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  • the man who planted trees
    Discovering this story resembles its narrator, walking "in that ancient region where the Alps thrust down into Provence" and stumbling on 'The Man Who Planted Trees', or '
  • iffr: wild
    The International Film Festival Rotterdam presented the European premiere of German director Nicolette Krebitz' new film ' Wild ', which she introduced to the audience as
  • dersu uzala
    Dersu Uzala was a Siberian nomadic hunter whose friendship with Russian explorer Vladimir Arsenyev inspired a book and two films. The films combine Dersu's wilderness lore
  • staging silence ii
    In his short film ' Staging Silence II ' (2013), Belgian artist Hans Op de Beeck creates and destroys model worlds with godlike obsession. The sheer artificiality of these
  • iffr: bitter lake
    Adam Curtis' new documentary got a world cinema premiere at IFFR as part of the Signals: Everyday Propaganda program. In his trademark style, narrated as a history of idea
  • timbuktu renaissance
    A hopeful companion to Abderrahmane Sissako's ' Timbuktu ' (2014), currently showing at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, is a small exhibition at Brussels' Bozar
  • trafic
    Made after his masterpiece ' Playtime ', ' Trafic ' (1971) is usually regarded as a lesser Tati. This still means classic and inimitable comedy, but besides the film is a
  • a most wanted man
    It's no more than fitting that most reviews of ' A Most Wanted Man ', Anton Corbijn's slow-burning adaptation of John le Carré's novel, have centered on Philip Seymour Hof
  • chemical redemption
    Time is now a subjective matter. You decide in your mind when day breaks, or when the moon fades. After a while you probably lose the numeric calendar as we once knew it.
  • landscape time
    For a very different experience of time, not halting in suffocation like siesta time but meditatively flowing in the endless cycle of the seasons, have a look at these lan
  • all the world's memory
    Because he has a short memory man accumulates countless aide-mémoires. Confronted with these bulging repositories, man is assailed by a fear of being engulfed by this mass
  • iffr: the fall of the romanov dynasty
    A challenging close of the IFFR on Saturday with a Grand Talk program that consisted of a screening of the 1927 USSR propaganda film ' The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty ', G
  • iffr: trap street
    Did Vivian Qu, writer and director of ' Trap Street ' ('Shui Yinjie', 2014) ever read Kafka's ' The Castle '? It would have been interesting to ask her, but she wasn't pre
  • iffr: manuscripts don't burn
    Modern Iranian cinema, always prominently present at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, is known for its poetic, metaphorical storytelling, beloved by Western audi
  • idfa doclab: do not touch
    From an oilfield boomtown documentary that is also a sims game, to a crowdsourced music video that makes your cursor part of a swarm - this year's Doclab program at the In
  • a phony doc
    ' Salinger ' is the kind of documentary you have to be glad the famous writer didn't live to see. The sensational tone, bombastic music and papparazzi zoom lenses all add
  • iffr: ziba
    Looking back on the Signals: Inside Iran program of the Rotterdam Film Festival, a film that stood out in the rich variety of Iranian cinema harvest - from the scathingly
  • iffr: les chevaux de dieu
    A highlight at the IFFR, Nabil Ayouch's ' Les Chevaux de Dieu ' ('Horses of God') is a chilling investigation of the motives of Muslim extremist suicide bombers. Based on
  • iffr: rhino season
    A fitting start of the International Film Festival Rotterdam with Bahman Ghobadi's new film ' Rhino Season ', a dark and haunting tragedy based on the life of Kurdish poet
  • chronopolis
    How do immortals pass the time? Well, in Piotr Kamler 's experimental animation film 'Chronopolis' (1982) they play games with time itself. Strange, repetitive games with
  • world on a wire
    'World on a Wire' ('Welt am Draht', 1973) was Rainer Werner Fassbinder's only venture into science-fiction. Made as a two-part miniseries for television, it was long unava
  • cloaca
    Warning: contains some spoilers. Ten years after its original premiere, 'Cloaca' is touring Dutch theatres again. With younger actors - 30 rather than 40 somethings - it h
  • death watch
