Filmkommentaren

Christian Braad Thomsen: Fassbinder /2

Written 01-05-2016 11:33:01 by Sara Thelle

Danish documentary master Christian Braad Thomsen’s Fassbinder portrait opens in theatres in New York today. Richard Brody praises the film in a great article in The New Yorker (April 28 2016), in which he compares it with another portrait film about Hannah Arendt and thus describes the "differences between an artistic experience and a prefabricated time-stuffer" ! 

"Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands is the rarest of portrait-films: in addition to being a crucial addition to the critical and biographical record, it’s a cinematic experience in itself, a work of art that can stand on its own as a movie. If Fassbinder were no real person but a fictional character created by Thomsen, the film would endure as a deeply imagined, fierce, and graceful drama..."

Read the rest:

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/richard-brody/the-documentaries-they-deserve-hannah-arendt-and-rainer-werner-fassbinder

Fassbinder: To Love Without Demands (Denmark 2015) is being screened at The Metrograph in New York May 1-5:

http://metrograph.com/film/film/113/fassbinder-to-love-without-demands

http://braadthomsen.com/

Photograph courtesy Christian Braad Thomsen 


Categories: Cinema, Film History, Articles/Reviews ENGLISH

DocsBarcelona 2016

Written 30-04-2016 18:18:08 by Tue Steen Müller

The program is announced for DocsBarcelona 2016, May 23 to May 29. I have below copy-pasted the press release that came out today. As one of the programmers for the festival part, I am looking forward to attend and participate in the triangled meetings between film, audience and filmmaker. Number 19 it is, but there was actually a prologue in Granada with the presence of DocsBarcelona’s Joan Gonzalez, who fell in love with pitching and convinced us at EDN to move it to Barcelona. It was the right solution:

Everything is ready for the nineteenth edition of DocsBarcelona. About to turn two decades of history, the festival will screen 46 films from 28 countries at the CCCB, and the Aribau Club, bringing together more than 500 professionals in its financial market, and to the activities for the industry.



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Categories: Festival, Film History, Articles/Reviews ENGLISH

Zelig Documentary Film School 2016-2019

Written 29-04-2016 10:44:41 by Tue Steen Müller

My friends at the Bolzano based film school Zelig has asked me to tell our readers that the call for applications for the 2016-2019 training cycle is open. Normally we don’t do that kind of promotion on this site but when it comes to praise a school that develops talent in documentary filmmaking with a focus on the genre as an art form, it is with pleasure that I repeat what I have written on the Zelig website:

"The focus at ZeLIG is clear: You need to learn the craft to be able to develop your creativity. You need to learn team-work and to test yourself as a coming documentarian. The school is small with a big heart, a generous staff and committed teachers. The students watch loads of films and make several themselves before they enter the jungle. 3 years. A gift!"

And here is what the school it self states: ZeLIG provides professional training in documentary filmmaking. The program is aimed at preparing young people for careers in filmmaking and the audiovisual sector. Specific attention is focused on documentary cinema in all its forms. The school is located in Bolzano, Italy – a multilingual city, strategically located at the crossroads of Italian, Austrian and German cultures. This gives ZeLIG a distinctly international flavor. Our students and teachers come from around the world, united in their quest to explore, create and further their knowledge of documentary filmmaking. The program provides the basic skills required by the various professional roles in audiovisual production, along with the opportunity to major in one of three key specialized areas in documentary filmmaking:

  • Direction/Project Development
  • Photography/Lights
  • Editing/Post-Production

Applications for the 2016-2019 training cycle are open, deadline May 26.

Photo taken from the website of the school: teacher in cinematography Tarek Ben Abdallah in action with students around him.

http://www.zeligfilm.it/en/


Categories: Articles/Reviews ENGLISH

CinéDOC Tbilisi – Good EUnews

Written 29-04-2016 10:12:02 by Tue Steen Müller

Georgia is (still) not a member of the European Union and yet there is a cultural link that works as in this case, I copy-paste a message from the festival FB page:

”We are very proud to announce that CinéDOC-Tbilisi is the first Georgian film festival to be funded by the Creative Europe Program of the European Union! We are honored to be funded in the same group with such great film festivals like Dok Leipzig, Sarajevo Film Festival, Oberhausen, La Rochelle, Doc Lisboa, Jihlava Documentary Film Festival and 23 other festivals selected out of 108 eligible applicants!

The selection letter made us extremely happy: "This is a very valuable festival led by a professional team. The event has a strong representation year round and outside its home city.[...] The festival is a very good example of decentralisation of European festival life, bringing European cultural works to new audiences."”

