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Daniel Schmid – La Paloma (1974)

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When you play with clichés, you have to be very careful that they don’t backfire; the little things have a way of maiming almost everything around them.

Daniel Schmid’s “La Paloma” — which was shown last night and to be repeated tonight at the New York Film Festival — is intentionally crammed with cultural chestnuts, and also makes a heavy pass at the plots of “Camille” and “La Traviata.” Kitsch and camp collide in this storm of pity and terror and wonder, which seethes with boundless love, burning glances, and unfathomable revenge. Read More »

Jacqueline Zünd – Almost There (2016)

Three men, three continents: Bob, an American, Steve, a Brit and Yamada, who is Japanese, dare to take on new beginnings and personal journeys – in the autumn of their life. Impressive cinema with images that remind us of the loneliness and melancholy in Wim Wenders’ films.

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It’s evening in an empty parking lot, and we see the motorhome in which a retired man will go on a long journey and leave his old life behind. He runs through a checklist of all the things that need to be done before he leaves his hometown. Although clearly a metaphor for taking stock as the end of life approaches, it is used with subtlety. Read More »

Jean-Claude Rousseau – Une Vie Risquée (2018)

Short film commissioned by the Cinemathèque Suisse to celebrate Jean-Marie Straub’s 85th birthday. Directed by Jean-Claude Rousseau.

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Jean-Luc Godard – Le livre d’image AKA The Image Book (2018) (HD)

IMDB wrote:
Nothing but silence.
Nothing but a revolutionary song.
A story in five chapters like the five fingers of a hand. Read More »

Christian Frei – War Photographer (2001)

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. Read More »

Daniel Schmid – Das geschriebene Gesicht AKA The Written Face (1995)

In Japanese theater women’s roles are traditionally played by men. The man playing the woman’s role, the Onnagata, does not imitate the woman, as in the West, but tries to capture her significance. He need not stick close to his model, but draws far more from his own identity – a shift of value takes place, which is nonetheless not a step beyond.

THE WRITTEN FACE is an attempt to offer an insight into the Japanese Kabuki star Tamasaburo Bando, one of the last defenders of this ancient and disappearing performing tradition. The film consists of four continuous acts: Read More »

Séverine Cornamusaz – Cyanure AKA Cyanide (2013)

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Recently released from prison, Joe meets his son Achille for the first time; an explosive encounter for both the gangster and the adolescent. Achille, who lives alone with his mother and dreams of reconciling his parents will discover the real nature of his long time idolized father. Will this vulnerable man with his turbulent history be able to keep the promise he gave to his son, namely never again to be separated from him? Read More »