Uri Rosenberg – Librarians (2019)

Librarians documents communities and librarians struggling to preserve books and the culture of reading in the digital age. Will they succeed? How do libraries function these days ad are they able to adapt to changes? What will be the fate of printed books? The movie exposes the unique characters and fascinating life stories of librarians and enthusiastic readers, who are still in need of the smell and touch of books, and the stories and history of the small and remote settlements, mainly Kibbutzim (collective settlements) in the Negev region, in which they live and operate. Read More »

William A. Wellman – Beggars of Life [+commentaries] (1928)

After killing her treacherous step-father, a girl tries to escape the country with a young vagabond. She dresses as a boy, they hop freight trains, quarrel with a group of hobos, and steal a car in their attempt to escape the police, and reach Canada. Read More »

Karsten Krause & Philip Widmann – Szenario (2014)

The contents of a black briefcase lead us into a superficially well-ordered life in West Germany in 1970, in a city that can be seen as representative of the entire country. In this briefcase: the meticulous documentation of an affair between the small business owner Hans and his secretary Monika. Read More »

Alain Mazars – Rouges Silences (1979)

Here the codes are both amplified and distanced by an expressionist plastic that for the first time perhaps in Expressionism, takes humor into account. Some very close-ups of flowers, insects, are reminiscent of the prose of a Caillois that I did not know until this film equivalent cinema. There is a double movement in this film. At the same time, a sort of restraint of the plans and a bulimia, a frenzy to film, perhaps this is what mainly troubles us and takes us into a way of seeing that was unknown to us. Read More »

Kianoush Ayari – Abadani-ha AKA The Abadanis (1993)

The car of a war refugee who is now living in Tehran is stolen. He with the help of his son begins a desperate search for finding his stolen car. Meanwhile he meets a man who can help him and his son Borna is too after his missing eyeglasses. Read More »

Walerian Borowczyk – Cérémonie d’amour AKA Love Rites (1987)

Vain clothing buyer Hugo meets beautiful Myriam on the subway and pursues her, discovering to his delight that she’s a prostitute. The crafty Myriam, of course, has more in mind for their encounter than smug Hugo bargained for. Love Rites turns the sexual tables with perverse exactitude. Read More »

Kimio Yabuki & Fred Ladd – Nagagutsu o haita neko AKA The Wonderful World of Puss ‘n Boots (1969)

Puss in Boots is one of the great slapstick cartoons, a freewheeling joyride that stays in your head and sticks to your bones. It’s probably the best animated comedy ever made in Japan (although I’m often torn between this and Animal Treasure Island). The comedy will remind Westerners of their favorite Tom and Jerry or Road Runner cartoons, and the action scenes are endlessly inventive and thrilling. This movie was released in 1969 at Toei Doga, and was a tremendous rush of freedom for the animators; after three years of battling the studio over Horus, Prince of the Sun, everyone was set loose like children in a candy store. Read More »