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Stéphane Lafleur – En terrains connus AKA Familiar Ground (2011)

Benoit and Maryse: a brother and sister with seemingly normal lives. Everything is changed by a series of coincidences… and the arrival of a man claiming to come from the future. Read More »

Raoul Ruiz – The Golden Boat (1990)

“The Golden Boat, the first American production from internationally acclaimed director Raoul Ruiz, is a dry-humored, surreal tale set in downtown Manhattan. Young writer Israel Williams (Federico Muchnik) encounters a wounded man on the street. Though he has been stabbed several times over, the man seems unaffected by his wounds and refuses to go to a doctor. Instead, he asks Israel to help find his estranged son. Israel reluctantly agrees but is met with disbelief and suspicion from the supposed son, a South American television star. Things become dangerously complicated when the old man proves to be a murderer with shady criminal and political connections. Read More »

Manoel de Oliveira – O Princípio da Incerteza AKA The Uncertainty Principle (2002)

Social class, prideful martyrdom, and a dollop of beautifully expansive landscape weave a tale of operatic proportions, both by plot and physically exhaustive standards, in veteran Manoel de Oliveira’s latest exploration of motivation. Marrying for money instead of childhood love, Camila (Leonor Baldaque) naïvely assumes the supposed epic and selfless attributes of Joan of Arc to deal with her husband’s infidelity and the consistent treatment of being irrelevant to the very people that encouraged the doomed match. Read More »

Valeska Grisebach – Sehnsucht aka Longing (2006)

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The second feature of German director Valeska Grisebach is one of the pleasant surprises of the Berlin Competition here – a quietly unassuming tale of marital infidelity told in a brisk 90 minutes that is unexpectedly packed with a raw emotional power. It derives that power as much from the non-professional actors’ performances as from Grisebach’s austere approach to the material. Sehnsucht (Longing) is one of those rare films for which the overused axiom “less is more” is totally justified. With her latest feature, Grisebach could give the Dardenne brothers a run for their money. Read More »

Sasha Waters Freyer – Garry Winogrand: All Things are Photographable (2018)

A documentary about an important American still photographer who captured New York City in the 1960s (his work there is said to have influenced the TV show Mad Men) and later the West in Texas and Los Angeles.

Slant Magazine wrote:

Detailing Garry Winogrand’s rise to prominence in the 1960s photographing the streets of New York and later Texas and California, Garry Winogrand: All Things Are Photographable also covers various epochs in the American art world and politics and culture at large. As the documentary reminds us, Winogrand started his career in the ‘50s as a freelance photojournalist and advertising photographer. Read More »

Audrius Stonys – The Bell (2007)

According to the recorded narrations, 300 years ago, during the Lithuanian-Swedish war, the bell of Plateliai church belfry was taken down and was being carried over the ice of the frozen lake when the ice broke near the Castle island and the bell sank. Read More »

Étienne Chatiliez – Tatie Danielle (1990)

Danielle (Tsilla Chelton) is an embittered elderly widow who literally nags and works her equally elderly companion-cum-housekeeper Odile (Neige Dolsky) to death. Danielle finds new targets for her extremely selfish, hurtful and resolutely anti-social behaviour when arrangements are made for her to move in with her great nephew Jean-Pierre (Eric Prat) and his family. When the family take a well earned holiday abroad, a live-in carer called Sandrine (Isabelle Nanty) is employed to look after Danielle. Sandrine is just as cynical, unsympathetic and uncaring as Danielle and their common world-view results in the pair striking up a happy friendship of sorts. However, the two malcontents soon fall out and a furious Danielle effects an extremely petulant act of revenge. Read More »