Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
64th Venice FF official awards
Se, Jie (Lust, Caution) by Ang LEE
SILVER LION for Best Director to:
Brian De Palma for Redacted
SPECIAL JURY PRIZE to (ex aequo):
La Graine et le Mulet by Abdellatif Kechiche
I’m Not There by Todd Haynes
COPPA VOLPI for Best Actor:
Brad Pitt in the film The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford by Andrew Dominik
COPPA VOLPI for Best Actress:
Cate Blanchett in the film I’m Not There by Todd Haynes
MARCELLO MASTROIANNI AWARD for Best Young Actor or Actress:
Hafsia Herzi in the film La Graine et le Mulet by Abdellatif Kechiche
OSELLA for Best Cinematography to:
Rodrigo Prieto director of photography for the Se, Jie (Lust, Caution) by Ang Lee
OSELLA for Best Screenplay to:
Paul Laverty for the film It’s A Free World… by Ken Loach
SPECIAL LION for Overall Work to:
Friday, August 03, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
In love? What’s that?
Johnson: No, when I said I was falling in love with you
Natasha: In love? What’s that?
[Johnson walks around Natasha]
Natasha: No, I know what that is: it’s sensuality
Johnson: No, sensuality flows from it
It cannot exist without love
Natasha: So what is love, then?
Your voice, your eyes...
...your hands, your lips...
Our silences, our words...
Light that goes...
...light that returns
A single smile between us both
In quest of knowledge...
...I watched night create day...
...while we seemed unchanged
O beloved of all, beloved of one alone...
...your mouth silently promised to be happy
Away, away, says hate; never, never, says love
A caress leads us from our childhood
Increasingly I see the human form...
...as a lover’s dialogue
The heart has but one mouth
Everything ordered by chance
All words without aforethought
Men roam the city
A glance, a word
Because I love you
To live, only advance!
Aim straight for those you love
I went towards you, endlessly towards the light
If you smile, it is to enfold me all the better
The rays of your arms pierce the mist
from Alphaville, JL Godard, 1965
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Women in Art
Leonardo Da Vinci, Raphael, Titian, Botticelli , Boltraffio, Albrecht Durer, Lucas Cranach the Elder, Messina, Perugino, Hans Memling, El Greco, Hans Holbein, Rokotov, Peter Paul Rubens, Gobert, Caspar Netscher, Pierre Mignard, Jean-Marc Nattier, Vigee-Le Brun, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Winterhalter, Tyranov, Borovikovsky, Venetsianov, Gros, Kiprensky, Amalie, Corot, Edouard Manet, Flatour, Ingres, Wontner, Bouguereau, Comerre, Leighton, Blaas, Renoir, Millias, Duveneck, Cassatt, Weir, Zorn, Mucha, Paul Gaugan, Henri Matisse, Picabia, Gustav Klimt, Hawkins, Magritte, Salvador Dali, Malevich, Merrild, Modigliani, Pablo Picasso.
Monday, May 28, 2007
Cannes 2007 winners
Palme d'Or: 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days by Cristian Mungiu
Grand Prix: The Mourning Forest (Mogari No Mori) by Naomi Kawase
Prix de la Mise en Scene (Best Director): Julian Schnabel for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Le Scaphandre et Le Papillon)
Prix du 60th Anniversaire: Gus Van Sant, director of Paranoid Park
Prix du Scenario (Best Screenplay Award): Fatih Akin for The Edge of Heaven (Auf Der Anderen Siete)
Camera d'Or (For best 1st feature): Meduzot (Jellyfish) by Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen
Camera d'Or Special Mention: Control by Anton Corbijn
Prix du Jury (Jury Prize): Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud; and "Stellet Licht" by Carlos Reygadas
Prix d'interpretation feminine (Best Actress): Jeon Do-yeon for Secret Sunshine
Prix d'interpretation masculine (Best Actor): Constantine Lavronenko for Izgnanie
Palme d'Or (short film): Ver Llover by Elisa Miller
Special Mention (short): Run by Mark Albiston
Special Mention (short): Ah Ma by Anthony Chen
UN CERTAIN REGARD
Prix Un Certain Regard - Fondation Gan Pour le Cinema: California Dreamin' (Nesfarsit) by Christian Nemescu
Prix Special du Jury Un Certain Regard: Actresses by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi
Jury Coup de Coeur: Bikur Hatizmoret (The Band's Visit) by Eran Kolirin
Second Prize: Ru Dao (Way Out) by Chen Tao
Prix Regards Jeunes (Young Eyes Prize): Control by Anton Corbijn
Prix Art et Essai: Garage by Lenny Abrahamson
Label Europa Cinema Prize: Control by Anton Corbijn
SACD Prize for Best Short Film: Meme pas Mort by Claudine Natkin
FIPRESCI - Official Selection Prize: 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days by Cristian Mungiu
Ecumenical Jury Prize: The Edge of Heaven by Fatih Akin
Youth Prize: Bikur Hatizmoret (The Band's Visit) by Eran Kolirin
French National Education Administration Prize: 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days by Cristian Mungiu
Prix France-Culture (career achievement): Rithy Panh
Labels: cannes award
Sunday, April 22, 2007
* MAURICE PIALAT, L’AMOUR EXISTE (Anne-Marie Faux, Jean-Pierre Devillers)
* BRANDO (Mimi Freedman, Leslie Greif)
* NEVER APOLOGIZE (Mike Kaplan)
* MAN OF CINEMA: PIERRE RISSIENT (Todd McCarthy)
* THE WAR (Ken Burns, Lynn Novick)
* 11TH HOUR (Leila Conners Petersen, Nadia Conners)
* RETOUR EN NORMANDIE (Nicolas Philibert)
* HE FENGMING (Wang Bing)
* U2 3D (Catherine Owens, Mark Pellington)
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Burn, burn, burn
Sunday, March 25, 2007
Yo no tengo soledad
de las sierras hasta el mar.
