Warren Sonbert – Short Fuse and Carriage Trade (1972 – 1992)

“In [Sonbert’s] best work, behind the mask of unalloyed visual pleasure lurks a dramatic intensity and trajectory, not just of personal concerns or protracted journeys but of massive social upheavals, the melding or collision of distinct cultural rituals of crisis, cessation, renewal.” – Paul Arthur (Descriptions below are online program notes written by Jon Gartenberg) … Continue reading Warren Sonbert – Short Fuse and Carriage Trade (1972 – 1992)

Linh Viet – Ganh xiec rong AKA The Travelling Circus (1988)

One of the most acclaimed Vietnamese films of the 1980s, The Traveling Circus won numerous international awards, including Grand Prix at Fribourg Third world Film Festival, