Performance

Pipilotti Rist – Pepperminta (2009)

Pepperminta is an anarchist of the imagination. She lives in a futuristic rainbow villa and according to her own rules. Colors are the young woman’s best friends and strawberries are her pets. She knows the most amazing remedies to free people of their fears. Pepperminta’s wish is for everyone to see the world in her favorite colors. Werwen , a young plump and shy man yet whose sex appeal Pepperminta finds highly attractive, and the beautiful Edna, who talks to tulips, join her on her passionate mission. These three musketeers of a different kind set out to fight for a more humane world. Wherever the gang appears, everything is turned upside down and people’s lives are transformed in the most miraculous and wondrous of ways. Read More »

Julian Schnabel – Lou Reed’s Berlin (2007)

Excerpt from the NFO:
Lou Reed co-founder of The Velvet Underground and the man behind such iconic rock songs as Sweet Jane and Walk on the Wild Side stars in one of the most satisfying concert films (Lee Marshall, Screen International) in decades. Oscar-nominated director Julian Schnabel (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly) captures this historic moment in time, as Reed performed his legendary 1973 album, Berlin, live for the first time. Rocking horns, soulful guitar and the angelic voices of the Brooklyn Youth Chorus bring Reed s devastatingly honest lyrics to full life in this exceptionally strong performance. Read More »

Teat(r)o Oficina – Ensaio de Macumba Antropófaga AKA Antropofaga Makumba (2018)

One of Brazil’s most internationally famous and most important performance companies, Teatro Oficina began its life in 1958 as an amateur company of students from the law school at Largo de São Francisco in São Paulo, adopting the name Associação Teat(r)0 Uzyna Uzona in 1971. Led by Zé Celso, the company set out to create a theatrical form radically different from the elitist and nationalist theatre companies of the day.

Housed in an extraordinary theatre space in central São Paulo designed by visionary architect Lina Bo Bardi, the company continues to produce some of Brazil’s most exciting and radical theatre work. Read More »

Stephen Nomura Schible – Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda (2017)

One of the most important artists of our era, Ryuichi Sakamoto’s career spans from techno-pop stardom to Oscar-winning composer and anti-nuclear activist. This intimate portrait explores Sakamoto’s return to music following a cancer diagnosis, leading to the creation of a haunting new masterpiece. Read More »

Albert Serra – Cuba Libre (2013)



In this short named for the cocktail ordered at the hotel bar of Fassbinder’s BEWARE OF A HOLY WHORE, a singer serenades a small crowd in a moody nightclub who all look the part of Fassbinder characters—if not of Fassbinder himself. Serra pays homage not by mimicking Fassbinder’s style but rather by alchemically conjuring the people, places, and modes of performance most identified with him. Read More »

Albert Serra – Roi Soleil (2018)



Louis XIV is no newcomer to Albert Serra’s filmography, the hero of his latest opus to date, THE DEATH OF LOUIS XIV (2016). ROI SOLEIL features a twin, even though, in the game of differences, it turns out that there are quite a few. Instead of Jean-Pierre Léaud, a non-professionnal actor whom Serra already worked with in his first films. Read More »

Les Blank – The Blues Accordin’ to Lightin’ Hopkins (1970)


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The great Texas bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins is captured brilliantly in this deeply moving film. Blank reveals Lightnin’s inspiration, and features a generous helping of classic blues. Includes performances at an outdoor barbeque and a black rodeo; and a visit to his boyhood town of Centerville, Texas. This powerful portrait is among Blank’s special masterworks. Read More »