Witnessing the Witness: Looking Over a Shoulder at War’s Deprivation
Even if you have never heard of James Nachtwey, the award-winning photojournalist who is the subject of Christian Frei’s new documentary ”War Photographer,” it is likely that you are familiar with his work. For more than two decades Mr. Nachtwey has traveled to places in the world devastated by war, famine and poverty and documented the cruelty and suffering he has found with an devastating, eloquent clarity. He was in Nicaragua at the height of the contra war, in South Africa during the bloody mid-1980’s and in Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide.
Jessye is a young and modern Chinese woman who works for the national tourism office in China. She is sent to a small village in southern Italy to investigate the touristic potential of the region for the booming Chinese tourism industry. Her only contact initially is Franco, a solitary farmer who lives with his animals in the countryside and rents his rooms. In the village she also meets Salvatore, who owns the village pub and dreams of a modern lifestyle. Through these and other people of the region Jessye starts to learn more about the local traditions and their endangered Greek language that now have to face the invasion of the present-day expansionist tourism industry.
Songs of Love and Hate is a sinister drama about the power that children have over their parents – and the power of parents over their children. A universal story about temptation, lying, persuasion and truth. Continue reading
David spends the last of his money on a room at the luxury hotel Waldhaus, where he plans to commit suicide. As part of his final act he invites his unsuspecting brother Gian along, ostensibly to spend his last days with him. Unexpectedly, Gian comes along with his girlfriend Valeria. David’s decision to end his life is constantly with them, and as the trio float through the days at the hotel, they come face to face with their past, unfulfilled dreams and an almost unbearable present. Eventually, Valeria becomes so captivated by David’s suicidal romanticism that the three of them end up in a ménage à trois – either their salvation or the end for each of them. Continue reading
“Dans la ville blanche” was a turning-point in Tanner’s career as a director. Bringing him renewed public acclaim, it’s most striking aspects are silence, stark poetry and sombre melancholy.
It also marked a change in his aesthetic approach. Although escape and the desire for solitude had always been key Tannerian themes, they had previously been developed on a left-wing foundation and characterised by conversation and playful fantasy, a paradise of puns and facetious remarks in which his characters were at home. There is nothing of the kind in this film.
The Swiss director must have been inspired by his younger days in the merchant navy in imagining this portrait of a sailor (sublimely acted by Bruno Ganz) who abandons everything to merge body and soul into Lisbon. At the beginning of the film, Ganz remarks to a barmaid that the clock in her bar is not indicating the right time. She replies: “The clock is right. It’s the world that is wrong.”
An ode to Lisbon and the pursuit of freedom, the film won a César award for Best French Language Film in 1984.
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After a woman has been found by the police she desperately tells her story of being kidnapped, drugged and tortured by Princess Arminda (Lina Romay). For years the police have been trying to shut down Arminda’s sex palace called The Pagoda, but have been unable to get close enough due to her having friends in high places. Now they have found the woman who will help put Arminda away for years.
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Pamela Stanford has a habit of going to bars, picking up men, taking them home & having them fuck her sister Karine Gambier, who she keeps chained & locked up in a cage. On the next day, the men invariably wake up in their cars, not knowing if the whole thing was real at all, & Gambier is told by her sister it didn’t happen at all. Continue reading
At the Coffeeshop at the Bellevue in Zurich, where artists, Poets and easy women hang out, Leni shows up. A girl from the country side. Her husband is in jail, and she is looking for her sister Anni. Since the latter is taking off to Milan with her “friend”, Leni lives in her apartment. She frequently meets the high school teacher Prof Kartmann. When he begins to withdraw from her because his wife begins to suspect an affair, Leni takes up a position in the local Café. She decides to return to her village in oder to wait there for her husband, who, in the meantime, has escaped from the penitentiary.
A Swiss film in the style of the italian Neo-Realism. Continue reading