The russian term “Pravda” means “truth” and also the name of the official newspaper in the USSR. The Dziga Vertov group —Jean-Luc Godard and Jean-Henri Roger— departs from this double meaning to, with images from Czechslovaquia (a czechslovaquian tv presenter, daily life scenes, workers and czechslovaquian passer-bys) show how images and sounds can lie to the spectator and to proof, at the same time, that capitalism is still strongly present in the eastern countries. Continue reading
Set in the year 1590, the story follows Hendrick Goltzius (Ramsey Nasr) and his crew of writers, workers and performers as they arrive in Colmar at the palace of a rich and powerful margrave (Abraham), who the engraver hopes will finance a printing press he can use to publish illustrated versions of the Old Testament and the works of Ovid. In order to seal the deal, Goltzius needs to titillate the nobleman and his court with live renditions of what he refers to as the ?Six Sexual Taboos,? beginning with Adam and Eve?s original sin and covering such transgressions as incest (via the Genesis passages on Lot and his daughters), prostitution (through the tale of Samson and Delilah) and necrophilia (in the story of St. John the Baptiste and Salome). Continue reading
Fate brings together two unhappy people in this drama from Turkish filmmaker Tayfun Pirselimoğlu. Hamdi makes and sells wigs from a small shop in Istanbul. Hamdi isn’t much of a businessman, and doesn’t care much about his shop — or anything else for that matter since he was diagnosed with cancer. One day, a middle-aged woman named Meryem comes into Hamdi’s shop; she has long and beautiful hair, and informs him that she wants to sell it. Hamdi is struck by the woman’s barely concealed anger and sadness, and he wants to know more about her. Continue reading
Calanda is a town in the province of Teruel, in Aragon, Spain. It lies on the southern fringe of the Ebro river basin, at the confluence of the Guadalope and Guadalopillo rivers.
The climate is transitional between Mediterranean and Continental. Its economy is based in agriculture, especially peaches and olives, both having a Protected Designation of Origin, Melocoton de Calanda in the case of the peach production and Aceite del Bajo Aragon in the case of the olive oil, other agricultural produce are almonds and other fruits and residual cereal production. It was the hometown of Spanish film director Luis Buñuel. Continue reading
A liberal interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s play Little Eyolf. When their only son dies from a sudden accident, a rift breaks Alfred and Rita’s seemingly trouble free marriage, and they rush headlong into catastrophe. As they do so, theirs and their friends’ lives are changed for forever. Continue reading
The Social Democratic party was originally founded as the political arm of German Marxism. Extremely successful in mobilizing support in the working class, it was almost from the first torn by a question it never successfully resolved. Was the purpose of the party to advance the cause of the working class through legal, democratic means, or as it simply to represent those interests as best it could until capitalism collapsed from its contradictions and gave way to socialism? This debate continued more or less up until the defining moment for European socialism, the outbreak of World War I, and it is this context that ROSA LUXEMBURG dramatizes. The right-wing of the party, which believed in legal means, like their counterparts across Europe sided with their national governments and voted in favor of war. These right wing socialists were also entrusted with leading the German state after the Armistice. Continue reading
The film’s main hero is Chermen. An illegitimate son, Chermen is striving to assert his dignity. He is opposed by Dacco, the elder of the Aldar clan, in whose village Chermen lives. Guided by mercenary motives, Dacco strikes a deal with Prince Tsarai. Together, they rob people and then divide the loot between themselves.
By some chance, Chermen learns of the deal and informs his friends about it. At first, he thinks that no one in the Aldar village would believe him, the bastard, and that the plot would remain unexposed. But the friends accept the challenge. Continue reading