Pero yo, la que te mece,
¡yo no tengo soledad!
Es el cielo desamparo
pues la luna cae al mar.
Pero yo, la que te estrecha,
¡yo no tengo soledad!
Es el mundo desamparo.
Toda carne triste va.
Pero yo, la que te oprime,
¡yo no tengo soledad! *
Monday, March 12, 2007
Say what again!
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
J. Baudrillard (1929 - 2007)
Saturday, February 17, 2007
February 16 is the 47th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. There are 318 days remaining (319 in leap years).
February 17 is the 48th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 317 days remaining (318 in leap years).
February 18 is the 49th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. There are 316 days remaining (317 in leap years).
and so on...
* However, it was nice to learn about that:
“February 16, 1568 - The entire population of the Netherlands - three million people - was sentenced to death by the Roman Catholic Church for heresy; see Eighty Years' War.”
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
The last words of the pigeon
Q. Could you leave this country?
A. You, of all people, saying that? My friends keep telling me the same thing. Enough of that. I want to carry on my cause here. It is not my own personal cause. It concerns everyone who wants to see Turkey a democratic country. If I surrender and emigrate, the shame will be on us all. This is the land of my ancestors. I have my roots here, and I have the right to die in the country I was born in.
And some stills from his funeral:
Friday, January 26, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
Sad sad news
Their home was badly flooded during the Katarina hurricane, and after the disaster she spent most of her time in recovering her film prints.
Madame Winger Makes a Film: A Survival Guide for the 21st Century is one of her well-known short animations. She also published a book titled Recipes for Disaster: A Handcrafted Film Cookbook which is a collection of ideas she's gathered over time from other filmmakers who have shared their best filmmaking tips. >>
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
365 shorts by Mekas
Go to http://jonasmekas.com, click "enter", click "365 films", click on the thumbnail image on the calender, click "buy", then click "checkout"... After seeing "The following movies are available for immediate electronic delivery" message, click on the title to download.
Each film will be available until the next day, but note that you have to register first.
Monday, January 01, 2007
Monday, December 25, 2006
It is a very inconvenient habit of kittens (Alice had once made the remark) that, whatever you say to them, they Always purr. `If them would only purr for "yes" and mew for "no," or any rule of that sort,' she had said, `so that one could keep up a conversation! But how CAN you talk with a person if they always say the same thing?'
-- Lewis Carroll, Alice Through the Looking Glass
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
On the art of literature
Monday, December 18, 2006
Israel boycott may be the way to peace
Meanwhile, western governments refer to Israel's legitimate right of self-defence, and continue to supply weaponry. The challenge of apartheid was fought better. The non-violent international response to apartheid was a campaign of boycott, divestment and UN-imposed sanctions which enabled the regime to change without bloodshed.
Today, Palestinians teachers, writers, film-makers and non-governmental organisations have called for a comparable academic and cultural boycott of Israel as offering another path to a just peace. This call has been endorsed internationally by university teachers in many European countries, by film-makers and architects, and by some brave Israeli dissidents. It is now time for others to join the campaign - as Primo Levi asked: "If not now, when?" We call on creative writers and artists to support our Palestinian and Israeli colleagues by endorsing the boycott call. Read the Palestinian call pacbi.org.”
John Berger, Brian Eno, Sophie Fiennes, Eduardo Galeano, Reem Kelani, Leon Rosselson, Steven Rose, Arundhati Roy, Ahdaf Soueif, Elia Suleiman and 85 others
The Guardian, Friday December 15, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
My November Guest
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walked the sodden pasture lane.
Her pleasure will not let me stay.
She talks and I am fain to list:
She's glad the birds are gone away,
She's glad her simple worsted gray
Is silver now with clinging mist.
The desolate, deserted trees,
The faded earth, the heavy sky,
The beauties she so truly sees,
She thinks I have no eye for these,
And vexes me for reason why.
Not yesterday I learned to know
The love of bare November days
Before the coming of the snow,
But it were vain to tell her so,
And they are better for her praise.