    Perhaps it's because of the rather generic sounding title, but Bertrand Tavernier's subdued dystopian drama ' Death Watch ' (1980) seems to have been relegated to obscurit
  • statues also die
    Coming back to the idea of ethnographic museums embodying (neo)colonialism , here's an eloquent statement on the subject, made in a unique collaboration between two master
  • impossible memory
    He wrote that only one film had been capable of portraying impossible memory, Alfred Hitchcock's 'Vertigo'. In the spiral of the opening titles he saw time covering a fiel
  • the garden
    Warning: Contains one spoiler, the film's final, magical scene. Slovak director Martin Šulík's film ' Záhrada ' ('The Garden', 1995) was rereleased in cinemas in the Nethe
  • tango
    Here's a little known animation classic from Poland called 'Tango' (1981), directed by Zbigniew Rybczynski . Whereas the essence of animation is often seen to be that it c
  • the invader
    Warning: some spoilers ahead. ' The Invader ' ('L'envahisseur'), the feature film debut by Belgian video artist Nicholas Provost, poses uncomfortable questions about the i
  • dans la ville blanche
    Swiss director Alain Tanner's ' Dans la Ville Blanche ' (1983) has a uniquely weightless atmosphere as it floats through Lisbon, the white city, in search of the limits of
  • but it isn't enough
    Now the summer has passed. It might never have been. It is warm in the sun, But it isn't enough. All that might've occurred Like a five-fingered leaf Fluttered into my han
  • tinker tailor soldier spy
    A complaint with many mainstream films these days is that they treat their audience as if they're toddlers, but last year's ' Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy ' is an interesting
  • iffr: sudoeste
    The most cinematically rewarding film seen so far at the International Film Festival Rotterdam is the Tiger nominated ' Sudoeste ' ('Southwest'), directed by Eduardo Nunes
  • idfa doclab: insitu
    The Doclab program at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam provides an annual harvest of interactive documentaries from around the world, and is a great w
  • dekalog 1: i am ready
    Over 20 years old, Krzysztof Kieslowski 's famous modern interpretation of the Ten Commandments in ' The Decalogue ' ('Dekalog', 1989) has lost none of its dramatic power
  • ekümenopolis
    The closing day of the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam offered a fascinating trip around the metropolises of a globalized world, from the politics of garbage and a un
  • the naked city
    Ladies and gentlemen, the motion picture you are about to see is called The Naked City. My name is Mark Hellinger . I was in charge of its production. And I may as well te
  • like trains in the night
    Les films sont plus harmonieux que la vie. Il n'y a pas d'embouteillages dans les films, pas de temps mort. Les films avancent comme des trains, tu comprends, comme des tr
  • iffr: illégal
    Lots of heavy drama on the closing day of IFFR , with ' Tyrannosaur ', ' Incendies ' and ' Illégal ' in a row. The last one, a furious indictment of the Belgian asylum sys
  • iffr: the mill and the cross
    Sunday evening at the IFFR saw the European premiere of an interesting cinematic experiment, with Lech Majewski 's ' The Mill and the Cross '. In stunning detail, the film
  • iffr: qarantina
    After ' Son of Babylon ', another heartfelt and beautifully shot production coming from Iraq is ' Qarantina ', which had its European premiere this weekend at the Internat
  • into eternity
    The documentary ' Into Eternity ' chronicles the building of a nuclear waste storage facility in Finland. Designed as a "permanent solution" for radioactive material - whi
  • holly golightly
    Poor cat. Poor slob. Poor slob without a name. The way I see it I haven't got the right to give him one. We don't belong to each other. We just took up one day by the rive
  • waltz with bashir & lebanon
    Warning: some spoilers ahead. Though, really, all this is history. Two recent films from Israel, ' Waltz with Bashir ' (2008) and ' Lebanon ' (2009), deal with the country
  • idfa's doclab: documentary storytelling
    An eclectic harvest at this year's DocLab , the new media program of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam , focusing on new forms of documentary storytell
  • bonnie and clyde
    Vous avez lu l'histoire De Jesse James Comment il vécu Comment il est mort Ça vous a plus hein Vous en d'mandez encore Et bien Ecoutez l'histoire De Bonnie and Clyde Alors
  • dutch light
