Neil Jordan – Angel aka Danny Boy (1982)

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Remarkable debut feature from Neil Jordan. Reminds me of Point Blank (Boorman was the executive producer). I really didn’t expect Angel to be so good. Many familiar locations including Bray. Good sparse dialogue. Usual Irish cast including Rea (who resembles Jordan), Lally and McCann. Every scene in this movie works. I particularly liked the brass band behind the van. Read More »

Gustav Ucicky – Café Elektric (1927)

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The Café Elektric has a “mixed” clientele. This is where criminal gigolo Ferdl spends his evenings, but it´s also where men like construction tycoon Göttlinger celebrate a successful business deal with the girls. One of the girls is Hansi who dreams of a better life but remarks that “the likes of us never get out of the Elektric”. Meanwhile Göttlinger´s daughter Erni falls for Ferdl. When he demands money from her she can only steal from her father. Construction engineer Max is concerned over Erni´s possible downfall but covers her. Things change when he meets Hansi. When Ferdl uses a ring stolen by Erni to impress his former girlfriend Hansi, matters get complicated and fates entwine. Read More »

Ferran Audí – The Frost (2009)

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A liberal interpretation of Henrik Ibsen’s play Little Eyolf. When their only son dies from a sudden accident, a rift breaks Alfred and Rita’s seemingly trouble free marriage, and they rush headlong into catastrophe. As they do so, theirs and their friends’ lives are changed for forever. Read More »

Claire Denis – Chocolat (1988)

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A young French woman returns to the vast silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family’s houseboy, Protee – a man of great nobility, intelligence and beauty – and the intricate nature of relationships in a racist society. Read More »

Julian Pölsler – Die Wand aka the Wall (2012)

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A woman inexplicably finds herself cut off from all human contact when an invisible, unyielding wall suddenly surrounds the countryside. Accompanied by her loyal dog Lynx, she becomes immersed in a world untouched by civilization and ruled by the laws of nature. Read More »

Lars von Trier – Medea (1988)

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Lars von Trier´s direction makes this film a shocking look into the disturbed mind of a woman who has been scorned and left. Medea´s revenge is horrible but never unbelievable. She does what every sane person would do, when deprived of all that she loves. The film burns itself into your mind and leaves you with a lasting impression of what human misery can be like. Read More »

Andrei Tarkovsky – Nostalghia AKA Nostalgia (1983)

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How could I have imagined as I was making Nostalghia that the stifling sense of longing that fills the screen space of that film was to become my lot for the rest of my life; that from now until the end of my days I would bear the painful malady within myself?
– Andrei Tarkovsky: Sculpting in Time

SYNOPSIS

Director Andrei Tarkovsky recasts his lifelong cinematic motif of humanity’s quest for faith in the waterlogged and mist-ensconced countryside of Italy for his philosophical masterpiece Nostalghia. Andrei Gorchakov (Oleg Yankovsky) is a misanthropic Russian scholar researching the life of an exiled Russian composer who committed suicide. With the help of his beautiful guide, Eugenia (Domiziana Giordano), Andrei visits mystical and religious sites on the trail of the late composer’s legacy.
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