Filmkommentaren

Ezra Edelman: O.J.: Made in America

Written 27-07-2016 15:41:37 by Allan Berg Nielsen

Kollega Tue Steen Müller spørger mig, hvorfor jeg bliver ved med at se serien om O. J. Simpson, selvom jeg var skeptisk efter første afsnit, som vi så sammen... Jamen, netop det spørgsmål har jeg stillet mig selv efter DR2 visningen i aftes (jeg så dog kun sidste 2/3 og har ikke set de mellemliggende, men vil prøve at gøre det) og siden er jeg begyndt forsøgsvis at læse de begejstrede anmeldelser. Kan jeg finde en forklaring der? Eller er det klipningen? Biljagten i afsnittet i aftes for eksempel? Jeg har ikke været så optaget af en amerikansk arkivfilm siden måske Barak Goodmans serie "Clinton" eller endnu mere præcist siden Emile de Antonios "Millhouse" som end ikke er sentimental hvad Clintonbiografien er. Må prøve at finde kræfter til at se og finde en forklaring...

USA 2016, 463 mins

Seriens længde er således en udfordring. “… Its length may seem daunting, but I would have watched it for another eight hours and will almost certainly watch it again before the summer is over. It’s that good”, skriver imidlertid Brian Tallerico i sin grundige og kloge anmeldelse på rogerebert.com:

http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/oj-made-in-america-2016


Categories: TV, Artikler/anmeldelser DANSK

Best Documentary in Odessa

Written 27-07-2016 10:43:26 by Tue Steen Müller

… at the International Film Festival, in a city I dream to visit one day… was ”In California” by French Charles Redon, a film that was also screened at IDFA 2015. This is the description of the film taken from the IDFA website, quite fascinating synopsis:

”A tribute to a tormented love story by the young French filmmaker Charles Redon, who adores and constantly films his girlfriend, an ambitious professional ballerina named Mathilde Froustey. Mathilde eats, trains and sleeps while Redon acts as her assistant. He is fascinated by her physical form and her discipline until he finds out that she is abusing her body. This completely changes the way he sees her: in his eyes, she is transformed from an admirable dancer into a dance-obsessed person with no mercy for her own body. When she starts to avoid him and no longer wants to cooperate with the film, Redon becomes obsessed with the issue that has become a taboo subject in their relationship. Made up of private recordings, the film concentrates on the time surrounding the French couple’s move to San Francisco, where Mathilde is pursuing a career as prima ballerina. Redon uses many different camera techniques to document his life with Mathilde in diary style – from a spy cam to a camera mounted on a selfie stick and a drone. He also delivers poetic commentary with enchanting images of jellyfish, a heron and a crocodile.”

A special mention was given to ”My Friend Boris Nemtsov” by Zosya Rodkevich, the film that got the main award at the festival in Krakow earlier this summer.

The jury in Odessa consisted of three persons, who always do their best to keep alive the often used filmkommentaren-sentence ”East Beats West” – the most original and innovative documentaries come from the Eastern part of Europe..:

From left Gennady Koffmann, Marina Razbezhkina and Rada Sesic.


Categories: Festival, Articles/Reviews ENGLISH

Nordisk Panorama Competition Announced

Written 26-07-2016 17:58:11 by Tue Steen Müller

“Nordisk Panorama Film Festival takes place between 16-21 September in Malmö, Sweden. Out of 616 submitted titles, 50 films have now officially been selected to partake in this year’s Nordic championship in documentary and short film production – Nordisk Panorama Awards…”,

words from the start of the press release that came in today, I add this information on the documentary competition: “Jury: Grit Lemke, DOK Leipzig (Germany) Chris Hastings, World Channel (USA), Camilla Nielsson, Winner of Best Nordic Documentary Award 2015 (Denmark)…”, the latter standing behind one of the most important documentaries from the last years, “Democrats”.