    While on the subject of observing Holland , another interesting documentary is ' Dutch Light ' ('Hollands Licht', 2003), investigating the myth of the unique quality of li
  • mirror of holland
    This year's Nederlands Film Festival has a program called Mirror of Holland, a retrospective of Dutch cinema of the past 30 years as "cultural-historical documents". The p
  • copyclash
    ' Copyclash ' at Roodkapje , which opened on Sunday, offers some interesting arguments in the copyright vs. copyleft debate. Curated by Trailer, who also published an acco
  • rialtoscuro
    Rialtoscuro n. disorientation when you step outside a movie theater into unexpected darkness, a twinge of jet lag from two hours of escapist fun which only diverts you fro
  • kill the referee
    In all the World Cup excitement it's easy to forget there is another, parallel tournament going on, with just as much pressure, politics and sportsmanship - that of the re
  • topkapi
    Another film shown at the International Istanbul Film Festival that's worth mentioning is ' Topkapi ', Jules Dassin 's classic heist film set in Istanbul. Essentially a 60
  • son of babylon
    A standout at the International Istanbul Film Festival - which otherwise seemed to be a rather tame affair - was the Iraqi film ' Son of Babylon ', directed by Mohamed Al
  • van warmerdam trees
    If you're familiar with Alex van Warmerdam 's films and plays, the current exhibition in Stedelijk Museum Schiedam won't offer any big surprises. The majority of the work
  • as slow as possible
    Though this is a belated post on the short documentary ' Es wird einmal gewesen sein ', which screened at IFFR , there is plenty of time to write about its subject - 630 y
  • iffr: time code
    On Sunday the IFFR offered a chance to revisit a classic of digital filmmaking with Mike Figgis ' ' Time Code ' (2000). A decade later, its formal innovation is still insp
  • iffr: no one knows about persian cats
    Iranian-Kurdish director Bahman Ghobadi returns to the IFFR with ' No One Knows About Persian Cats ', a rare and exciting look into the underground music scene of Tehran.
  • iffr: hadewijch
    Modern mysticism at the International Film Festival Rotterdam , with Bruno Dumont 's new film ' Hadewijch ', a thoughtful meditation as austere and introspective as its tr
  • landscapes with oil
    For over 10 years, Edward Burtynsky has been photographing the global influence of oil. From the vast industrial landscapes of oil fields, oil sands and refineries, to the
  • easy riders, raging bulls
    In response to Billy Wilder's sneer (see previous post ) at the new generation of filmmakers that took over Hollywood in the late 1960's and 1970's, here's the same contem
  • fedora
    "The kids with beards have taken over, with their zoom lenses and handheld cameras," Hollywood producer Barry 'Dutch' Detweiler sarcastically remarks in ' Fedora ' (1978),
  • the fisher king
    Did you ever hear the story of the Fisher King? It begins with the king as a boy having to sleep alone in the forest to prove his courage so he can become king. While he's
  • winter days
    While on the subject of Raoul Servais (see previous post ), an interesting project he participated in is ' Winter Days ', an animated film based on a renku by Bashō and ot
  • atraksion
    Seeing the curious failure of ' Taxandria ' at the Architecture Film Festival Rotterdam (who rather amateuristically showed a dubbed German version of the film and then ap
  • jazzed
    Another favorite at the Dutch Film Festival was the Flemish short animation 'Jazzed', by Anton Setola . Following a jazz musician on a riotous night out, the story, set to
  • the last days of emma blank
    Finally saw ' De laatste dagen van Emma Blank ' ('The Last Days of Emma Blank') at the Dutch Film Festival last week. Happy to report that after the disappointment of ' Ob
  • trances
    Some more Moroccan cinema... ' Trances ' ('Al-Hal', 1981) is a vintage documentary about the legendary group ' Nass El Ghiwane '. Formed in the late '60s in Casablanca, th
  • heaven's doors
    Heaven's Doors ('Abwab ul-Jinnah', 2006), the feature debut of the brothers Swel and Imad Noury, has been called "absurdly ambitious". Which it certainly is - creating a k
  • silent monologue
    Strange sight, ' Not I ' playing soundlessly on a large screen / billboard at Amsterdam Zuid-WTC station. As reviewed before , the film, starring Julianne Moore , is part
  • investigation of a citizen above suspicion
