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Sylvia Schedelbauer – Wishing Well (2018)


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A forest glade. A flickering. A cutting sound accompanies and dissects the simplicity of the image immediately, while the camera simultaneously moves backwards – we are distancing ourselves, entering into something new. The journey begins. A child on a path. It remains in the blackness, its hand, its face. The forest. Two universes encountering one another.
With a steady touch and a great sensitivity for movement and rhythm, for form and the fluidity of colours, Sylvia Schedelbauer tells of a search and a discovery. In the reverse motion of objects, time and memory are laid bare and speak of the beauty of the search and the uncovered treasure. Read More »

Stephen Quay & Timothy Quay & Keith Griffiths – The Eternal Day of Michel De Ghelderode (1981)

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Quote:
Using the tricks of the Flemish playwright’s own trade–puppetry, masks, and a Breughelesque sense of bizarre carnival, the collaborators succeeded in bringing about a rich and sardonic humor lurking at the edge of the playwright’s macabre, death-obsessed imagination in an allusive homage. Read More »

Benjamin Crotty – Le discours d’acceptation glorieux de Nicolas Chauvin AKA The Glorious Acceptance Speech of Nicolas Chauvin (2018)

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During his acceptance speech for a lifetime achievement award, Nicolas Chauvin – a farmer-soldier, a veteran of the Revolutionary Army and the Napoleonic Wars, “father” of the chauvinism that bears his name – embarks on a monologue and recounts his life story. At the bend of a road, a spectral encounter shocks his (non-)existence. Read More »

Bohdan Kosinski – Lubelska Starówka AKA Lublin’s Old Town (1956)

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About this movie:
One of the most interesting films in the black series, describing reality in strongly, ironic and sarcastic manner. The aim is not only to intervene, but to expose the method of falsyfying reality. The camera looks into the corners of Renaissance Lublin’s Old Town, renovated for the 10th anniversary of the People’s Republic of Poland: piles of rubbish, dogs wandering around the dirty children treating such places as their playground. Read More »

Jean Epstein – Les berceaux (1931)

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Here is the text for the poem by Sully Prudhomme that the song is based on:

Le long du Quai, les grands vaisseaux,
Que la houle incline en silence,
Ne prennent pas garde aux berceaux,
Que la main des femmes balance.

Mais viendra le jour des adieux,
Car il faut que les femmes pleurent,
Et que les hommes curieux
Tentent les horizons qui leurrent!
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Apichatpong Weerasethakul – Blue (2018)

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An insomniac lies in bed as theatrical backdrops unveil themselves and her sheet catches aflame.

TIFF wrote:
In the hushed, somnolent, yet unsettling Blue, Thai master Apichatpong Weerasethakul and frequent collaborator Jenjira Pongpas Widner present a choreographed dance of scrolls and a portrait of feverish slumber. Read More »

Stig Björkman – Ingmar Bergman – Bilder från lekstugan AKA Ingmar Bergman – Images from the Playground (2009)

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Images from the Playground
Short film, 2009
Behind-the-scenes compilation film directed by Stig Björkman. Depicting Ingmar Bergman on the set, both behind and in front of the camera.

The film premiered at Cannes Film Festival in 2009, within the section “Cannes Classics”. The film is produced by the Ingmar Bergman Foundation, to which Bergman donated his artistic collections in 2002, including several hours of behind-the-scenes material. Read More »