A musical documentary I can’t wait to see!

Director Stefan Schwietert talks about his new film “Balkan Melodie” (Interview in German). “Balkan melodie” tells the story of the Swiss folk-music collector Marcel Celliers who traveled in Bulgaria and Romania during the communism and made the folk music of these countries popular in the West. What the people in the West (and nowadays also on the Balkans) didn’t now is the role that the communist state played in creating a legend around the folk-songs and used them as a tool for its purposes.

A musical documentary I definitely can’t wait to see!



Happy 70 Mr. Mc Dowell

Today Malcolm Mc Dowell is turning 70. Happy Birthday and thanks for the great movies! The Kubrick classic and one of my favourites, A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, is playing today in Filmmuseum for the occasion.

Want to be in… Sarajevo

I’ve just read a post on Cineuropa, that the Sarajevo Film Festival will have a tribute to Cristi Puiu. Some of his films will be shown in Sarajevo between 16th and 24th August. I particularly insist to see one of them, The Death of Mr Lazarescu (Moartea Domnului Lazarescu). It’s a comedy with a Balkan taste and fascinating, adorable humour (at least that’s what you get from the trailer. I really have the feeling that at the end is going to be much more..).

So if you’re in Sarajevo at that time, please, please, please, tell me how it was because I don’t know if and how I’m gonna make it there…

P.S.: If you have been in Bucharest, you will know what the Parliament joke actually means. (Or just check the Romanian Parliament on wikipedia).


Waiting for… The Great Beauty

Festival de Cannes 2013. The Great Beauty (La grande bellezza) von Paolo Sorrentino. There is nothing I can write about this film. All I can say is how much I miss watching real films, every cell of my body longs for deep, sensual, fascinating cinema that tells a simple story in a beautiful way (I can’t stop thinking about my disappointment with the last Baz Luhrmann film. Oh, Hollywood! Why?).

Sorrentino’s The Great Beauty has a fragile nuance of Fellini’s La Dolche Vita in its trailer. I don’t know. I will wait… If you want to wait we me, read The Great Beauty: a journey to the end of the night.

The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)

Peter Greenaway: Cinema is Dead, Long Live Cinema

Peter Greenaway on “New Possibilites: Cinema is dead, Long live Cinema!”, a lecture at the Berkeley University on new and different ways of thinking about and making cinema.

Greenaway starts his talk with a brief history of cinema, with its invention, highest peak and disintegrating, questions the categories, in which we think about cinema and names the boundaries we have put on it: text-based film-making, actors and even the camera. Greenaway then presents some of his projects as examples of what else can be created though cinema as a medium such as the The Tulse Luper Suitcases or Writing on Water.

I would recommend this video to all interested in art and film history, new media, intermediality and of course to all Peter Greenanway fans :)

Hans Richter: Vormittagsspuck

I saw this beautiful peace of art yesterday evening in Filmmuseum in Munich. They have now these series of artistic films, which are totally non-mainstream even for the time, when they were created, and experiment with the possibilities of analog film in any thinkable ways. This short film was made by Hans Richter, an avant-garde artist who also was part of the DADA-movement in Zurich for some time. Inspired by the dada-artists he created his first abstract film, Rhythmus 21, a film with no story, no actors, just rectangles that move in an undefined space.

Vormittagsspuck (Ghosts Before Breakfast) deals with much more concrete themes and has an actual setting but it still has no narrative. This also makes it so interesting. The unexpected and surreal things that take place in Vormittagsspuck are extremely enjoyable, ironic and really funny to watch. From the technical perspective Hans Richter uses stop motion, slow motion, time flowing backwards or film negative (I don’t know the exact cinematography terms) and the film looks more like a collage of possible and impossible actions than something we are used to see on screen.

This is why I enjoy watching non-mainstream films no matter of the year of their “birth”: Independent and experimental cinema are in many ways much more creative, unexpected and imaginative than the most super cool, 3D, HD, etc, visual effects we see in modern block-busters.

PS: The film is available for download on archive.org ^_^. The film rates as the “Manifesto of Dada film”.

Motion. Choros

Released three weeks ago after a year on tour at various film festivals, Choros is the latest experimental art film from director Michael Langan the explores the movement of the human body, specifically the motion of dancer Terah Maher. Choros follows in the steps of Eadweard Muybridge, Etienne-Jules Marey, and Norman McLaren, all of whom spent years studying the physical moment of animals and humans through film.

Colossal. [original post]

want to see this movie

It’s like British, like Teenage (but British. And that reminds me of Never miss a beat and Kubrick (although he’s American), and Blow Up, and a nice breakfast once…). But not quite. When do we actually grow up? Or do we? Or is growing up forgetting your dreams? Putting them somewhere in a dusty closet under a pile of worn out dirty clothes…

Or may be this movie has nothing to do with that.

I’d like to see it anyway. It’s like.. British.

[For more and other projects see: Bacon]