Let me mention some of the titles from the category “Best Nordic Documentary” starting with a salute for the choice of the controversial Andrei Nekrasov film “The Magnitsky Act” that other festivals have rejected because of fear for being sued by the powerful main protagonist. Otherwise it is obvious that Swedish/Polish Jerzy Sladkowski is there with “Don Juan”, Sara Broos with “Reflections”, the Gertten brothers with “Becoming Zlatan”, Norwegian Aslaug Holm with “Brothers” and Nicole Horanyi with “Motley’s Law”. These are all films that we have given positive reviews on this site.

Soon we will bring a review of “Those Who Jump” by Estephan Wagner, Moritz Siebert & Abou Bakar Sidibé – a film that has an international life as has Andreas Johnsen with his “Bugs”…

Bon appetit!

http://nordiskpanorama.com/en/industry/festival/competition-programme/


Categories: Festival, Articles/Reviews ENGLISH

Cecilie McNair: Mukwano

Written 25-07-2016 10:28:06 by Allan Berg Nielsen

Den sidste onsdagsfilm på Øksnehallens udstilling Africa Reframed er dansk og fra i år og i sit emne sørgelig aktuel, den behandler det mere end problematiske i at udvise homoseksuelle asylansøgere til et land, hvor homoseksuelle forfølges af såvel myndigheder som store dele af den omgivende befolkning.

SYNOPSIS

Mary Kabufufu er lesbisk og asylansøger. Hun leder efter sin kæreste, som forsvandt under deres flugt fra Uganda. Til Marys sidste interview i Flygtningenævnet går det op for hende, at hun har overset en ledetråd, som måske kan føre hende til kæresten. Men hun ved stadig ikke, om hun får asyl. (Africa Reframed program)

SYNOPSIS

Mary Kabufufu is lesbian and asylum seeker. She is looking for her girlfriend, who disappeared during their escape from Uganda. During her last interview at the Refugee Board it dawns on her that she has overlooked a clue that might lead her to her girlfriend. But she still does not know if she can get asylum. (Afrika Reframed programme)

Denmark 2016.

Filmen vises i udstillingen i Øksnehallen på onsdag 27. juli 19:00

http://super16.dk/teaser-foersteaarsfilm-mukwano/ (kort klip fra en scene i filmen)

http://www.africareframed.com/events/dk/2016/7/27/filmvisning-mukwano


Categories: Festival, Artikler/anmeldelser DANSK

Ikke såkaldte afgørende øjeblikke

Written 24-07-2016 10:20:32 by Allan Berg Nielsen

Udstillingen af Finn Larsens og Lars Johanssons fotografier Ung i Randers 1978-1979 i Øksnehallen i København går nu ind i sin sidste uge. Ved åbningen talte forskningsbibliotekaren Sarah Giersing om de udstillede fotografier, og jeg vil her i anledningen trække et lille afsnit fra hendes lange, kloge tale frem, også fordi det er begivenheder i min by hun talte om. Men til Filmkommentarens læsere især her noget vigtigt, hun sagde om den dokumentariske tradition:

”… Finn Larsen og Lars Johansson talte med unge mennesker i Randers, det var dem og deres liv, der var feltet. De lavede udstillinger med og om de unge, og de lavede film. Der blev virkelig produceret materiale i løbet af de to år. Men det blev kameraet, de to især så de unge med. De var inspireret af den dokumentariske tradition, og de kunne kombinere en kunstnerisk indføling med etnologens udforskende og registrerende blik. Fotografierne er ret nøgterne i deres udseende. De fleste er skudt lige på, de har en eller flere personer i centrum. De har større vægt på at indfange ansigternes bevægelse og kroppenes gestik end på at fortolke en særlig stemning eller en bestemt situation. De enkelte fotografier fremstiller ikke såkaldte ”afgørende øjeblikke”. Alligevel får vi – gennem personernes udtryk – indtryk af, at fotograferne har været til stede i noget vigtigt. Og det indtryk forstærkes af fotografiernes mængde. I projektets monumentalitet, i selve dets omfang og intensitet, ligger en stor del af dets værdi som dokument.”