    Elio Petri 's 1970 ' Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion ' ('Indagine su un cittadino al di sopra di ogni sospetto') is both a scathingly sarcastic political pamphl
  • bokeh
    Word of the day: ' bokeh ', Japanese for fuzzy/blurry, and borrowed in English for the aesthetic quality of out-of-focus areas in photographs and film, most notable when s
  • iffr: aspect ratio
    The ' Aspect Ratio ' exhibition in Tent , part of the IFFR , takes as its point of departure the 1977 classic ' Powers of 10 '. Inspired by the Dutch book ' Cosmic View '
  • iffr: kan door huid heen
    Esther Rots ' debut feature ' Kan door huid heen ' ('Can Go Through Skin') has its official premiere at the upcoming Berlin Film Festival , but it was screened out of comp
  • iffr: the sound of insects
    Peter Liechti 's ' The Sound of Insects - Record of a Mummy ', which had its world premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival on Saturday, might well be the longest death sce
  • 100 films
    Bit of an abstract milestone, but the previous post marked the 100th entry tagged with film on this blog. That's 100 reviews (well, not quite, some are just quotes or link
  • running with the beast
    Great stylized aggression in this music video for 'dirt rock' band zZz 's ' Running with the Beast ', from their same-titled new album. Directed by Roel Wouters , the vide
  • idfa '08
    Not having seen much of the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam - except the morbid mafia of ' Necrobusiness ' - luckily documentaries increasingly embrace the we
  • granitsa
    Some interesting Flemish shorts at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht this weekend, with mostly ingenious, violently funny plots and raw, explosive styles that are a
  • le dernier métro
    Some spoilers ahead! One more on the underground theme, François Truffaut 's ' Le Dernier Métro ' (1980) quietly evokes the underground as a place of refuge and relative s
  • a litany of unreadable codes
    Ten years before ' Keane ', Lodge Kerrigan made his debut with the low-budget ' Clean, Shaven '. I described 'Keane' here before as "an intense and often agonizing glimpse
  • throwing self on heap of hay
    One of the founding fathers of modern cinema, Eadweard Muybridge famously introduced motion into photography by pioneering the technique of stop-action photography. (The p
  • illusions
    Another classic but lesser-known Billy Wilder film, ' A Foreign Affair ' (1948) was criticized when it came out for "moral bankruptcy", but seeing it today it's the film's
  • glass & zoo
    Surprisingly little of the work of Bert Haanstra , the old Dutch master of poetic documentaries, is available online. There is a collected works DVD box , but why isn't th
  • rififi
    Rififi is French slang for 'trouble', 'brawl' or 'rough-and-tumble'. The word was made popular by the 1955 film ' Rififi ', or in full 'Du Rififi chez les Hommes', based o
  • wheat field with crows
    One of Akira Kurosawa 's last films, ' Dreams ' ('Yume') is made up of eight dreams from his own life. In the stunning segment called 'Crows', an art student steps into a
  • you, the living
    Reviewing Roy Andersson 's new film, ' You, the Living ' ('Du Levande'), inevitably means comparing it to his previous masterpiece ' Songs from the Second Floor '. To a la
  • the old man and the sea
    Watching Aleksandr Petrov 's stunningly beautiful animation of ' The Old Man and the Sea ' online undoubtedly can't begin to compare with seeing it on an Imax screen, for
  • iffr: das herz ist ein dunkler wald
    A highlight at the Rotterdam Film Festival , ' Das Herz ist ein dunkler Wald ' ('The Heart is a dark Forest'), directed by Nicolette Krebitz , is a modern German retelling
  • iffr: modell 5
    Already over a decade old, Granular Synthesis' 1996 installation ' Modell 5 ' still makes for an incredibly intense audiovisual experience. It was shown at V2 during this
  • iffr: come back africa
    A bit of an anomaly at the Rotterdam Film Festival , the 1959 fictionalized documentary ' Come Back Africa ' (directed by independent filmmaker Lionel Rogosin ), which pro
  • iffr: milky way
    As a personal kickoff of this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam , the Hungarian ' Milky Way ' ('Tejút'), directed by Benedek Fliegauf , proved to be a fascinati
  • tarzan vs. ibm
    As Nouvelle Vague 's venture into science fiction, Jean-Luc Godard 's ' Alphaville ' (1965) is still a fascinating piece of conceptual (as opposed to spectacular) sci-fi.
