Ullrich H. Kasten & Hans-Dieter Schütt – Paul Celan – Dichter ist, wer menschlich spricht (2015)

A documentary film on the life and work of the great poet Paul Celan with interviews with his son, Eric Celan and his French editor, Bertrand Badiou.

It is in Czernowitz, in Bucovina, in the current Ukraine, that Paul Antschel was born on November 23, 1920. Of Jewish culture and German language, from a region attached to Romania and then to the Soviet Union, he will be uprooted all his life. After a romantic and anarchist adolescence, he studied medicine in Tours when the Second World War broke out. Both his parents died in deportation, and he himself survived the labor camps. Read More »

Marcos Jorge – Estômago AKA Estômago: A Gastronomic Story (2007)

A penniless immigrant arrives in the big city with no work or money and discovers he is a talented cook, but still ends up in prison as he realises everybody seems to be out to exploit him. Lively, crowdpleasing black comedy whose grand-guignolesque ending and predictable storyline aren’t enough to offset its clever handling and writing and good performances. Read More »

Shu Lea Cheang – Fresh Kill (1994)

Shu Lea Cheang’s witty narrative Fresh Kill envisions a post-apocalyptic landscape strewn with electronic detritus and suffering the toxic repercussions of mass marketing in a high-tech commodity culture.

“Fresh Kill’s title refers to a fictitious landfill that dominates Staten Island. Junk rules many of the film’s compositions, and, thematically, the film revolves around the detritus of an urban consumer society in which transnational corporations bring raw materials from the Third World, contaminating goods and people in the process, and dump them in the borough. Fresh Kill makes sense out of this refuse by exploring connections among people on the edges of corporate capitalism and off-center in a white, bourgeois, heterosexual world. Read More »

Anatole Litvak – Anastasia (1956)

Could an amnesiac refugee named Anna Anderson (Ingrid Bergman) truly be the Grand Duchess Anastasia, purported sole survivor of the execution of Czar Nicholas II and his family during the Bolshevik Revolution of 1918, and therefore the rightful heir to the Czar’s fortune? Backed by a group of White Russian exiles led by General Bounine (Yul Brynner), she faces her possible grandmother, the imperious Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna (Helen Hayes), and the fortune-hunting Prince Paul (Ivan Desny). Read More »

Robert Altman – Beyond Therapy (1987)

A few unusual characters and their unconventional therapists cross paths resulting in hilarious interactions. Read More »

Henri Fescourt – Les misérables [Complete Version] (1925)

Jean Valjean is a forced man who after nineteen years is released. At that time he will have to fight against society’s contempt and his fate will go through various phases, from opulence to the relentless pursuit of justice, always with the shadow of his fierce enemy, the policeman Javert, who will persecute him for more than thirty years. Read More »

Jean-Pierre Jeunet – Un long dimanche de fiançailles AKA A Very Long Engagement (2004)

Tells the story of a young woman’s relentless search for her fiancé, who has disappeared from the trenches of the Somme during World War One. Read More »