Ung i Randers, Øksnehallen, DGI-byen. Til 2. august.


Categories: Festival, Artikler/anmeldelser DANSK, Poetics

Sarajevo - Documentary Competition 2016/ 2

Written 23-07-2016 08:52:04 by Tue Steen Müller

As a follow-up to the presentation of the documentary competition in Sarajevo this year, I made a small email conversation with Rada Sesic, programmer of the documentary competition at the Sarajevo festival (August 12 – 20).

…This year many filmmakers have been brave enough to look critically into their own backyard and not point at the others. Several documentaries focus strongly on the relationship between national and personal memory of historic events. They recollect dramatic life moments either in first person or from a very intimate perspective of their main protagonists. Through talking about painful past events from a somewhat more removed position, many films underline the urgency to talk about the past.

… Unlike most documentaries that have previously been made in



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Categories: Festival, Articles/Reviews ENGLISH

Sarajevo - Documentary Competition 2016

Written 21-07-2016 18:14:26 by Tue Steen Müller

You could – if you have the time – travel from the Dokufest Prizren in Kosova to Sarajevo for the yearly festival that has the main focus on feature films but also includes films from the region. The festival runs from August 12-20, Dokufest ends on the 13th.

The intro text for the documentary section, however, is not very inviting: The programme consists of 21 films that examine issues as diverse as personal identity, national identity, emigration, social justice, family secrets, political mysteries, economical crises… Right, it gives you a smell of political correctness but if you looke at the titles your curiosity grows with world premieres of 3 Bosnian and 1 Slovenian and premieres with long awaited Bulgarian ”The Beast is Still Alive” by great Mina Mileva and Vesela Kazakova (known for their controversial success “Uncle Tony, Three Fools and the Secret Service”) and four more films that we have written about on filmkommentaren: Salome Jashi’s ”The Dazzling Light of Sunset” (photo) that demonstrates the huge talent of the Georgian director (”Bahkmaro”), Greek Apostolos Karakasis ”Next Stop Utopia”, Serbian Ognjen Glavonic ”Depth Two” and Klára Trecsényi’s ”Train to Adulthood”, all highly appreciated works.

http://www.sff.ba/en/page/documentaries


Categories: Festival, Articles/Reviews ENGLISH

Natalie Bookchin: Long Story Short

Written 20-07-2016 17:32:04 by Tue Steen Müller

I read about it in connection with Parisian Cinema du Réel 2016, where it received the main award – and now tireless fighter for artistic qualistic, DocAlliance, offers it for free until July 24, an offer you should not refuse. As I understand the press release from the vod streamer number one in Europe, Bookchin is a very well estimated, often it is called renowned video artist, who started this project in 2011. Here is the film description:

… In Long Story Short, over 100 people at homeless shelters, food banks, adult literacy programs, and job training centers in Los Angeles and the Bay Area in Northern California discuss their experiences of poverty – why they are poor, how it feels, and what they think should be done. Numerous interviews are stitched together to form a polyphonic account of poverty from the inside.

Long Story Short uses the tools and aesthetic forms of the sharing economy to amplify the voices of those most displaced and dispossessed by it. While individuals filmed in separate spaces appear in isolation, mirroring the isolating aspects of the media forms it appropriates, words flow across the screen like musical ensemble, a imaginary collective yet to materialize…

United Stetes,2016, 45 mins.

http://dafilms.com/film/9911-long-story-short/

http://dafilms.com/event/254-long_story_short/


Categories: Festival, Articles/Reviews ENGLISH, Web

Dokufest Prizren 2016: Music Documentaires

Written 18-07-2016 10:02:13 by Tue Steen Müller

… As each year passes, it gets a bit trickier to unearth moving image gems with music at the core of their stories. With many feature-length music documentaries becoming a bit stale and formulaic – more and more so every year – our music program tries to reveal a deeper layer of artist-made films, handcrafted, marvelously original glimpses into the less traveled territories of emotional vibration.