The festival takes place October 21-25.

http://www.cinedoc-tbilisi.com/


Categories: Festival, Articles/Reviews ENGLISH

Jørgen Leth: Lyrikporten – 28 danske digtere /1

Written 27-04-2016 18:12:01 by Allan Berg Nielsen

Jeg kunne da umuligt dengang tro at Jørgen Leth kunne gentage mesterværket ”Dansk litteratur”. Det kunne han så bare. Her er nogle få scener, tilsammen en færdig film inde i et filmværk som jeg langsomt vil åbne op. Rationerer jeg med én om dagen, er der til en måned, næsten. I dag, premieredagen er mit klare valg:

Jørgen Leth præsenterer Lea Marie Løppenthin:

http://28danskedigtere.gyldendal.dk/#show/346be144-04d4-459b-abc0-f9d6aa647b45

Der er non-stop visninger i Cinemateket:

http://www.dfi.dk/Filmhuset/Cinemateket/Walk-in-Bio.aspx

http://www.dfi.dk/Filmhuset/Cinemateket/Billetter-og-program/Serie.aspx?serieID=12360


Categories: Artikler/anmeldelser DANSK, Web

DocsBarcelona 2016 Poster

Written 27-04-2016 17:25:18 by Tue Steen Müller

By courtesy of Louie Palu, the main character of ”Kandahar Journals”, that he also directed together with Devin Gallagher, the upcoming DocsBarcelona festival, is using one of his photos to promote the festival. Stunning. Attractive. From the website of the film a citation from the synopsis of a film that comes to the Barcelona festival with a lot of awards:

… April 2006. Photojournalist Louie Palu, finds himself in the midst of body parts and the smell of burned flesh. On his first visit to Kandahar he is covering a suicide bombing. Arriving in the country as the wars violence spirals out of control, Louie is unaware that he will spend the next five years covering the conflict. He begins writing a series of journals reflecting on his personal experience and what the war looked like and felt to him. This film explores a photojournalist’s first hand account of his psychological state while covering a war. The film follows Louie’s journey covering the war in Kandahar from 2006 to 2010 and its aftermath…

http://www.kandaharjournals.com/project-history/

www.docsbarcelona.com


Categories: Festival, Articles/Reviews ENGLISH

Torben Skjødt Jensen: Eksil /2

Written 27-04-2016 15:47:05 by Allan Berg Nielsen

Scenen er fra Teater Nordkraft i Aalborg fra Mikkel Flyvholms opsætning i 2013 af ”Eksil” skrevet af Andreas Garfield på grundlag af Jakob Ejersbos roman fra 2009 med samme titel. Skuespilleren med front mod os er Sofie Saaby Mehlum. Hun er et uartigt barn, en vild pige, en udfordrende kvinde. Hun er Samantha fra romanen, hun er den fjerne kvinde som vi i vignetformede spillefilmscener i en anden skuespillers ganske anderledes fremstilling så i Christian Holken Bonkes film ”Ejersbo” på DR2 Dokumania i aftes, hvor der i et lag for sig kan læses synes jeg ”… en fortællelinje som dannes af interviewene med søsteren, faderen, moderen, vennen i Tanzania og kæresten i Danmark, et forløb som er en næsten nyfigen skildring af hvad der egentlig er en ganske privat familiehistorie, hvor der kun i ét af temaerne, i tegningen af kærlighedsforholdene skimtes poetisk kraft i Holten Bonkes ellers nøgternt prosaisk episke behandling af dette stof, allermest i skildringen af forholdet til en sjælsallieret, en vigtig fjern kvinde. Dette afsnit har Bonke fint og kontrolleret smukt viet en iscenesættelse af en rekonstruktion.” (Filmkommentarens anmeldelse). Denne vigtige fjerne kvinde er Samantha.

Hun er efterhånden blevet en mytisk skikkelse i dansk litteratur- og filmhistorie, for mig i høj grad fordi Torben Skjødt Jensen i en forrygende overførsel til tv og samtidig en klog og følsom fortolkning har fastholdt Garfields, Flyvholm og Saaby Mehlums teaterværk i et dokumentarisk filmværk, hvor ”hun (Saaby Mehlum som Amantha) lader hvert øjeblik med sin energi, sin musikalitet, sin autenticitet i hver eneste reaktion og hvert eneste udtryk. Og netop det er noget, dokumentarens iagttagelse om ikke muliggør at se, for sådan er det heller ikke, men udpeger og understreger, så jeg ikke alene oplever en 15 årig kvinde, men en voksen kvinde i sit mimesiske øjeblik på øjeblik på øjeblik, en skuespiller i sin kropslige erindring.” (Filmkommentarens anmeldelse)

Skjødt Jensens dokumentarfilm da på en eller anden måde kunne gøres tilgængelig for publikum så forevigelsen den sådan fortjener, kan nå sit mål: Vi må have de to Ejersbofilm ved siden af hinanden, så hans Samantha kan leve videre i nye skikkelser, nye forståelser.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsRZqbe4-JM (Teaser fra ”Eksil” på Teater Nordkraft)

http://www.peripeti.dk/2013/03/26/eksil-pa-teater-nordkraft-instrueret-af-mikkel-flyvholm/ (Anmeldelse af teateropførelsen af ”Eksil”)

http://www.filmdir.dk/da/torben-skjdt-jensen(Torben Skjødt Jensens lange filmografi med dokumentarversionerne af teateropførelser som de nyere af hans værker)


Categories: TV, Film History, Artikler/anmeldelser DANSK

Christian Holten Bonke: Ejersbo /3

Written 26-04-2016 09:44:01 by Allan Berg Nielsen

"Det åbner så smukt med en arkivoptagelse af forfatteren Jakob Ejersbo i en bus i Tanzania må det jo være, smuk, glad, forventningsfuld. Så vandrer han hen ad den afrikanske landevej, kameraet ser ham bagfra. Vi vil gerne følge ham, vil gerne blive i den her filmpoetiske historie.