  • manufacturing consent
    At almost three hours long, the classic documentary ' Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media ' (1992) by Mark Achbar and Peter Wintonick , provides a good intro
  • begone dull care
    As a tribute to Oscar Peterson , here's a unique vizualisation of his legendary piano work: an abstract animation called ' Begone Dull Care ' (1949) by experimental filmma
  • fresh
    Warning: some spoilers ahead. ' Fresh ' (1994) is one of those films that is best seen at least twice. The first time to be taken by surprise, and the second time to fully
  • the story of stuff
    ' The Story of Stuff ' neatly explains how our entire economy increasingly boils down to one thing: consuming more stuff. From resource extraction to production, distribut
  • control
    Who better to make a film about Joy Division and its troubled lead singer Ian Curtis than photographer Anton Corbijn ? In 1979 the band's music inspired Corbijn to move to
  • the shock doctrine
    What to think of this short film by Alfonso Cuarón and Naomi Klein , ' The Shock Doctrine '? Without having read the book of the same title that the film is meant to intro
  • stalking hieronymus
    'Stalking Hieronymus' by Belgian painter Hans Vandekerckhove visibly merges two sources of inspiration: Jeroen (or Hieronymus) Bosch ' painting ' St. Jerome at Prayer' and
  • good copy bad copy
    An interesting Danish documentary on the friction between copyright and creativity, ' Good Copy Bad Copy ' cites free culture movements ranging from Sweden's Pirate Bay to
  • a scanner darkly
    Faithfully adaptated from Philip K. Dick 's novel, Richard Linklater 's animated 'A Scanner Darkly ' is a grim tale of drug-fueled paranoia. As with most P.K. Dick novels,
  • zodiac
    Some minor spoilers ahead! If David Fincher 's latest film ' Zodiac ' would've been a purely fictional story it probably wouldn't have made it past script stage for lack o
  • ads from the second floor
    Check out these 7 commercials by Roy Andersson , director of the absurd masterpiece ' Songs from the Second Floor '. The same slow, tableaux-like scenes (one shot, wide an
  • auteurs du cinéma
    It's almost synchronicitous, two of the greatest masters of European ' auteur cinema ' passing away on the same day. Both Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni embodie
  • barbaric yawp
    To quote some more from Walt Whitman 's endlessly quotable ' Song of Myself ' (see previous post ): I too am not a bit tamed, I too am untranslatable, I sound my barbaric
  • future shock
    Alvin Toffler 's ' Future Shock ' (1970), precursor to ' The Third Wave ', described the effects of accelerated technological and social change in late 20st century societ
  • steamboat bill, jr
    What's a blog without some YouTube these days, right? So here's an awesome, old-fashioned spectacle Buster Keaton clip. It's a compilation (re-edit) of the famous storm se
  • home
    Check out ' Home ' by London-based "mysterious directors collective" Big Red Button . A tragicomic short film with some subtle twists, solid acting and economical storytel
  • la tigre e la neve
    Maybe it's too easy to dismiss Roberto Benigni 's ' La Tigre e la Neve ' ('The Tiger and the Snow') as ' La Vita è Bella ' ('Life is Beautiful') in Iraq. But the similarit
  • tideland
    Terry Gilliam summed up his latest film ' Tideland ', based on the novel by Mitch Cullin , as ' Alice in Wonderland ' meets ' Psycho '. A sinister and surreal fairytale, '
  • bendito machine
    Seen at last year's Resfest , but as it turns out it's available online too: ' Bendito Machine ', a short animation from Spanish Zumbakamera . An interesting mythological
  • iffr: half moon
    Saving the best for last at the Film Festival Rotterdam , with Bahman Ghobadi 's new film ' Half Moon ' ('Niwemang'). Two years after his heart-wrenching ' Turtles Can Fly
  • iffr: build a ship, sail to sadness
    Another road movie and another poetic title at the Film Festival Rotterdam , with Laurin Federlein 's debut film 'Build a Ship, Sail to Sadness'. It is perhaps best summed
  • iffr: scream of the ants
    The Rotterdam Film Festival is always a good place for Iranian cinema. Tehran was one of this year's hot spots , and there was also master-in-exile Mohsen Makhmalbaf 's ne
