Edgardo Cozarinsky – Citizen Langlois (1994)

Citizen Langlois by Edgardo Cozarinsky is an essayistic documentary about Henri Langlois, founder and head of the Cinémathèque française until his death in 1977. I recently rewatched this along with Jacques Richard’s much longer documentary (which is also on the tracker –here–) and liked it even better than the time I saw it first at the Berlin festival some years ago.
The movie mostly consists of archive footage, showing Langlois, the musée du cinéma, collaborators and famous actors and directors. The events around the Affaire Langlois in 1968 take some time here, too, but Cozarinsky succeeds in finding a different angle to focus on Langlois and cinéphilia in general. Read More »

James N. Kienitz Wilkins – The Republic (2017)

A confederation of aging libertarians open their borders to the wealthy young widow of a traitor in order to survive winter.

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The world premiere of an audacious new film by Wilkins, a Whitney Biennial 2017 selected artist. A unique cinematic experience, it blurs the lines between film, theater, radio, podcasts & gallery installations as its images fade from black to white and we hear an epic drama of utopian ideals tested. Read More »

Juan Sebastian Jacome – Cenizas AKA Ashes (2018)

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As Cotopaxi spews ash, issuing an eerie penumbra over Quito, a young woman confronts dormant familial conflicts. Desperate for a place to store her things as volcanic disaster looms, Caridad turns to her long-estranged father Galo for help. Galo abandoned Caridad’s mother long ago and is eager to make amends, but questions concerning the nature of his transgressions linger, straining communication between father and daughter and casting grave doubts over the possibility of reconciliation. Read More »

Gerd Kroske – SPK Komplex AKA SPK Complex (2018)

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The anti-psychiatric Socialist Patients’ Collective (SPK) was founded in Heidelberg in 1970 and attributed individual suffering to society’s capitalist structures. It began as a self-organized experiment in group therapy led by doctor Wolfgang Huber with psychiatric patients, featuring Hegel readings and individual agitation, before subsequently radicalizing, which ended in criminal proceedings against its members, some of whom went underground with the Red Army Faction. Read More »

Shu Lea Cheang – I.K.U. (2000)

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Reiko is a sex robot programmed to accumulate sexual experience. She goes through seven body types to experiences a variety of couplings. She returns to the company to download her accumulated info and escape from their control. Read More »

Ragnar Bragason – Foreldrar AKA Parents (2007)

Foreldrar was the big winner at the Eddas ceremony (the yearly Icelandic film prize) winning a total of six Eddas.

In modern day Reykjavik, dark secrets come to light when an unhappy dentist, a lovelorn businessman and a young mother fleeing her troubled past meet by chance.

Inspired by the largely improvisational, collaborative methods of Jean-Luc Godard, John Cassavetes and Mike Leigh. In conjunction with actors from the Icelandic theatrical troupe Vesturport, who based their characters on real people, director Ragnar Bragason has produced an unsentimental dramatic study of parenthood in all its potential for fulfillment, suffering and self-discovery. Read More »

Christopher Sykes – Fun to Imagine – with Richard Feynman (1983)

It’s basically just Feynman sitting in his armchair (in his Pasadena, CA, home), talking on different topics in his fascinating inimitable way.

Topics include: jiggling atoms, fire, pushing and pulling, rubber bands, ice, magnets, electricity … and others. Read More »