Erik Gandini – Videocracy (2009)

Much has been sad about this documentary, before it’s been shown. Europe outside Italy has its view clear. How is Berlusconi possible? You meet this agent with Mussolini songs in his cell phone. You meet the paparazzi king who with a considerable amount of self irony calls himself a Robin Hood, who takes from the poor and gives to himself. You also meet the 26-year-old worker, still living with his mother, who wants to be famous, combining Ricky Martin songs with karate tricks. Read More »

Hirokazu Koreeda – Wandâfuru raifu aka After Life (1998)

Every Monday morning, a team of advisors welcome in a facility a group of people that has just died with the mission of helping each one of them to select their best memory that will last for the eternity in the first three days. On Thursday, filmmakers begin to recreate the selected memory, and in the end of the week they screen it in a movie theater and he or she moves to Heaven. Read More »

Jack Smight – The Illustrated Man (1969)

Quote:
The Illustrated Man is classic Bradbury, a collection of eighteen startling visions of humankind’s destiny, unfolding across a canvas of decorated skin, visions as keen as the tattooist’s needle and as colorful as the inks that indelibly stain the body. The images, ideas, sounds and scents that abound in this phantasmagoric sideshow are provocative and powerful: the mournful cries of celestial travelers cast out cruelly into a vast space of stars and blackness, the sight of gray dust settling over a forgotten outpost on a road that leads nowhere, the pungent odor of Jupiter on a returning father’s clothing. Here living cities take their vengeance, technology awakens the most primal natural instincts, Martian invasions are foiled by the good life and the glad hand, and dreams are carried aloft in junkyard rockets. Read More »

Axel Corti – Wohin und zurück – Teil 1: An uns glaubt Gott nicht mehr – Ferry oder Wie es war AKA God Does Not Believe in Us Anymore (1982)

Synopsis:
‘Vienna 1938. After Kristallnacht and the murder of his father, Ferry Tobler, a young Viennese Jew flees from the Nazis and profiteers of Vienna. He scrambles for various exit visas and entry permits, and finally arrives in Prague, where he meets an anti-Nazi German soldier who has escaped from Dachau and a sympathetic Czech relief worker. Together with other Jewish refugees, the three make their way to Paris and eventually to Marseille, hoping to sail to a safe port.’
– National Center for Jewish Film Read More »

John Hoffman – The Lone Wolf and His Lady (1949)

If you love old adventure films with dashing rogues like Bulldog Drummond, The Saint, and Boston Blackie – Then the Lone Wolf movies are right up your alley. Read More »

Astrid Henning-Jensen – Kranes konditori AKA Krane’s Bakery Shop (1951)

Quote:
In a small Norwegian coastal town Katinka Stordal supports her children as a seamstress. Her life is one of poverty, loneliness and constant complaints from her customers. One day she meets a Swedish sailor at the local café who helps her find the strength to break free from her daily routine. But her children, ex-husband and neighbors has no tolerance for this kind of untraditional friendship. Read More »

Lars von Trier – Befrielsesbilleder aka Images of a Relief (1982)

IMAGES OF A RELIEF
Written and directed by Lars von Trier. Produced by Per Årman. Photographed by Tom Elling. Edited by Tómas Gislason. Costume Design by Manon Rasmussen. Original Music by Pierre de la Rue. Principal cast: Edward Fleming and Kirsten Olesen.
From Lars von Trier by Jack Stevenson (British Film Institute: London, 2002):
Von Trier’s final Film School production, Befrielsesbilleder (Images of a Relief), shot in 1982, was his graduate project and was not a film audiences would laugh at…. Read More »