  • iffr: the paper will be blue
    First of only a couple of films seen at the International Film Festival Rotterdam this week was ' The Paper Will Be Blue ' ('Hirtia va fi Albastra'), a darkly humorous doc
  • le grand content
    Le Grand Content examines the omnipresent Powerpoint-culture in search for its philosophical potential. Intersections and diagrams are assembled to form a grand 'associati
  • old joy
    Kelly Reichardt 's ' Old Joy ' is a subtle meditation on the transience of friendship and youthful ideals. So subtle, in fact, that most of its underlying drama remains im
  • tags
    As a start of the long overdue redesign of this blog, i'll be experimenting with adding tags to entries. So bear with potential bugs... Tagging, as a form of adding metada
  • the mahabharata
    The Indian Mahabharata has been called the longest epic in the world. Spanning over 74.000 Sanskrit verses (about ten times the length of the Iliad and Odyssey combined!),
  • la jetée
    Chris Marker 's famous ciné-roman (film-novel) ' La Jetée ' (1962), only half an hour long and comprised almost entirely of black and white stills, remains one of the best
  • resfest 10
    Already in its tenth edition, Resfest now tours 43 cities around the world, showcasing new talent and innovation in short films, animation, music videos and motion design.
  • mary
    Abel Ferrara 's latest film ' Mary ' is a thought-provoking investigation of religious redemption in a cynical, intolerant world. Heavy on theological ideas, the story cen
  • remf: umfeld
    'Umfeld', a surround sound DVD project by techno producer Jochem Paap ( Speedy J ) and filmmaker Scott Pagano , premiered at V2 this weekend as part of the Rotterdam Elect
  • tzameti
    Please don't watch the trailer for ' Tzameti ', the debut film of Georgian director Géla Babluani . Weirdly, the trailer ( here , if you must) manages to reveal much of th
  • an inconvenient truth
    In ' An Inconvenient Truth ', directed by Davis Guggenheim , former US vice-president Al Gore makes a timely and convincing argument for the threat of climate change cause
  • keane
    Lodge Kerrigan 's third released film (a fourth one was reportedly scrapped after completion), ' Keane ' offers an intense and often agonizing glimpse into the life of a m
  • the falling eye
    Interesting exhibition of Saskia Olde Wolbers' video art, titled ' The Falling Eye ', at the Stedelijk Museum . In all four pieces shown, dreamlike images combine with a v
  • de zee die denkt
    ' De Zee Die Denkt ' ('The Sea That Thinks') is a weird, thoughtprovoking film about itself and about a script writer struggling with the question of what the 'I', the sel
  • ink city
    At the otherwise disappointing China Contemporary exhibition in Rotterdam, Chen Shaoxiong 's 'Ink City' is an interesting exception. An "ink video" consisting of 300 ink d
  • limelight
    In the eternal Charlie Chaplin vs. Buster Keaton debate (for a lively version see ' The Dreamers '), Keaton was ahead on points after seeing ' The General ' - possibly the
  • laura
    Otto Preminger 's 1944 ' Laura ' is a sophisticated film noir that uses a murder mystery to expose the cynical decadence beneath the decorum of its high society locale. In
  • me and you and everyone we know
    Finally saw ' Me and You and Everyone We Know ', Miranda July 's small ode to whimsy and childlike sincerity in an age of (digital) distrust. For some more of July's quirk
  • not i
    Finally saw some of the ' Beckett on Film ' pieces at the Beckett Centenary Festival in Dublin. The short (45 sec) ' Breath ' by Damien Hirst , ' Act Without Words I ' by
  • capote
    Most reviews of ' Capote ' focus on Philip Seymour Hoffman 's role as Truman Capote . And yes, Hoffman is just excellent as the effeminate, egocentric, annoying, genius wr
  • factotum
    After Mickey Rourke in ' Barfly ', who would attempt to revisit Henry Chinaski, Bukowski 's legendary alter ego? The answer is Matt Dillon , in Bent Hamer 's adaptation of
  • who knows where the time goes
    Many versions have been recorded of the song ' Who knows where the time goes ', written by Sandy Denny and sung by her on the Fairport Convention album ' Unhalfbricking '.
