Jacques Rivette – Le coup du berger aka Fool’s Mate (1956)

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This short by Jacques Rivette is often cited as the first film of the French New Wave. It was
co-written by Claude Chabrol, Jean-Marie Straub was the assistant director and there are
cameos by François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Chabrol and Rivette himself. Starring
Virginie Vitry, Jacques Doniol-Valcroze and Jean-Claude Brialy.

Claire (Virginie Vitry) is a chic young Parisian woman married to a somewhat older husband,
Claude (Jean-Claude Brialy). As this 28-minute trifle opens, she leaves her husband playing
baroque music at the piano, telling him she is off to see her sister, Solange. In reality she
meets her lover, Jean (Jacques Doniol-Valcroze) at his apartment; after some idle chatter
and love-making he tells her a story of the shriveled heads that the Jivaro indians used to
give their lovers as tokens of affection but as she shivers in disgust, he gives her a mink
instead. How will they hide it from her husband though? An elaborate scheme involving
hiding it at a bus terminal where the husband himself will find it and bring it home is
concocted but alas the husband is wiser than they think… Continue reading

Chris Lavis & Maciek Szczerbowski – Madame Tutli-Putli (2007)

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Madame Tutli-Putli boards the Night Train, weighed down with all her earthly possessions and the ghosts of her past. She travels alone, facing both the kindness and menace of strangers. As day descends into dark, she finds herself caught up in a desperate metaphysical adventure. Adrift between real and imagined worlds, Madame Tutli-Putli confronts her demons and is drawn into an undertow of mystery and suspense. The National Film Board of Canada presents a stunning, stop-motion animated film that takes the viewer on an exhilarating existential journey. The film introduces groundbreaking visual techniques and is supported by a haunting and original score. Painstaking care and craftsmanship in form and detail bring to life a fully imagined, tactile world unlike any you have seen. Jungian thriller? Hitchcockian suspense? Artistic tour de force? The Night Train awaits you. (Written by courtesy of National Film Board of Canada) Continue reading

Various – LUST: 12 SEXY SHORT [+Extras] (1998 – 2003)

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Lust: 12 sexy short brings to light a wide range of cutting-edge films from 8 different countries that takes a humoristic look at the search for pleasure. It’s a discovery of a wide range of low-budget film-making styles that strolls us through a frenetic world that begins with sex for some and ends in separations for others. These films portray experiences that dissolve into a blurry vision of love. Lust is an incomplete inventory – who could pretend otherwise !! – of the different strategies of attack and defense within the permanent struggle against loneliness. Lust shows us a world where although the rules are simple, the winner never adheres to them. (-Lowave) Continue reading

Various – Dirty diaries: 12 shorts of Swedish feminist porn (2009)

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Directed by

  • Tora Mårtens
  • Elin Magnusson
  • Sara Kaaman
  • Ester Martin Bergsmark
  • Nelli, Andreas
  • Åsa Sandzén
  • Malin Erkkonen
  • Pella Kågerman
  • Wolfe Madam
  • Ingrid Ryberg
  • Universal Pussy
  • Joanna Rytel
  • Marit Östberg
  • Jennifer Rainsford

 


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There’s to much to say about each individual movie, but the level of quality is high and most of them has very strong concepts. My favorite is also the first one, “Skin”, directed by Elin Magnusson. It’s a beautifully shot sex scene between a man and a woman all dressed in a skin-colored body stocking. Slowly they cut parts of their body skin open, and in the end there’s nothing left of this shell. Only humans. It’s sexy, erotic is probably the best in this collection of high quality shorts. “Body Contact” was almost scary to see, because it seems so real at first. It’s about a girl who want’s to make a porn movie and films the whole experience together with her friend. They find a man from the southern parts of Sweden and manipulates him to be in the movie. It’s both funny, and even a bit unpleasent. “On Your Back Woman” is a cute wrestling-themed short with three lesbian couple. I think cute is a good word (maybe the director will disapprove there?), but it’s also strong movie with strong love.
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Guy Maddin – Send Me to the ‘Lectric Chair (2009)

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Rotterdam 2009: Guy Maddin Will “Send Me To the ‘Lectric Chair”
By R. Emmet Sweeney on 01/29/2009
Guy Maddin, courtesy of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, 2009

Guy Maddin is a hoarder of uncanny images, from the candy-colored Alpine tableaus of “Careful” to the frozen horse heads of last year’s “My Winnipeg.” A commission from the Rotterdam Film Festival centers around another: Isabella Rossellini blasted out of an electric chair. It’s the basis for his new short film, “Send Me to the ‘Lectric Chair,” part of the Urban Screens series at the festival, which is projecting three works onto office buildings throughout the city. It’s an archetypal Maddin film, conflating sex, death and film history in a manic seven minutes. I spoke with him at the festival about the new work, collage parties, Thomas Edison and the hazards of Dutch public transit.

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