Daniele Luchetti – Mio fratello è figlio unico aka My Brother Is an Only Child (2007)


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Synopsis:
Two brothers are divided by matters of love and politics in this feature by a former actor and assistant director for Nanni Moretti.
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Lynne Ramsay – Morvern Callar [+Extras] (2002)

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By Elbert Ventura

From its nearly silent opening passages to its exhilarating and enigmatic capper, Morvern Callar announces itself as the product of a singular sensibility. A tone poem for the rave generation, Lynne Ramsay’s latest film may be easier to admire than to like, but there’s no denying it establishes her as a filmmaker of tremendous promise. This follow-up to Ramsay’s acclaimed debut, Ratcatcher, is a kaleidoscopic immersion, as unknowable and magnetic as its titular heroine. Played by the superb Samantha Morton, Morvern is a cipher, at once strangely disconnected and thrillingly alive. Following the suicide of her boyfriend, she takes an unorthodox path, appropriating his recently finished novel as her own and using the money he left behind to go on a vacation with her best friend, Lanna (Kathleen McDermott). Morvern’s impulsive wanderings, which ultimately alienate even the free-spirited Lanna, come across less as inexplicable whimsy than as the pure expression of a generation’s existential restlessness. Steeped in cool solipsism, Ramsay’s movie privileges sensation over sense: at its best, it’s a captivating mosaic of color, music, and mood. In its opacity, Morvern Callar may seem to some a willful exercise in audience frustration. Those who surrender to Ramsay’s rough poetry, however, will find the movie a transporting experience.
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Mark Cousins – Moviedrome: Videodrome (1999)

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Mark Cousins’ introduction to Cronenbergs Videodrome.
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Barbet Schroeder – More (1969) (HD)

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Stefan (Klaus Grünberg) hitchhikes to Paris and there at a party meets Estelle (Mimsy Farmer), a beautiful but elusive American. Soon afterwards, she leaves for Ibiza and an already smitten Stefan vows to follow her, but he has to help out in a robbery to raise the cash to do so. Finally, he meets up again with Estelle and the two become lovers. In an atmosphere of easy sex, nude sunbathing and lots of drugs, Stefan\’s hold on his life begins to crumble.
More was Barbet Schroeder\’s directorial debut and it set the Iranian-born, French-national writer, director, producer and occasional actor on a fascinatingly wayward career. He has made films all over the world, often tackling \’difficult\’ subject matter (drugs here, sadomasochism in Maitresse, also available as a DVD from the BFI). Unfortunately the last decade or so has been spent making increasingly routine material in Hollywood. Read More »

Saeed Ebrahimifar – Nar-o-nay AKA Pomegranate and Reed (1989)

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Hunting for interesting subjects, a photographer, who is to produce images for a play being staged very soon, comes across an old man who has just had a heart attack, and tries to save the man’s life. The effort to determine the old man’s identity launches the photographer on a journey of imagination full of nostalgic remembrances. ‘I opened a door, and remained under the burden of my father’s heritage. Reed-pen, ink-pot and a pen dipped into honey and love, and a shadow of my father’s hands in the cupboard…’ Read More »

Costa-Gavras – Z [+Extras] (1969)

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A pulse-pounding political thriller, Greek expatriate director Costa-Gavras’s Z was one of the cinematic sensations of the late sixties, and remains among the most vital dispatches from that hallowed era of filmmaking. This Academy Award winner—loosely based on the 1963 assassination of Greek left-wing activist Gregoris Lambrakis—stars Yves Montand as a prominent politician and doctor whose public murder amid a violent demonstration is covered up by military and government officials; Jean-Louis Trintignant is the tenacious magistrate who’s determined not to let them get away with it. Featuring kinetic, rhythmic editing, Raoul Coutard’s expressive vérité photography, and Mikis Theodorakis’s unforgettable, propulsive score, Z is a technically audacious and emotionally gripping masterpiece. Read More »

Craig Johnson – True Adolescents (2009)


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Craig Johnson’s poised and poignant first feature follows Sam (Mark Duplass), an, unbeknownst to him, washed-up rocker in the early stages of haggard. Jobless and apartment-less, he crashes with his aunt (a compassionate Melissa Leo) as a last resort and becomes reluctant camping-trip chaperone to her teenage son and a pal. That the three males are on par, maturity-wise, makes for engaging ensemble juvenilia. But in the stirring Pacific Northwest wilderness a surprising discovery turns dire — and the distance from boy to man must be covered overnight. Duplass’s ballsy and at times balls-out performance is a winner, particularly when Sam at long last takes stock of himself: it ain’t pretty. Read More »