Filmkommentaren

The 60th Krakow Film Festival will take place!

Written 31-03-2020 11:21:21 by Tue Steen Mller

 The 60th Krakow Film Festival will take place!

It was expected... alas... but cheers to the festival team and the filmmakers that the festival will take place... online. I had expected - in my selfnishness - with my wife - to have celebrated our silver wedding in Krakow and follow the fine festival in persona. It will be at home in Copenhagen. Here is the press release that came in this morning:



Read more / Ls mere

Categories: Festival, Film History, Articles/Reviews ENGLISH

Yasmin Fedda: Ayouni

Written 30-03-2020 10:22:51 by Tue Steen Mller

Yasmin Fedda: Ayouni

First the short synopsis of the film, explaining the title and introducing…”Noura and Machi (who) search for answers about their loved ones – Bassel Safadi and Paolo Dall’Oglio, who are among the over 100,000 forcibly disappeared in Syria. Faced with the limbo of an overwhelming absence of information, hope is the only thing they have to hold on to. ‘Ayouni’ is a deeply resonant Arabic term of endearment – meaning ‘my eyes’ and understood as ‘my love’. Filmed over 6 years and across multiple countries in search of answers, Ayouni is an attempt to give numbers faces, to give silence a voice, and to make the invisible undeniably visible…”

… take a look at the photo above: Happiness. Noura and Bassel. A couple in 

 



Read more / Ls mere

Vurdering:

 
Categories: Festival, Articles/Reviews ENGLISH

Mikala Krogh: Scandinavian Star, episode 4

Written 29-03-2020 18:29:24 by Allan Berg Nielsen

Mikala Krogh: Scandinavian Star, episode 4

Jeg tror, ser, mærker at serien er ved et vendepunkt. Den voldsomme brand pludselig om natten ved kajen i Lysekil er mystisk, men uden oprørthed, den overgår til eftertanken i denne episode med den langsommere klipperytme, den roligere montage. Fjerde episode handler omhyggeligt reflekterende om hævn, halvhjertethed, dovenskab, kærligheds indsigt og civilt mod. Det er – tror jeg – en nødvendig overgang for at bringe de grusomme scener på plads i sindets sortering, scenerne i ildhavet forrige nat hvor mennesker skreg i angstens kaos før smerten og døden. Kvalt og brændt ihjel.

Bisættelsen eller rettere mindehøjtideligheden i Frederikshavn Kirke rummer et drama og en elegi. At skibsrederen og den administrerende direktør fra rederiet kommer til stede med en fremmed magtkulturs arrogance er en vild provokation. Det er jo på den ene eller anden måde deres skyld. Et vidne som jeg kender godt gennem episoderne til nu, som har mistet hvad hun elskede, sit livs grundlag, og nu kun lever for retfærdighedens fyldest og skyldnernes straf og allerede er frustreret i dette, som derfor ikke tror på denne sammenhængskraft, erklærer til kameraet, at havde hun, havde hun haft et skydevåben, var hun gået hen til de to og havde dræbt dem, den ene efter den anden. I et hævnens drama.

Jette Andersen fra Grenaa mistede sin mand, lastbilchaufføren ved brandene, som han, hvis han havde overlevet var blevet sigtet for, da han i sin fortid havde alvorlige pyromanforhold. Hun kender hans fortid indgående og Mikala Kroghs for mig aldeles pålidelige interviews med hende folder et særegent kærlighedsforhold ud i en smukt skæv elegi som bringer en anden sandheds mulighed ind over for det norske politis halvhjertede indkredsning af gerningsmanden.



Read more / Ls mere

Vurdering:

 
Categories: TV, Artikler/anmeldelser DANSK

David Osit: Mayor

Written 28-03-2020 09:17:04 by Tue Steen Mller

David Osit: Mayor

Musa Hadid is the mayor in Ramallah. A busy man, who goes around in his city, talks to his citizens, tries to solve smaller and bigger problems. With a focus on the smaller. He wants the city to be welcoming foreigners on visit and first of all a nice place to live in. We are not replacing political leadership, he says, referring to what is the job of the President Mahmoud Abbas (Abu Mazen). The film, shot in 2017, follows the mayor when he and his city council prepare for the xmas celebrations – how should the xmas tree look like, how is his fountain outside the City Hall to be lit, in colours, with music. But Musa Hadid can not avoid the occupation – and he does not, when a German delegation visits with proposals on how to solve the everlasting conflict with the Israelis suppressors ! And it does not get better when the message from Donald Trump is announced : We are are going to have an embassy in Jerusalem. The consequent demonstrations and confrontations with the Israeli army entering Ramallah give the film a dramatic shift with the e-cigarette smoking mayor behind the glass walls of his city hall looking at youngsters throwing stones with the usual answer from the occupiers : tear gas.

