Short Film

Cecilia Mangini – La Canta delle marane AKA Le Chant des fosses (1961)

A short film between fiction and documentary by long-time director Cecilia Mangini (still alive today) and written by Pier Paolo Pasolini. An unknown masterpiece.

Par une chaude journée d’été, une bande de garçons de la banlieue de Rome jouent et rient dans une des nombreuses rivières qui entourent la ville. La caméra les scrute, les approche, révèle les gestes et les regards, et les enveloppe d’une sorte de danse visuelle, tandis que les mots du commentaire – confié à la sensibilité poétique de Pier Paolo Pasolini – racontent les histoires, les désirs, les rêves, l’avenir Read More »

Aleksandr Petrov – Moya Lyubov aka My Love (2006)

Synopsis:
Moya lyubov (My Love) is the latest breathtaking animation by Aleksandr Petrov, using his conventional technique of paint-on-glass, a very painstaking and time consuming technique (Moya Lyubov took 5 years to make) but also a very rewarding one, always a visual treat. Based on “A Love Story” (1927) by Ivan Shmelyov, it tells the story of Anton, a sixteen year old high-school student, high on romanticism and heroism, searching for his beloved, to whom he’ll give his first feelings. Read More »

Amit Dutta – Drawn From Dreams (2019)

Synopsis
An eighteenth century notebook from the Western Himalayan Hills has recorded in it dreams as omens. Scenes from the waking memory of the artist seem to have enlivened dreams from a bygone era.

Coming from the family ateliers of the master painter Nainsukh of Guler, this journal of dreams is interesting not only for its ethnographical documentation but also for the excellent artistic qualities of the illustrations, underlined delightfully with sound and rhythm by the director Amit Dutta. Read More »

Claude Miller – La question ordinaire (1969)

Chains, a hook, white walls. A young woman came to film a man who is tortured … A relentless indictment. Read More »

James N. Kienitz Wilkins – Indefinite Pitch (2016)

Framed as a pathetic movie pitch set in Berlin, Indefinite Pitch points toward unconscious and elusive influences in life and in cinema mimicked by the rising and falling sonic frequency that, like an alarm, has an extremely indefinite pitch. Read More »

Werner Herzog – Die Große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner aka The Great Ecstasy of the Woodcarver Steiner (1974)

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Werner Herzog’s The Great Ecstacy of Woodcarver Steiner is a glimpse of a man who is quite amazing at his gift of ski-jumping- he’s the world record holder at the time of filming (and a record he actually tops over himself more than once)- and how he’s all the more impressive because of his humble attitude towards the activity. He’s a woodcarver as his other profession, but has it as his primary obsession to fly, to get whisked away someplace that is of his design but not entirely of his control. Read More »

Martín Rejtman – Shakti (2019)

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Federico, in his mid-20s, lives alone in Buenos Aires. The day his grandmother dies, he decides to part with his girlfriend. He fears hurting her. However, she is laid-back, feisty and not even close to feeling hurt. He begins obsessing over her unexpected reaction—but then he meets someone else. Condensing all the fine irony, absurdist humour, and unassuming warmth that defines Martín Rejtman work into only 19 minutes, Shakti is a delightful minimalist gem. Read More »