Documentary

Luigi Di Gianni – Nascita di un culto (1968)

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In a country in the South of Italy, the cult born around the death of a boy, Albert, who each day, from the time of his death, at 8:36, up to 16 “incarnates” in the body of her aunt handing out thanks to the pilgrims. Produced by Corona Cinematografica. Read More »

Denys Arcand – On est au coton AKA Cotton Mill, Treadmill (1976)

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From the Film Reference Library:

One of the most controversial films in Canadian history, On est au coton is an examination of the exploitation and repression of textile workers in Quebec. This National Film Board production, more social inquiry than documentary, contrasts the lives of textile workers and their bosses and places their situation in an historical context by employing footage from old films about the industry. (The title is a pun which literally means “we are in cotton,” but it also connotes “we are fed up.”) Read More »

Paul McGrath – John & Yoko’s Year of Peace (2000)

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It’s 1969 and headlines blare war and civil unrest while John Lennon and Yoko Ono -rock ‘n’ roll’s most eccentric couple- are in love. They have just gotten married,they are happy to be together and they see that the world needs some changew. They announce their mission for peace and they invite the rest of the world to do the same as they do: they are lying on their bed. But people call them silly and naive they see clowns instead of true believers.
John and Yoko just do not care… Read More »

Shunji Iwai – Ichikawa Kon monogatari AKA The Kon Ichikawa Story (2006)

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Summary from yesasia – “It has been three years since pop auteur Iwai Shunji’s last film Hana and Alice, and his latest offering may seem a bit surprising. In a marked departure from his previous youth-centric works, his new film is a documentary about legendary director Ichikawa Kon, whom Iwai cites as one of his greatest influences. In a momentous career spanning over fifty years, 91-year-old Ichikawa Kon has long established himself as one of the great masters of Japanese cinema. A lifetime his junior, 44-year-old Iwai Shunji has, through acclaimed films like Swallowtail Butterfly and All About Lily Chou-Chou, emerged with a distinct voice and language of his own amongst the current generation of filmmakers. Read More »

Pierre Étaix – En pleine forme AKA Healthy Holidays (2010)

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The most memorable gags in this short are the extended initial sequence where Étaix meticulously prepares himself a ‘spit’ of coffee and the sheer fact that, when he reaches the seemingly idyllic camping site eventually, he sees it is being run in a concentration camp fashion: in fact, at the very end, the protagonist has to tunnel his own way out of it! (by MARIO GAUCI) Read More »

Robert E. Fulton – Inca Light (1972)

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Interpretive documentary in Peru featuring Machu Pichu.

“Book-ended by the most awe-inspiring shots of the sky that I’ve literally ever seen, Fulton’s Inca Light might also serve as one of the most impressive ethnographic documents available.”
– M Kitchell (letterboxd) Read More »

Barbet Schroeder – Le vénérable W. AKA The Venerable W. (2017)

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Plot : A view of the religious tensions between Muslims and Buddhist through the portrait of the Buddhist monk Ashin Wirathu, leader of anti-Muslim movement in Myanmar. Read More »