Consisting of half a dozen features and a 5-film shorts program, ranging in production year from 1930 up until the present day, each selection – fiction, nonfiction, somewhere in between – explores bespoke landscapes of monumental spaces, collective acts of recuperation through image and sound, and the ephemerality of hidden notes and tones that connote strong ties to things not quite earthbound. But they walk and talk and sing and dance among us just the same…

This fine introduction text is a quote from curator Pamela Cohn, who is in charge of the “Magical Substances: Music on Film” section at the upcoming Dokufest in Prizren (August 5-13). It consists of 6 features and 5 shorts, including two by legendary Les Blank (“A Poem is a Naked Person” (1974) and “Thailand Moments” (1967) AND the 1930 classic by Aleksander Dovzhenko “Earth” (Photo). Here is the catalogue text:

”Avant-garde ”Earth”, a recognized cinema masterpiece, was banned 9 days after release and glorified in Ukraine only after Dovzhenko’s death, bringing forth dozens of controversial interpretations. Full of lyrical pantheism and utopian exaltation, it demonstrated the ambiguity of Ukrainian geopolitical choice in the 1920s. The new soundtrack for Earth was created by Ukrainian ethno-chaos band DakhaBrakha, whose music shifts the emphasis from the film’s ideological connotations to universal ones.”

Below a link to where to get a copy of the film.

Ukraine, 1930, 83 mins.

http://www.dovzhenkocentre.org/eng/product/34

http://dokufest.com/dokufest-xv-announces-full-slate-festival-theme/


Categories: Festival, Film History, Articles/Reviews ENGLISH

Sara Blecher: Ayanda

Written 16-07-2016 13:23:47 by Allan Berg Nielsen

I et samfund, der vrimler med migranter fra hele det afrikanske kontinent, fortæller Ayanda en dannelseshistorie om den tyve år gamle afro-hipster, der finder sig selv på rejsen gennem fedtede overalls, køns-stereotyper og forladte veteranbiler, der sukker efter at blive bragt til live igen af den unge kvinde. Ayanda beslutter at bringe sin afdøde fars bilværksted tilbage til tidligere tiders storhed, men møder modstand fra sin mor og onkel, Zama, der vil sælge værkstedet. Sammen med David, en nigeriansk mekaniker med traumer fra sin mørke fortid, og Zoum, den entusiastiske, men ikke så habile håndværker, går Ayanda i gang med at genopbygge virksomheden og imod alle odds får hun succes. Succesen føles dog tom, da hun indser, at hun forsøger at bevare fortiden – sin far – og ikke tør bevæge sig ind i en fremtid med sine elskede. (Africa Reframed, programtekst)

Filmen vises på onsdag 20. juli 19:00 på udstillingen AFRICA REFRAMED i Øksnehallen, København.

AFRICA REFRAMED - Afrikansk samtidsfotografi i Øksnehallen, København 18. juni-2. august 2016.

http://www.africareframed.com/#africareframed (filmprogrammet er inkluderet her)

SYNOPSIS

Set in a community vibrant with African migrants from across the continent this district, AYANDA is a coming-of-age story of a twenty-one year old Afro-hipster, who embarks on a journey of self-discovery when she's thrown into a world of greasy overalls, gender stereotypes and abandoned vintage cars once loved, now in need of a young womans re-inventive touch to bring them back to life again. Ayanda decides to bring her dead fathers garage back to former glory despite resistance from both her mother and her uncle, Zama, who wants to sell the garage. Along with David, the Nigerian mechanic who harbours trauma from his dark past, and Zoum, the enthusiastic but exam-averse non-mechanic, Ayanda sets out to rebuild the business, and against all odds, the business heads into profit. But success feels empty when the realisation sets in – how far she is prepared to go to preserve something that is lost entirely in the past – her father, the garage, and her refusal to move forward into a future for herself and those she loves. (Africa Reframed, programme)

Director: Sara Blecher, South Africa 2015 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aphFJmhweLM (Trailer)


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