The film follows the sympathetic mayor closely, you can only respect him at the same time as you understand his more than difficult job. At a point he talks about « dignity ». How is that possible if I am asked to undress by a 16 year old soldier from the occupying country, when I am travelling outside Ramallah. 

USA, 87 mins., 2020


Vurdering:

 
Categories: Festival, Articles/Reviews ENGLISH

CPH:DOX 2020 Awards

Written 27-03-2020 19:19:01 by Tue Steen Mller

CPH:DOX 2020 Awards

Just watched the online award ceremony of CPH:DOX, very well performed with the festival director Tine Fischer and the two programmers Mads Mikkelsen and Niklas Engstrøm guiding the viewer from one competition category to another, with juries giving their motivations and filmmakers thanking - and with clips of films that will be seen in the coming days. Bravo!

The award winners - read https://en.cphdox.dk/nyhed/cph-dox-announces-its-2020-award-winners, the still is from the film that received, very well deserved, two awards: "Songs of Repression". 


Categories: Festival, Articles/Reviews ENGLISH

Projects awarded first ZagrebDoxPro online edition

Written 27-03-2020 17:37:15 by Tue Steen Mller

Projects awarded first ZagrebDoxPro online edition

Copy-Paste of a press release from a couple of days ago, written so well by Petra Blaskovic, who also worked for IDFA 2019. Here we go:

Hungarian project Queen of Chess by Bernadett Tuza-Ritter won the HBO Europe Award, the Al Jazeera Balkans Award went to The Other Side of the Pipe by Marko Kumer Murč from Slovenia, Ever Since I Know Myself by Maka Gogaladze from Georgia received the ZagrebDox Pro Online Mentor Award, and Forbidden by Anelise Salan from Romania picked up the DAE Mentoring Pitch Award. 

This also concludes the first online edition of Zagreb Pro that took place from 15-23 March. 

Following a four-day online workshop and the Pitching Forum at which the 



Read more / Ls mere

Categories: Festival, Articles/Reviews ENGLISH

Natalija Yefimkina: Garage People

Written 26-03-2020 14:13:28 by Tue Steen Mller

Natalija Yefimkina: Garage People

I remember when it was pitched at the Baltic Sea Forum in Riga. My positive reaction was with a smile of surprise. And expectation to what the director would get out of it in the final film. Now the film is there and it keeps what it promised:

This is how Russian men in the snowy North of the country escape from the daily boredom to nurse a passion, to do something they like, to dream, to have a parallel life in a harsh mining area. The doors are opened to the garages and there you have the man, who suffers from the Parkinson disease but goes to work in his workshop. And there you have the group of friends, who have formed a band to play loud heavy-metal kind of music. And the grandson and grandfather at the garage, where the latter for decades – as his father - has dig out below to reach… yes, to reach what in the underground? And the ones who have turned the garage into a fitness centre! And the man (photo), who lost two wives but – we see that in the film – has a date that seems to turn out successful. 

Not to forget the man, who makes wooden icons and gets a visit from the priest, who wants an art piece for his church. As the only one we follow him (the artist!) to his home, where his wife scolds him for drinking too much. And yes, there is always a bottle in the garage.

There is a lot of vodka in the film; understandable under these weather and the poor living conditions you can imagine!?

This is a film, where no fingers are pointed. The director observes, she shows, but the way she shows, the building of the film, the cinematic choices she has made reveals clearly that she loves the protagonists, the characters, the participants.

Not long ago a filmmaker asked me why I am so fond of documentaries. My very banal short answer was: People, Life… This is one of those fims that gives me People and Life. Awarded at the Berlinale.     

Germany, 2020, 95 mins.


Vurdering:

 
Categories: Festival, Articles/Reviews ENGLISH

Mikala Krogh: Scandinavian Star, episode 3

Written 23-03-2020 13:58:21 by Allan Berg Nielsen

Mikala Krogh: Scandinavian Star, episode 3

NOTITSER

Jeg må hvile mig ved noget trygt, og nu som i de første episoder er det gennem dette vidne jeg vælger at forstå en vigtig del af hvad der skete på skibet den nat og den morgen. Det er fordi jeg vældig godt kan lide ham i hvert et klip fra interviewet og måske fordi han er som hentet ud af en Bergmanfilm, blandt de gode og solide folk. Ikke slynglerne.

