter Tscherkassky – The Exquisite Corpus (2015)

Synopsis:
The Exquisite Corpus is based on various erotic films and advertising rushes. I play on the “cadavre exquis” technique used by the Surrealists, drawing disparate body parts constellating magical creatures. Myriad fragments are melted into a single sensuous, humorous, gruesome, and ecstatic dream. Read More »

Eisuke Naitô – Sensei wo ryûzan saseru-kai AKA Let’s Make the Teacher Have a Miscarriage Club (2011)

Let’s Make the Teacher Have a Miscarriage Club is a Japanese movie written and directed by Eisuke Naito. It was screened at the Nippon Connection Film Festival on April 30, 2011 and released by Spotted Productions in Japan on May 26, 2012.

Based on true events, the movie revolves around a group of junior high school students who attempt to make their pregnant teacher suffer a miscarriage. Mizuki (Kaori Kobayashi) is the ringleader of the group as she and her friends come up with a bunch of sadistic “pranks” to play against their homeroom teacher Sawako. Read More »

Jorge Jácome – Flores (2017)

In a natural crisis scenario, the entire population of Azores is forced to evict due to an uncontrolled plague of hydrangeas, a common flower in these islands. Two young soldiers, bound to the beauty of the landscape, guide us to the stories of sadness of those forced to leave and the inherent desire to resist by inhabiting the islands. The filmic wandering becomes a nostalgic and political reflection on territorial belonging and identity, and the roles we assume in the places we came from. Read More »