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Raoul Ruiz – A Closed Book (2009)

Sir Paul, a distinguished author, blinded in a horrific accident, advertises for an amanuensis, an assistant to help him with his writing. He employs the amiable Jane Ryder to be his eyes as he revisits scenes from his past and works on what he intends to be his final opus. Jane appears to be ideal: attractive, intelligent, unruffled by her employer’s abrupt eccentricities. But, gradually, we come aware that Jane has another agenda. Incrementally, Sir Paul’s familiar surroundings are altered. Strange things happen around the house and he becomes increasingly dependent on his new assistant. Jane plays increasingly sadistic games until their relationship breaks down. Read More »

Noel Marshall – Roar [Extended cut] (1981)

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Hank (Marshall) lives contentedly with his wild animals: four tiger cubs, two elephants, and 110 lions, tigers, leopards, jaguars, and cheetahs. One day his family (wife and three children) arrive to visit him. The only trouble is he is not at home, but all his animals are. The visiting family is in for one shocking experience. Read More »

Balufu Bakupa-Kanyinda – Thomas Sankara: l’espoir assassiné AKA Thomas Sankara (1991)

Captain Thomas Sankara was the leader of the Burkinabe Revolution. This film is a biographical profile of the revolutionary, the improvements he generated in his country and the new socio-political dimension he instituted in Burkina Faso. Read More »

Fred Tan – An ye AKA Dark Night (1986)

BeyondHollywood wrote:
Originally released back in 1986, Taiwanese drama Dark Night was based upon a novel by noted feminist writer Li Ang and was directed and scripted by Fred Tan, who previously worked as an assistant director for the legendary King Hu on the likes of Raining in the Mountain and Legend of the Mountain. Interestingly, the film was not Tan’s only literary adaptation, as in 1988 he brought Lust, Caution novelist Eileen Chang’s book Rouge of the North to the screen. Given the source material, it should come as no surprise that the film deals with themes of adultery and sexual repression, offering up a scathing depiction of the role of women in modern relationships. Read More »

Vladimir Kobrin – Tretya Realnost 2 AKA Third Reality II (1996)

Cinematography in allegory. Film is dedicated to the memory of Svyatoslav Valov, the director of documentary films and Kobrin’s colleague.

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In his films, Kobrin elaborates a special, metaphoric style that is “a fully achieved work of imaginative filmmaking, in which special effects, pixilation, and reverse or speed-up motion abound, a philosophical avant-garde film, entirely unexpected in terms of its country of origin”. Read More »

Vladimir Kobrin – Tretya Realnost 1 AKA Third Reality I (1995)

Film is dedicated to the ontological problems of adaptation of the human spirit in the mental world.
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In his films, Kobrin elaborates a special, metaphoric style that is “a fully achieved work of imaginative filmmaking, in which special effects, pixilation, and reverse or speed-up motion abound, a philosophical avant-garde film, entirely unexpected in terms of its country of origin”. Read More »

Franco Brocani – Sulla poesia AKA On Poetry (1984)

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An essay on contemporary Italian poetry with the works of Dario Bellezza and Amelia Rosselli. Read More »