Ragip Turk – Bir kelebegin intihar denemeleri AKA A suicide attempts of a butterfly (2011)

Bir kelebegin intihar denemeleri (2011)
A man seeking the meaning of his existence within himself is lost between dream and reality.

My first short film is ‘A butterfly’s suicide attempts’; You watch along with the reflections of my complex soul, the repetitions of my consciousness trying to make sense of life, and the surreal narrative of a union stuck in a strange dual relationship.
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Andrey Smirnov – Belorusskiy vokzal AKA Byelorussia Station (1971)

Belorusskiy vokzal (1971)

Belorusskiy vokzal (1971)
Moscow, the Soviet Union. Summer of 1956 – eleven years after Hitler Nazis were defeated and buried. Four red army veterans met again at another comrade’s funeral. Aleksei, a writer. Viktor, a factory boss. Nikolai, an accountant. And Ivan, a mechanic. All graying and coping with post war life as best as they could. After the funeral, Nikolai invited his friends to go to his place. They experienced quite a few unexpected adventures on their way, including a bit of time in police custody…and ended up getting another comrade involved in the unplanned reunion. Reference of Belorusskiy Railway Station doesn’t happen until the last minute of the film. That’s where the victorious soldiers returned from war in the Spring of 1945. Read More »

Dan Sallitt – Fourteen (2019)

Fourteen (2019)

Dan Sallitt’s Fourteen (2019) is a beautifully realized story of a friendship between two young women. Mara and Jo, in their twenties, have been close friends since middle school. Jo, the more outgoing figure, is a social worker who runs through a series of brief but intense relationships. Mara, a less splashy personality than Jo, bounces among teacher aide jobs while trying to land a position in elementary education, and writes fiction in her spare time. She too has a transient romantic life, though she seems to settle down after meeting Adam, a mild-mannered software developer. Read More »

Zhangke Jia – Shijie AKA The World (2004)

Shijie (2004)

 Jia Zhang Ke’s The World continues along the same path as Platform and Unknown Pleasures, but it’s livelier. This gorgeous, profoundly melancholy distillation of contemporary China’s precarious global position is his most accessible film to date. From the stunning opening tracking shot, in which Tao (Zhao Tao) glides through the backstage of the eponymous amusement park, loudly asking for a Band-Aid, Jia cannily conflates the magical and the prosaic. The World may end with a whimper, but it certainly starts with a bang. That opening immediately establishes a strong sense of community, but by the end of the film, we learn that among the working class in contemporary Beijing, the bonds of friendship and romance are ephemeral by necessity. Read More »

Eric Pauwels – Violin Fase (1986)

Violin Fase (1986)

In Violin Fase, Eric Pauwels twirls the camera around the body of dancer and choreographer Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker. Through this process, Pauwels creates a new relationship between camera and dancer, but also between body and dance, dance and cinema. Consisting of a geometrical and minimalist choreographic structure filmed in four uninterrupted takes, the artist’s camera captures a woman dedicated to exploring the boundaries of physical exhaustion. Read More »

Magnus von Horn – Sweat (2020) (HD)

A beloved fitness influencer seemingly has it all: thousands of social media followers, endorsement deals and photo spreads in magazines. However, as she starts to share more and more online, the rising pressure from concerned sponsors and increasingly obsessive fans forces her to confront her deepest insecurities. Read More »

Samy Szlingerbaum – Bruxelles-transit (1982)

Bruxelles-transit (1982)
Fictional re-enactments about the early years in Belgium of the director’s parents, Jewish immigrants from Poland, and scenes taken in modern Brussels in this elliptical experimental feature.
“This is the threnody of rootlessness and marginality, set in the neighbourhood of the Brussels Midi Station. ‘their area, their burrow, their kingdom – today I still have the impression that they are camping there’ (S. Szlingerbaum). The 80 minutes of the film avidly probe this past of his mother’s memories via the voice-over, songs, whispered confidences and a handful of fictional scenes also in Yiddish, ‘a language which is dying out as its last speakers are lost in the city,’ in the words of the director.” – René Michelems. Read More »