Men straks derefter tages der med det observerende kamera fat på bjergvandringen som gennemgående fortællelag..."

TV2 Dokumania sender ”Ejersbo” I AFTENl 20:45. Jeg skrev om den meget interessant komplicerede film ved DOXBIO premieren i efteråret, jeg anbefaler den igen meget, læs hele anmeldelsen her:

http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/3372/

 


Vurdering:

 
Categories: TV, Artikler/anmeldelser DANSK

Jonas Mekas See Everything Like for the First Time

Written 25-04-2016 11:45:06 by Tue Steen Müller

Renowned critic and writer Richard Brody has – in the New Yorker - written a long and extremely interesting article on – as he calls him – ”Jonas Mekas, Champion of the ”Poetic” Cinema”. This time the theme is not Mekas as a filmmaker and founder of organisations/assocations for the independent cinema, ”but the activity that’s suddenly in the forefront is his critical writing: his “Movie Journal: The Rise of a New American Cinema, 1959-1971” has just been reissued by Columbia University Press, and it’s a cause for celebration—and consideration. The original edition, from 1972, is long out of print. The book is a rich trove of cinematic wisdom, an artistic time capsule of New York at a moment of crucial energy, and a reflection of controversies and struggles regarding independent filmmaking that endure to this day…”.

The excellent introduction that Brody’s article gives to the book that I will order asap (as well as I will go buy Danish Lars Movin’s new book (in Danish) on American Avantgarde Cinema) mentions Mekas fascination about the French Wave, states that he has written the best ever about Welles ”The Trial”, and about Marlon Brando this ”(his) best work is “the bits in between the action. It’s there that every little word, every little motion, every silence suddenly becomes charged with expression.” And about Cassavetes of course but also Max Ophuls and Godard… READ THE ARTICLE, link below.

Mekas was (is in his 93rd year) a visionary, who predicted with his never sleeping enthusiasm that film with the technological development will be able to reach everyone. BUT as the true documentarian he is (written in 1966): … Let’s show everything, everything. We can do it today. . . . We have to see everything, to look at everything through our lenses, see everything like for the first time: From a man sleeping, from our own navels, to our more complex daily activities, tragedies, loves, and crimes. Somewhere, we have lost touch with our own reality and the camera eye will help us to make contact again.  

http://www.newyorker.com/culture/richard-brody/jonas-mekas-champion-of-the-poetic-cinema

http://jonasmekas.com/diary/


Categories: Film History, Articles/Reviews ENGLISH

Audrius Stonys: The Truth of Life…

Written 25-04-2016 10:41:09 by Tue Steen Müller

… this is just a natural thing in documentary filmmaking, the moment you think you know everything and it only remains to capture your “discoveries”, the truth of life takes over and turns against you. So, I let my visions be transformed. The essence lies in the quest. Subsequently, the films will live the lives of their own….

Says Audrius Stonys in an interview on cineuropa, very well made by Aukse Kancereviciute. I recommend you to read it all, here is a taster:  

The film Ūkų ūkai emerged from a desire to expose the beauty industry, but in the course of shooting your attitude changed radically. Does it often happen that life adjusts preconceived visions?

Perhaps not a single one of my films was unaffected by this. The idea changes, because reality turns it upside down and destroys it. At first I was very frightened; it seemed to me that was it – that was the end. I had an idea and everything took another turn. Then I understood that this was supposed to be so. None of my films are as I originally conceived them. In Ūkų ūkai both the theme and the characterchanged. Instead of a strong, healthy, young man who goes swimming every day irrespective of whether it rains or snows, we have a tiny old woman tip-toeing across her room. Alone (Viena) was supposed to be about a girl who is going to visit her mother, who is in prison, and talking what she sees and feels, but instead I made a completely silent film. New Martyrology (Tas, kurio nėra) was supposed to show a man who died unbeknownst to anybody, but instead the Lithuanian film director Augustinas Baltrušaitis, whom fate and circumstances tossed into complete oblivion, became the protagonist of the film. When shooting Cenotaph it seemed that the film was about the meaning of reburial, but it turned out to be about meaninglessness. The initial concept is therefore diametrically opposite…

http://cineuropa.org/it.aspx?t=interview&l=en&did=307560


Categories: Film History, Articles/Reviews ENGLISH

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