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Laila Pakalnina: Spoon

Written 27-01-2020 11:22:11 by Tue Steen Mller

Laila Pakalnina: Spoon

You never know what to expect from Latvian director Laila Pakalnina. She makes short films, she makes fiction and she makes documentaries, which are far from mainstream, with quite their own language and definitely Cinema. Like this one, ”Spoon”, she calls it, and yes, there are spoons in the film, plastic spoons but the film is much more than indicating, how spoons are made: It is a highly sophisticated black&white visual essay on the industrial world we live in. It sounds very serious, and in a way it is, but it’s not a doomsday film. You don’t feel it like that, when you watch the fantastic tableaux created by the cameraman Gints Bērziņš. What an image composer he and his director is! There are no words needed, the images invite you to enter the scene that is set up for you, see and understand/interpret for yourself. Here is the opening one:

… that is enigmatic in many ways. A woman is instructed to sit at a table with some papers in front of her. In a room with a big machine – I have no idea what it is. But there is a display on this machine, that the woman worker looks at after she has put on protective glasses and helmet, and after some men have given her advice on what her job is. The sound score is strong, mechanic and metallic, with sounds from the room but not only that, also music elements. The scene stays long, it’s a slow cinema film genre, the woman looks in the direction of the camera, smiles, puts her hand to her hair, wants to look good; it’s an amazing start of an amazing film.

Some minutes later a text appears on the screen: ”Everything here connects to everything else. Really.” Said by Leonardo da Vinci… did he really say that? A hint from the director, cut to a scene where a boy is eating with a plastic spoon, in a scene that is not clear to see as it is filmed through a window or some plastic… And then the title comes up “Spoon”.

And from there you are taken around the industrial world of our times – factories, urban landscapes, tubes, trains transporting chemicals, movements from right to left within the image, like people entering the stage, the theatre of Life, in (I read at the end credits) Azerbadjan, China, Norway, Latvia. It’s not a world you want to be in, but it’s part of our world, people are there, are working there, no working man’s death, they are protected, producing they are, it’s not fun you think and are supported in that feeling by the electric sounds in the sound score, electro music, I don’t know how to characterise it. Multilayered, a film open for interpretation and reflection, a film for everyone who loves to see how image and sound and editing, without a word being said, can be put together, Cinema! 

Latvia, 2019, 66 mins. 


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Docs & Talks 2020 /4 Putin's Witnesses

Written 25-01-2020 13:59:56 by Allan Berg Nielsen

Docs & Talks 2020  /4 Putin's Witnesses

Vitaly Mansky: Putin’s Witnesses

… A good point I think, Mansky masters the personal commentary and it is nothing but a scoop that he is using material he made at the beginning of Putin’s period as president, where he, Putin – they are talking to each other as if they were old buddies – (Tue Steen Müller) Læs hele den meget opmærksomme kommentar her: http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4390/

KOSTBAR SJÆLDENHED

Jeg har bragt dette billede på min Facebookside og kort efter kommenterer Sara: ”Fantastisk scene i filmen!” (Jeg ville hurtigt have taget det ned igen, ville blot have det konverteret til et format, jeg kunne bruge på Filmkommentaren, så jeg svarer): ”Måtte bruge Facebook for at åbne billedet. Der skal nok komme tekst på...” (Så nu må jeg jo lade det det blive siddende og tænke mig om for Sara replicerer): ”Spændende, så har du set filmen:-) ”… ”Ja, for søren, jeg har haft en rigtig god oplevelse med denne gedigne film sat sammen af først og fremmest en række kostbare sjældenheder i Manskys arkiv”… ”Det er jeg glad for at høre Allan.”

HJEMLIGT

Jeg kan godt lide når der er en stemme ind over, en fortællende stemme, en kommenterende stemme. Jeg kan helt bestemt godt lide Manskys stemme ind over hans konstruktion af udvalgte arkivoptagelser fra hans tætte dækning af Putins tidlige gennembrud som Ruslands præsident, fra det her årtusindes første dage.

Jeg mærker i stemmen den sikkerhed og ro som gør at jeg overgiver mig til en stor film. Og konkluderer at dette ER en stor film.



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Docs & Talks 2020 /3 Born in Evin

Written 19-01-2020 14:28:37 by Allan Berg Nielsen

Docs & Talks 2020 /3  Born in Evin

Maryam Zaree: Born in Evin. "Personal. Touching. Director was born in an Iranian prison… Saw it in Sarajevo." (Tue Steen Müller)

Det begynder med en nynnen, en vuggesang tror jeg, en mor til sit lille barn. En stemme lægger sig over, en fortællende kvindestemme, men en anden end den nynnende, det er jeg sikker på, en stemme som ganske kort gør rede for filmens arbejdsopgave som er en udredning, en undersøgelse af undertrykkelsen, torturen, henrettelserne dengang, begivenheder som fortrænges af vidnerne, de overlevende politiske fanger, men i detaljer slipper ud i sproget og tilsammen tegner et for mig et forfærdende billede af livet i fængslet Evin i Teheran i 1980-erne, de hårde år under og lige efter krigen med Irak.

