Lars von Trier & Morten Arnfred – Riget I AKA The Kingdom (1994)

The Kingdom is the most technologically advanced hospital in Denmark, a gleaming bastion of medical science. A rash of uncanny occurrences, however, begins to weaken the staff’s faith in science–a phantom ambulance pulls in every night, but disappears; voices echo in the elevator shaft; and a pregnant doctor’s fetus seems to be developing much faster than is natural. At the goading of a spiritualist patient, some employees work to let supernatural forces rest. Read More »

Theo Anthony – All Light, Everywhere (2021)

The film explores the past, present, and future relationships between technology, vision, and power. From arcane theories of sight to the emergence of virtual reality and police body camera programs, the film takes a kaleidoscopic investigation into how the reality of what we see is constructed through the tools that we use to see. Read More »

Jia, Zhangke – Yi zhi you dao hai shui bian lan AKA Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue (2020)

Filmmaker Jia Zhangke chronicles his local literature festival in Shanxi, China which includes a multi-generational roster of the country’s most esteemed writers. Read More »

Cindy Sherman – Office Killer (1997)

Synopsis
When Dorine Douglas’ job as proofreader for Constant Consumer magazine is turned into an at-home position during a downsizing, she doesn’t know how to cope. But after accidentally killing one of her co-workers, she discovers that murder can quench the loneliness of her home life, as a macabre office place forms in her basement, populated by dead co-workers. Read More »

Barbet Schroeder – L’avocat de la terreur aka Terror’s Advocate (2007)

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A documentary on Jacques Vergès, the controversial lawyer and former Free French Forces guerrilla who has defended unpopular figures such as Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy.
Communist, anticolonialist, right-wing extremist? What convictions guide the moral mind of Jacques Vergès? Barbet Schroeder takes us down history’s darkest paths in his attempt to illuminate the mystery behind this enigmatic figure.
A brilliant study in the link between moral corruption and narcissism. Read More »

Jacques Doillon & Alain Resnais & Jean Rouch – L’an 01 AKA The Year 01 (1973)

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The film narrates a utopian abandonment, consensual and festive of the market economy and high productivity. The population decides on a number of resolutions beginning with “We stop everything” and the second “After a total downtime will be revived-reluctantly-that the services and products including lack will prove intolerable. Probably: water to drink, electricity for reading at night, the TSF to say “This is not the end of the world, this is an 01, and now a page of Celestial Mechanics”. The implementation of these resolutions is the first day of a new era, Year 01. Read More »

Dominique Bernard-Deschamps – Monsieur Coccinelle (1938)

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One of the great unknown films of the 30’s.
Astonishingly inventive and constantly amusing tale of
a bureaucrat whose dead aunt proves to be irrepressibly alive.
Colin Crisp – French Cinema – A Critical Filmography, Volume 1 (1929–1939) Read More »