Showing posts from November, 2009

Bruno Dumont on Mysticism

Interview de Bruno Dumont sur France Culture (25 Nov 2009) à propos d' Hadewijch (2009): "Moi je comprends le cinéma quand je lis les Mystiques. C'est à dire quand je lis les visions, quand je lis les ravissements, quand je vis l'entretien des images, quand je vis la coïncidence des contraires, quand je vis les échelles mystiques. Ce degré de coupe, d'association d'images, des plans, c'est véritablement la matière même du plan. C'est à dire que les mystiques nous disent que c'est par l'apparence, c'est par la comparaison de l'extériorité des choses que le divin se manifeste. Saint Thomas D'Aquin a parlé de la pluie par exemple, de la puissance de l'eau comme évocation justement de la présence de Dieu. Moi la présence de Dieu je ne peux pas la filmer. Je ne la filme pas. Je m'en garderais bien. Mais la pluie je peux la filmer. Et je sens bien quand je filme la pluie, je filme autre chose. Dans le cinéma il y a la présence e

Mysterious Object At Noon

Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s maiden feature Mysterious Object at Noon (2000) is an instant success. Loosely based on the game Exquisite Corpse, originally conceived by the surrealists, wherein the participants of the game take turns to advance a storyline, Weerasethakul’s film shows us the director and his crew traveling throughout rural and urban Thailand, picking people at random, presenting them with an audio tape that contains the narrative of a story as told by its previous bearers and asking them to further the tale in whatever way they like. The “story” in the film begins with a physically challenged kid, taught at home by a visiting teacher, who notices a strange, round object roll down from his teacher’s skirt one day, which later transforms into a mystic boy with superpowers! Wait till you see what this already bizarre setup mutates into. The “characters”, who narrate the story, almost run the gamut and include a sober tuna fish seller who, she believes, has bee


James BENNING (born 1942; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA) = 67 yold in 2009 42 films (20 feature length) / 6 screenplays (1st film: 1971/latest film: 2009) INSPIRED BY : Henry David Thoreau, Andy Warhol, Bill Traylor, Michael Snow, Hollis Frampton, George Landow, Yvonne Rainer, Robert Smithson? C.C.C. films ( strict model in red ) : 13 Lakes ; Ten skies ; RR ; Ruhr ; INFLUENCE ON : ? Quick scroll : BIBLIOGRAPHY | BOOK | ONLINE ARTICLES | INTERVIEW | WEBSITES | DOCUMENTARY Ruhr (2009) 120' IMDb - " Duisburg 09: ‘Ruhr’ radikal – James Benning " By: Michael Sennhauser ( Sennhausers film blog ; 3 Nov 2009) [GERMAN] " Der Fernseher als Aquarium: James Bennings Ruhr auf 3Sat " By: tfunke ( Kein Blut, Rot! ; 4 Nov 2009) [GERMAN] " Ruhr (James Benning, 2009) " By: miguel ( punto de partida ; 22 Nov 2009) [SPANISH] "Ruhr" By: Mark Peranson ( Cinema Scope , #41, Winter 2010) " Long shots " By: Blake Williams ( R and G and B ,