Yves Jeuland – Les gens du Monde (2014)

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While newspapers have to face the important challenges caused by the raise of blogs, tweets and other Internet revolutions, this film offers an insider look at the work of the journalists from the political department of the French newspaper “The World” during the French presidential campaign of 2012. Following the journalists within their offices or on the field, the film allows us to witness the great debates happening behind the walls of this famous daily, which will soon celebrate its 70th anniversary.

As privileged spectators of the oppositions and tensions within the editorial team, we share the enthusiasm and laughs of the journalists, their tiredness and doubts, and all the daily life of a daily newspaper. Continue reading

Daniel Gordon – North Korea World Cup 1966 (2014)

Eusebio scores four goals to help Portugal come back from 3-0 down to defeat underdogs North Korea 5-3 at Everton’s Goodison Park in the 1966 World Cup quarter-finals.

The football legend has died at the age of 71.

Widely considered one of the best players of all-time, he scored 733 times in 745 professional matches

Even in defeat, the North Koreans were, by now, undoubted ambassadors for their country. The warmth was shared on both sides.

When Dan Gordon visited the players in North Korea, they were eager to return to Middlesborough. But were they just victims of a Communist system that had driven them to do well?

Not according to Dan Gordon, who says that modern football has only just caught up with the fast-paced style that the Koreans played:

“Football in 1966 was incredibly slow, and nowadays teams play like the Koreans did in 1966… I wouldn’t call them victims at all… they were visionaries.” Continue reading

Robert J. Flaherty & Richard Lyford & Curt Oertel – The Titan: Story of Michelangelo (1950)

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Imdb says:
The life and works of the great artist Michelangelo Buonarroti are shown against the historical background of his time. It begins with his earliest artworks, and follows his life and career as he achieves lasting fame. The documentary includes detailed looks at some of the artist’s most renowned creations. Continue reading

Adam Curtis – Bitter Lake (2015)

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Politicians used to have the confidence to tell us stories that made sense of the chaos of world events. But now there are no big stories and politicians react randomly to every new crisis – leaving us bewildered and disorientated.

Bitter Lake is a new, adventurous and epic film by Adam Curtis that explains why the big stories that politicians tell us have become so simplified that we can’t really see the world any longer.

The narrative goes all over the world, America, Britain, Russia and Saudi Arabia – but the country at the heart of it is Afghanistan. Because Afghanistan is the place that has confronted our politicians with the terrible truth – that they cannot understand what is going on any longer. Continue reading

Angela Gallardo Bernal – 10 Days In North Korea (2013)

10 Days in North Korea takes the audience on a trip around Pyongyang, the focal point of power for the North Korean regime, to speak with citizens of what the filmmakers consider a very interesting “social experiment” that has been going on for about seventy years.

The film kicks off by demonstrating the allegiance of the Pyongyang workforce – interviews with an accomplished biologist and a few factory workers convey a genuine high opinion of “Grand Marshal” Kim Jong-un and enthusiasm towards contributing to the regime’s collective productivity. The terminology used to describe the government’s control over their daily lives is they are being “protected.” Continue reading

Pierre Léon – Phantom Power (2014)

It is not yet on IMDb.

Not much info about this movie on the web, but this is a good summary:

Created at irregular intervals, Pierre Léon’s small oeuvre oscillates between experimental home movie and theatrical mise-en-scène, found footage and documentary assemblages. PHANTOM POWER is a kind of sum of these rich and lavish efforts, a poetic series of cinematic fragments, an inventory of his cinematic output. What unfolds between russian folk songs and Ingrid Caven’s singing, between micro-dramas and found footage, is the poetic world of this wayward and still unknown artist, whose discovery and recognition is long overdue. (www.viennale.at) Continue reading