  • iffr: nyócker!
    A fitting Friday night surprise film at the IFFR , the Hungarian animated feature ' Nyócker! ' ('The District!') combines energetic and satirical entertainment, a fresh vi
  • iffr: full or empty
    ' Full or empty ' ('Gol ya pouch'), by director Abolfazl Jalili , is another one of those delightful Iranian films that clothe sharp social commentary in lighthearted humo
  • iffr: the piano tuner of earthquakes
    ' The Piano Tuner of Earthquakes ' is the second feature by the Quay Brothers (how do you one-link these twins? Oh well: Stephen & Timothy ). Though slightly more accessib
  • iffr: klimt
    The director's cut of ' Klimt ', the new film by Raúl Ruiz , starring John Malkovich , had its world premiere at the Rotterdam Film Festival . As emphasized by Ruiz, the f
  • new year's resolutions, pt. 1
    It's high time i said something about Buster Keaton here. And more specifically about the existential Keaton vs. Chaplin debate (see, for instance, ' The Dreamers '). Thou
  • als das kind kind war
    Als das Kind Kind war, hatte es von nichts eine Meinung, hatte keine Gewohnheit, saß oft im Schneidersitz, lief aus dem Stand, hatte einen Wirbel im Haar und machte kein G
  • deep into the woods
    After watching almost a thousand minutes of ' Twin Peaks ' (pilot plus sixteen epsiodes) this weekend, what can i say... David Lynch and Mark Frost 's creation is still am
  • eyecandystore
    For obsessive downloaders, here's a good collection of public domain torrents (i.e. downloadable films of which the copyright has expired). Includes silent classics (highl
  • blue bob
    Sure i knew David Lynch was involved in music, creating soundtracks for his films (' Eraserhead ') and writing lyrics for Julee Cruise (used in ' Twin Peaks ') and Jocelyn
  • entuziazm
    Dziga Vertov 's ' Entuziazm: Simfoniia Donbassa ' ('Enthusiasm: Symphony of the Donbass', 1930) was one of the first sound films in the Soviet Union. If Vertov's classic '
  • futuristic shanghai
    ' Code 46 ', Michael Winterbottom 's thoughtful dystopian drama, treats such themes as the divide between haves and have-nots, genetic cloning and the nature of memory (wh
  • cinematic orchestra
    Not sure if i can recommend a soundtrack without having heard it with the film. But this one holds up well enough on its own: The Cinematic Orchestra 's new soundtrack to
  • twelve and a half minutes
    ' Zwölf 1/2 Minuten ', a German "short experimental documentary", strikes a nice balance between humor and food for thought. Even if the message is not very new, its stren
  • the psychopathic corporation
    The threepart Canadian documentary ' The Corporation ' asks the interesting question: if corporations are considered legal persons, what kind of personality do they have?
  • film title art
    Nice feature by Not Coming to a Theater Near You on the famous film titles and sequences designed by Saul Bass , including many Hitchcock and Scorsese films. @ www.notcomi
  • pandora's box
    ' Primer ' is one of those mindf*cks that will leave you a) completely cold, or b) wanting to watch it again, now. This film is along the lines of ' Pi ', ' Memento ' or '
  • spacetimemoney continuum
    His wealth resides less in possessions than in the fact of that most modern of powers, mobility, the ability to be present at practically the same time in every part of th
  • crystallized music
    Cool animation visualizing a jazz piece by John Coltrane , 'Giant Steps' ('59). The structural approach of John Coltrane to music is associated with architectural thinking
  • mona lisa of the north
    However beautifully evoking Vermeer 's 17th century Delft light, you might not want to see the film ' Girl with a Pearl Earring '... It might just spoil her mysterious Mon
  • the beautiful confusion
    Fellini's ' 8½ ' is one of those film classics that are probably cited more than seen. Called "the definitive film about filmmaking" by Sight & Sound , it certainly godfat
  • dalí & disney's destino
    "A simple love story, where boy meets girl," Walt Disney described his animation project with Salvador Dalí in 1946. For Dalí it was "a magical exposition on the problem o
  • assorted shorts
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