No. Cinema made outside of the USA isn't systematically "slower" or "boring", we are capable to make commercial storytelling too! And even the artfilms or "festival films" are not ALL so easily stereotyped, there are more nuanced distinctions to be made within the numerous films that do not resort to the cheap Hollywood narrative cues. It's not one single "genre", like a homogeneous antithesis to whatever Hollywood decides is THE "norm". Yesterday, slow, today, speed. Hollywood didn't like fast cutting when Eisenstein did it. But now it's in fashion. And Hollywood forgot it used to be slow itself...
P.S. not everything vaguely slowish is contemplative. My point being, obviously, that CCC is a unique aesthetic and language, that is more well-defined than whatever superficial observers call the "default international style" or "festival films" or "slow cinema"!
- Nuances in "Art Cinema" History / Reductive Foreign Stereotypes
- Dan Kois syndrome 1-2 / Slow release / Weak's Cutoff : No Cinephilia
- Foreign Film Friendly Audiences / Tickets sold by nationality EU vs USA
- Europe is too different / To cut or not to cut... (Klinger/Rousseau)
- Slower or contemplative?