Han var dengang og er nu i tv-serien den dygtige brandchef, som sender det første røgdykkerhold om bord på det brændende skib, og han leder brandslukningen da flere brandmænd er kommet om bord sammen med ham, han ser andre personer komme om bord med helt andre opgaver end de angivne og gør sig sine tanker…

2

Jeg farer vild i historisk nutid, mener han gjorde sig sine tanker som han nu deler med kameraet og mig. Da Skandinavian Star er bugseret til Lysekil i Sverige ser jeg ham ganske kort på kajen, han er gået i land med sine folk, et nyt hold brandmænd overtager efterslukningen. Jeg ser ham ikke mere, men han kan da ikke være skrevet ud Mikala Kroghs serie? Hun har jo fået mig til at holde af ham, vente med største spænding på at han længere fremme i forløbet føjer det afgørende til det spor hun med ham forfølger i en mulig afklaring / opklaring. Han var jo der rolig i telefonforbindelse med de forreste, senere selv blandt dem. Han er jo der igen i begivenhederne, rolig i stolen blandt de forreste.

3

Nutid / datid det er ofte ikke til at se, for nutid er jo der på skærmen når han fortæller, mens billederne for en stor del blev set af kameraet dengang. Mikala Krogh vil øjensynlig den sammensmeltning, denne sproglige undersøgelse af den historiske nutid. Hendes værktøj er klippernes behændige montage. Jeg ved ikke hvor jeg er, ser ikke de tre årtier hen over de medvirkende. Men jeg er i deres travlhed, i deres håb, i deres smerte gennem de nu mange minutters tid. Og alligevel fatter jeg det ikke.

Danmark 2020, 3. episode, 58 min. af en tv-serie på i alt 6 episoder. Mandag 23. marts 2020 20:00 på DR 1. Kan også ses på DR TV.


Vurdering:

 
Categories: TV, Artikler/anmeldelser DANSK

Magnus Gertten: Only the Devil Lives Without Hope

Written 22-03-2020 19:22:31 by Tue Steen Mller

Magnus Gertten: Only the Devil Lives Without Hope

Dilya. That’s her name, the protagonist who has given the title to the film. She does not give up in her fight to get Iskandar, her brother, out of prison in Uzbekistan. The prison is Jaslyk. He was sent to this infamous prison in 1999 accused of being a terrorist involved in a bombing in Tashkent. She says a couple time that only the devil… She does not want to give up.

Dilya. Nickname for Dilobar. Close-up after close-up invites the audience to read her emotions. There are smiles and tears and expressions of wondering. She lives in Sweden with her parents, she had to leave her country; with her family, it is sometimes unbearable to watch the father and his constant pain waiting for news from the Uzbekistan that most of us know very little about except for the name of the brutal president Karimov, who ran the country with an iron fist for decades. He died in 2016...

 



Read more / Ls mere

Vurdering:

 
Categories: Festival, Articles/Reviews ENGLISH

Humbert & Penzel: Step Across the Border

Written 22-03-2020 13:43:52 by Tue Steen Mller

Humbert & Penzel: Step Across the Border

I needed a break from watching new documentaries and through the Swiss https://www.artfilm.ch/de/dokumentarfilme (many films for free streaming) I was brought to watch this Swiss classic from 1990. The title was familiar but I could not remember if I had seen it before. I had not. 30 years old but still fresh and fun to watch, because of its energy, of its constant surprises in its narrative construction; „let’s try it all” as the leading music genius Fred Frith does, FF being (indeed when you watch his ”instruments”) multiinstrumentalist, composer and improviser. He is here, there and everywhere, in the studio, at a concert, in the countryside playing with friends, in a cellar improvising, in landscapes – in NY and very much in Japan where a good deal of the film is shot. Rainy streets, Japanese sleeping in the train, FF and colleague discussing at a Japanese outdoor kitchen. ”I am happy if just one person comes to me after a performance saying that it meant something for him or her”.

… and I remember the creative collaboration that FF has had with German filmmaker Thomas Riedelsheymer – “Touch the Sound” (2004), a true masterpiece with the nearly deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie and FF. 

The sound/music is great, you will listen, like it or dislike it. There is a movement in this powerful film, and for the fans of Jonas Mekas and Robert Frank there are small bits with them to enjoy.

Love what the directors say, quote: "In unserem Film treffen sich zwei verwandte künstlerische Ausdrucksformen: Improvisierte Musik und Cinema direct. In beiden Fällen geht es um den Moment, um das intuitive Begreifen, was in einem Raum vor sich geht. Musik und Film entstehen aus der verschärften Wahrnehmung für das Augenblickliche, nicht aus der Umsetzung eines gedanklichen Plans."

Nicolas Humbert und Werner Penzel

The film can be watched for free via the link above.

Switzerland, 1990, 84 mins.


Vurdering:

 
Categories: Film History, Articles/Reviews ENGLISH

web: infoserv   cms: aviva cms