AV Festival: some coverage
This post brings together all of my AV Festival coverage for Front Row Reviews so far. A second part will follow in a fortnight or so. [April 7: second part here.]
The Art of Time (2009)
Fergus Daly and Katherine Waugh’s 2009 documentary examines how leading contemporary artists are responding to and utilising ever-changing perceptions of time in their work.
This long film about killing is Romanian writer-director Cristi Puiu’s second entry in a planned series of six, dealing with stories set in Bucharest.
Colossal Youth (2006)
Shot on DV using only natural light assisted by reflective surfaces, this unique, deeply moving film aesthetically and narratively embodies the marginality of its on-screen ensemble.
Double Tide (2009)
Sharon Lockhart’s film presents two long takes of Jen Casad digging for clams twice a day in the mudflats of coastal Maine.
Kiarostami's retreat into self-prescribed aesthetic regression, disingenuously subtitled "Five Long Takes Dedicated to Ozu".
The Honour of the Knights (Quixotic) (2006)
Albert Serra's DV-shot, sparsely-plotted, Catalan-language adaptation of Spanish hero Don Quixote aspires to the elemental.
Hors Satan (2011)
French writer-director Bruno Dumont's typically restrained and ambiguous drama, filmed on France's Opal Coast.
James Benning's strangely beguiling 97-minute take of night falling upon a Sierra Nevada Mountains idyll, 8,000ft high.
Once upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)
Nuri Bilge Ceylan's best film yet is an ambitious and challenging work, achieving a balance between its talky police procedural plot and a melancholic human drama.
Russian Ark (2002)
Aleksandr Sokurov's formally impressive tour of St. Petersburg's Winter Palace investigating Russia's history. Curiosity gives way to irritation.
Tarkovsky's classic antecedent to "slow cinema" sustains a beauty even if its ambiguities betray its director's apparent intellectual confusions.
The Turin Horse (2011)
Its director's final film (read Srini's review here): a troubling swansong for the inimitable powerhouse auteur Béla Tarr.
Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2012