Det er så mærkeligt. Maryam Zaree er en aldeles charmerende fortæller på lydsiden og medvirkende i hver eneste filmscene. Måske var det hendes mor jeg hørte i titelsekvensen, og hun var i krybben, men jeg ser hende først som vel seksårig ivrig genert i en privat familiefilm der overstyret i lyden er klippet lige på efter titelskiltet, et genert barn som overspiller sin rolle, introducerer sig selv: ” Maryam Zaree, 2. klasse i skolen, Frankfurt… med et blik til moderen… skal jeg også sige Tyskland?” Netop så charmerende som hun herefter som voksen og empatisk filminstruktør er i billedet, i scenen, spørgende, lyttende, reflekterende filmen igennem. Hun er charmerende fra den første voice over i filmens nutid til det første billede i første scene. Den voksne kvindes stemme, den helt unge kvindes, faktisk er det barnets stemme, barnet som snart vil være voksen.



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Docs & Talks 2020 /2

Written 15-01-2020 19:16:47 by Tue Steen Mller

Docs & Talks 2020 /2

”Today truth is being more and more frequently questioned when it comes to news and the constant stream of information. This makes the dissemination of research-based knowledge more important than ever in order to separate the wheat from the chaff, fake news from facts.”

Docs & Talks is a unique festival that carries the subtitle « Film and Research Days”. From Sara Thelle, who together with Tobias Havmand from DIIS (The Danish Institute for International Studies) and Rasmus Brendstrup from Cinemateket stand behind the festival, Filmkommentaren has received a press release that includes English descriptions of the films that are screened January 30 – February 5 at the Film house in Copenhagen. The quote above is from the release. READ MORE



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Oscar Doc Nominations 2020

Written 13-01-2020 15:19:09 by Tue Steen Mller

Oscar Doc Nominations 2020

Sooo, here they are the five nominated in the category for long documentaries, director(s) and producer(s) mentioned. The links will bring you to the reviews on the filmkommentaren site:

American Factory (Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert and and Jeff Reichert) - have not reviewed it, saw it on Netflix, absolutely a fine documentary

The Cave (Feras Fayyad, Kirstine Barfoed and Sigrid Dyekjær) - http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4687/

The Edge of Democracy (Petra Costa and Joanna Natasegara, Shane Boris and Tiago Pavan) - http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4638/

For Sama (Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts) - http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4626/

Honeyland - (Tamara Kotevska, Ljubomir Stefanov and Atanas Georgiev) http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4449/

The latter - AMAZING - is also nominated in the category International Feature Film together with Parasite...

That's why I chose a still from Honeyland, featuring Hatidze, for this post.

https://www.oscars.org/oscars/ceremonies/2020


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Red Carpet for Docs

Written 11-01-2020 15:54:38 by Tue Steen Mller

Red Carpet for Docs

and Nordic films, is the headline for an interview brought by the Nordisk Film & TV Fond, link for the whole text below. Kim Foss, director of the art house cinema Grand in Copenhagen since 2006, AND through the associated Camera Film distributor. I quote some of the comments Foss brings forward concerning documentaries:

”Other genres that have been winning bets in the past few years for Camera Film are documentaries. In 2019, the company distributed seven documentaries (out of 18 titles), including Norway’s The Men’s Room and the Danish docs Cold Case Hammarskjöld by Mads Brügger (6,228 admissions), Fall of Kings by Mads Kamp Thulstrup (6,793 admissions) and Photographer of War by Boris B. Bertram, second biggest Danish documentary in a decade with 13,643 admissions, according to Foss. 

“We believe strongly in Danish documentaries and this is where we will put a greater emphasis in the future,” he says. “Danish docs allow us to create in-depth marketing campaigns in conjunction with directors, local production companies, backed by the Danish Film Institute and documentary is where I come from,” said Foss who co-founded CPH:DOX in 2003. 

That’s very good news at the beginning of a new year, where Camera is taking care of the distribution of the Oscar short-listed film The Cave by Feras Fayyad, premiered two days ago. 

http://www.nordiskfilmogtvfond.com/news/stories/camera-film-rolls-out-red-carpet-for-docs-and-nordic-films?utm_campaign=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=newsletter#newsletter-link


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Feras Fayyad: The Cave

Written 06-01-2020 19:46:33 by Tue Steen Mller

Feras Fayyad: The Cave

Filmens åbning er formidabel. Intet mindre. For øjne og øre. Fra krigens helvede på jord, fra billedet af den ene ødelæggende bombe-eksplosion efter den anden i syriske Ghouta. Til kameraet bringer tilskueren ned og atter ned i én glidende bevægelse, ned til det underjordiske hospital, ned til sårede børn og voksne, som trænger til hjælp. Blødninger skal standses, splinter skal tages ud af kroppene, der er brug for medicin, for ilt – for omsorg, for trøst.

