Showing posts from October, 2009

Sushi-conveyor filmmaking

Lost in a moment  | Shrift (1998/Dennis Wheatley/Stefan McClean) 4'56" "one take impromptu film made in Tokyo by Dennis Wheatley and Stefan McClean. We were sitting in this sushi bar pondering how best to set up a camera to film things all by itself whilst we were in Tokyo. Take our hands out of the equation... let the camera have its own journey. I'd taken a cannibalised record turntable with me from the UK with the idea of filming slow panoramas but it was painfully bumpy and stopped every minute. Then we had our eureka moment and filmed this. A few years later I was working on a piece of music and married the two together. The music is all about that feeling when you're half asleep in the sun.. the ambiance of foreign voices becomes a lullaby to dream away. There's something beautiful in not understanding a language.. it becomes abstract, musical. Opera is so much better when you can't understand the words! What we loved about watching this f


Apichatpong WEERASETHAKUL (born 16 July 1970; Bangkok, Thailand) = 39 yold in 2009 5 (feature) films / 4 screenplays (1st film: 1993/latest film: 2009) INSPIRED BY : ? C.C.C. films ( strict model in red ) : White Malady?; Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives ; A Letter to Uncle Boonmee ; Mobile Men ; Luminous People ; Emerald ; The Anthem ; Syndromes and a Century ; Worldly Desires ; Tropical Malady ; Blissfully Yours ; Mysterious Object at Noon ; Thirdworld ; Like the Relentless Fury of the Pounding Waves INFLUENCE ON : ? Quick scroll : BIBLIOGRAPHY | BOOK | ONLINE ARTICLES | INTERVIEW | WEBSITES | DOCUMENTARY Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) 113' part of the installation The Primitive IMDb - Cannes 2010 Press kit [ PDF ] | Wikipedia Press conference in Cannes [ 41' video ], [ MP3 ]; interview [ 12' video ] " Hors d'œuvre " By: Antoine Thirion ( Independencia , 13 May 2010) [ENGLISH] [FRENCH] " Lo absol

Werckmeister Harmonies

Pick up the ordinary film that chronicles the rise of fascism prior to the second world war and you know what to expect – a nation penalized for the first war, a corporal in resentment, his becoming a key figure, formation of ideology, those mesmerizing speeches, rise to power and finally, the ruthless extermination of humans. Well, you know the routine. Rare is the case that such a film is historically inaccurate or morally flawed, but what is troubling is that a single person is made the focal point of such monumental passages of history – as if satisfying our need for a villain as we do for a hero. Not that I am in defense of any such individual, but how on earth can a single person independently cause the galvanization of a whole nation? However convincing his words and however significant his moves are, it is finally the mass and the intentions that run through it that make it possible. From what can be seen as an adversarial position, Béla Tarr’s Werckmeister Harmonies (2000) chi


Albert SERRA (born 1975; Banyoles, Girona, Cataluña, Spain) = 34 yold in 2009 3 films / 3 screenplays (1st film: 2003/latest film: 2008) INSPIRED BY : Richard Fleischer; Andy Warhol; Rainer Werner Fassbinder; Lisandro Alonso ? C.C.C. films ( strict model in red ) : Birdsong ; Quixotic INFLUENCE ON : ? Quick scroll : BIBLIOGRAPHY | BOOK | ONLINE ARTICLES | INTERVIEW | WEBSITES | DOCUMENTARY Fiasco (2008) Short YouTube 4'16" " ¿Y esto? " By: Quintín ( la lectora provisoria , 27 Nov 2008) [SPANISH] (add link here) El Cant dels Ocells / Birdsong (2008) IMDb link - Cannes 2008 "Un tournage, comme une incantation" By: Mark Peranson ( Cahiers du cinéma , #634, May 2008) [FRENCH] "Por los confines de la tierra mítica" By: Àngel Quintana ( Cahiers du cinéma España , #12, May 2008) [SPANISH] "Albert Serra, drôle d'oiseau" By: Gérard Lefort (Libération, 21 May 2008) [FRENCH] " C is for Cine-discoveries " B