Monday, October 30, 2006
Reporter and documentary filmmaker assassinated
Brad Will, New York Documentary Filmmaker and Indymedia Reporter, Assassinated by Pro-Government Gunshot in Oaxaca While Reporting the Story >>
NYC Indymedia Journalist Brad Will Shot Dead by Government Forces in Oaxaca >>
The Hardest Story to Write >>
Last Communique from NYC Indymedia Journalist Brad Will >>
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
The House In The Middle
by André Werner, 7 min 50s, 2006
"The crying swallow flies at dawn"
Pure japanese poetry, entirely filmed in the deserts of Nevada.
Friday, October 13, 2006
Danièle Huillet dies
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Just in case anyone may care
Thursday, August 03, 2006
Live from Lebanon & Palestine
Wednesday, July 19, 2006
One picture is worth a thousand words
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
In Dark Times
--Hannah Arendt (From: Men in Dark Times)
Friday, June 23, 2006
The Wind Will Take Us
the wind has a date with the leaves of the trees
in my small night there is agony of destruction
do you hear the darkness blowing?
I look upon this bliss as a strangerI am addicted to my despair.
listen do you hear the darkness blowing?
something is passing in the night
the moon is restless and red
and over this rooftop
where crumbling is a constant fear
clouds, like a procession of mourners
seem to be waiting for the moment of rain.
and then nothing
night shudders beyond this window
and the earth winds to a halt
beyond this window
something unknown is watching you and me.
O green from head to foot
place your hands like a burning memory
in my loving hands
give your lips to the caresses
of my loving lips
like the warm perception of being
the wind will take usthe wind will take us.
(Translated by Ahmad Karimi Hakkak)
Listen to the poem in Farsi from Niki Karimi
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Documentary banned in Malaysia
The Last Communistis a semi-musical documentary about the life and legacy of Chin Peng, exiled leader of the banned Communist Party of Malaysia. The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February. It features interviews with people in the towns Chin Peng lived in, interspersed with songs that were composed in the mould of old-fashioned propaganda films.
According to director Amir Muhammad, the Malaysian ambassador who attended the Berlin screening enjoyed the film. In March, the film got through the National Film Censorship Board of Malaysia without any cuts. But on May 5th, Home Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad suddenly retracted the censors' approval.
Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
Happy bday song for Bob
Happy birthday to Bob!
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Tuesday, May 02, 2006
No place to go!
Neither do I. Let's go together.
I had nowhere to go.
Sunday, April 23, 2006
An legendary animator called Ryan Larkin
During Thessaloniki DF, in his workshop Peter Wintonick has showed us a short film titled "Ryan" by Chris Landreth. That's how I heard about this wonderful animator. Then I got the chance to view two of his works thanks to Flickhead.
If you want to know more about Larkin, read Ryan Larkin and the addictive allure of illusions or/and The Wonderfully Fucked Up World of Ryan Larkin...
Friday, April 07, 2006
Saturday, March 25, 2006
Docos from Thessaloniki
Svyato by Victor Kossakovsky
We Feed the World by Erwin Wagenhofer
The Girl From Auschwitz by Stefan Jarl
An Ordinary Family by Fredrik Gertten
Ordinary Lives by Sheetal S. Agarwal
Pilgrimage by Bahman Kiarostami
Children of Beslan by Ewa Ewart, Leslie Woodhead
The Devil's Miner by R. Ladkani, K. Davidson
Abdullah Ibrahim – A Strugle For Love by Ciro Cappellari
Almost all of Kim Longinotto's films...
Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Sunday, February 19, 2006
"NO WAR ON IRAN!"
And another Silver Bear (Best Director) award went to Michael Winterbottom together with Mat Whitecross for their film titled "The Road To Guantanamo".
Congrats to all of them...
What else the filmmakers could say from their part?
Just like what it says in the core of this beautiful Persian carpet: No war on Iran!
Friday, February 03, 2006
Nam June Paik passed away
"Paik's work would have a profound and sustained impact on the media culture of the late twentieth century; his remarkable career witnessed and influenced the redefinition of broadcast television and transformation of video into an artist's medium." --John Hanhardt
There are many memorial services going on throughout the world. One of those titled "Requiem for Nam June Paik" will be held in Tokyo, Museum of Contemporary Art, at February 26-March 8.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Sunday, January 08, 2006
Wednesday, December 28, 2005
"In feature films the director is God; in documentary
films God is the director."
Films not to be missed - I
Darwin's Nightmare by Hubert Sauper
Grizzly Man by Werner Herzog
The Fall of Fujimori by Ellen Perry
Frozen Angels by Eric Black & Frauke Sandig
Sisters in Law by Kim Longinotto & Florence Ayisi
Estamira by Marcos Prado
Inside Deep Throat by Fenton Bailey & Randy Barbato
Mad Hot Ballroom by Marilyn Agrelo
The Story of the Weeping Camel by L. Falorni & B. Davaa
Films not to be missed - II
The Mirror by Andrei Tarkovsky
Zabriskie Point by M. Antonioni
Gadjo Dilo by Tony Gatlif
Pather Panchali by Satyajit Ray
Chidambaram by G. Aravindan
Walkabout by Nicolas Roeg
Russian Ark by Alexander Sokurov
O Amor Natural by Heddy Honigmann
I Loved You by Viktor Kosakovsky