Som fantastiske Dr. Amani Ballour og hendes medarbejdere, ligeså fantastiske, giver. Smukke mennesker i en forrygende film, som ryster sin tilskuer, også bogstaveligt talt, ned i den mindste detalje – i billederne, i klipningen, i lyden, i det humanistiske budskab – hold op hvor er der arbejdet på denne kunstneriske vision fra den 36-årige syriske instruktør Feras Fayyad. Som skrevet et eller andet sted: ”It’s a film about war and terror but also about the beauty of humanity”... LÆS VIDERE



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Best Documentaries 2019 Intro

Written 31-12-2019 10:55:36 by Tue Steen Mller

Best Documentaries 2019 Intro

On this last day of 2019, and of a decade, Filmkommentaren wishes you all the best in the new year.

It’s been a pleasure for us to give you news and opinions about the (mostly) documentary world. We intend to continue in the same way in 2020.

To close 2019, below you will find a list of 16 documentaries that was seen and highly appreciated by us.

Like last year we ended up with 16, that follow in a random order.

If you wonder… where are “Aquarela”, “Bridges of Time”, “Putin’s Witnesses”… – they were on the 2018 list, the year they premiered.

If you think… why not this or that one… the reason could be that we have not seen the film! Or we did not like it! Or we had to make the limit by 16.

Filmkommentaren is run by Allan Berg and Tue Steen Müller, our policy with this con amore blog is to first of all write about what we like.

Hope you enjoy the list, and the links that will bring you to the reviews.

Photo - from the MakeDox festival in Skopje - of director Artemio Benki, who won an award at the festival, and whose "Solo" is on our list.


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Best Documentaries 2019

Written 31-12-2019 10:48:17 by Tue Steen Mller

Best Documentaries 2019

Thomas Heise: Heimat is a Space in Time

http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4628/

http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4631/

Alexander Nanau: Collective

http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4662/

Tamara Kotevska & Ljubomir Stefanov: Honeyland

http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4449/

Artemio Benki: Solo

http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4542/

Sergey Loznitsa: A State Funeral

http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4671/

Feras Fayyad: The Cave

Review with top marks will follow – in Danish – in connection with the cinema release in Denmark in a few days

Waad al-Kateab & Edward Watts: For Sama

http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4626/

Jørgen Leth: I Walk

http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4667/

Ksenia Okhapkina: Immortal

http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4572/

Rachel Leah Jones & Philippe Bellaiche : Advocate

http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4553/

Audrius Mickevicius & Nerijus Milerius: Exemplary Behaviour

http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4648/

Alex Brendea: Teach

http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4646/

Enrico Cerasuolo: The Passion of Anna Magnani

http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4644/

Ellen Fiske & Ellinor Hallin: Scheme Birds

http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4624/

Anna Eborn: Transnistra

http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4475/

Arthur Sukiasyan: Wound

http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/4534/


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Docs & Talks 2020 /1

Written 29-12-2019 08:37:57 by Allan Berg Nielsen

Docs & Talks 2020 /1

Den fine lille festival Docs & Talks atter med alvorlige og smukke film om frygtelige emner som undertrykkelse, politisk vold, krig, byers udslettelse og de langtrækkende følger af dette begynder 30. januar sin 2020 udgave i Cinemateket i København. Den arrangeres hvert år af DIIS (Dansk Institut for Internationale Studier) i samarbejde med Cinemateket. Filmkommentaren.dk har hvert år fulgt denne begivenhed med særlig opmærksomhed. Det vil vi også gøre i år.

Her skriver festivalens redaktør, Sara Thelle således om åbningsfilmen og samtalen efter filmen:

"Festivalen Docs & Talks åbner med den iransk-tyske instruktør Maryam Zarees meget personlige fortælling om at vokse op som barn af forældre med en fortid som politiske fanger i Iran.

Maryam finder som voksen ud af, at hun er født i det berygtede Evin-fængsel i Teheran. Hendes mor flygtede til Tyskland med hende, da hun var lille, og har aldrig siden ønsket at tale om tiden før. Da Maryam begynder at opleve angstanfald, prøver hun at få sin mor til at bryde tavsheden for at få svar på de mange spørgsmål, der plager hende.

Den dybt bevægende film blev modtaget med stående klapsalver efter premieren på Berlinalen sidste år og modtog efterfølgende prisen som festivalens bedste tyske film.

Efter filmen vil instruktør Maryam Zaree tale om nogle af de mekanismer og mønstre, der er forbundet med kollektiv vold og dens eftervirkninger. Det sker i samtale med seniorforsker ved DIIS Robin May Schott, og psykolog ved Læger uden grænser Mozhdeh Ghasemiyani. Bliv klogere på, hvordan traume bevæger sig videre til den næste generation, og hvad der sker, når man bryder tavsheden – både på det individuelle plan, i familien, og mere overordnet i samfundet i form af sandhedskommissioner.

Debatten foregår på engelsk og varer cirka 50 minutter. Billetpris: 95/65 kr. Efter filmen byder den Østrigske Ambassade på et glas vin til festivalens åbningsreception i Asta Bar. Arrangementet præsenteres i samarbejde med Goethe-Institut Dänemark og den Østrigske Ambassade. 

https://www.dfi.dk/cinemateket/biograf/filmserier/serie/docs-talks-30-januar-5-februar-2020 


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