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Theodoros Angelopoulos – Trilogia II: I skoni tou hronou AKA The Dust of Time (2008)

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A, an American film director of Greek ancestry, is making a film that tells his story and the story of his parents. It is a tale that unfolds in Italy, Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, Canada and the USA. The main character is Eleni, who is claimed and claims the absoluteness of love. At the same time the film is a long journey into the vast history and the events of the last fifty years that left their mark on the 20th century. The characters in the film move as though in a dream. The dust of time confuses memories. A searches for them and experiences them in the present. (Written by Theo Angelopoulos) Read More »

Naoto Takenaka – Muno no hito aka Nowhere Man (1991)

Sukezo, a farmer manga comic artist, takes up the art rock business by setting up a shop in a shed by the river. He tries hard to be successful, but business does not go well and the family becomes progressively poorer.
Based on the Manga by Yoshiharu Tsuge. Read More »

Werner Schroeter – Willow Springs [+Extras] (1973)

Schroeter set out to make a film about Marilyn Monroe ten years after her death as a meditation on the new feminism in America. The result was this bizarre chamber melodrama about three women who turn an abandoned shack in the Mojave Desert into a kind of Charles Manson commune. The three lure men to their lair, force them to have sex, then rob and murder them. With a music track that includes Bizet, Yugoslavian folk tunes, the Andrews Sisters and the Blue Ridge Rangers, Schroeter fashions a spectacle of female power which critics have compared to Fassbinder’s The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant and Altman’s Three Women.

– San Francisco Cinematheque Read More »

David Lynch – Blue Velvet (1986)

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The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of psychopathic criminals who have kidnapped her child. Read More »

Yannick Bellon – La femme de Jean (1974)

After 18 years of married life, Jean leaves his wife, Nadine, so that he can start a new life with his mistress, Christine. Nadine is distraught by this rejection and sinks into a deep depression, which she finally manages to overcome with the support of her son, Rémi. She gets herself a job with a law firm and begins a relationship with a likeable engineer named David. With the latter’s help, Nadine resumes her studies and acquires a new lease of life. When Jean returns to her, she sends him away. Read More »

Céline Sciamma – Naissance des pieuvres AKA Water Lilies (2007)

Synopsis
Summer in a new suburb outside Paris. Nothing to do but look at the ceiling. Marie, Anne and Floriane are 15. Their paths cross in the corridors at the local swimming pool, where love and desire make a sudden, dramatic appearance.
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Pina Bausch – Die Klage der Kaiserin AKA The Plaint of the Empress (1990)

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This first film by choreographer Pina Bausch reflects her method of working as developed with the Wuppertal Theatre of Dance during the 1973/74 season. The film does not tell a story, but is made up of various scenes put together as a collage with scenes set in different locations, such as the woods and fields around Wuppertal, the city centre, the suspension railway, a carpet shop, a greenhouse and the rehearsal room. The futility of human activity and the search for love make up the film’s central theme set against the strains of a Silician funeral march. Filmed on location in Wuppertal, Germany, between October 1987 and April 1989. Read More »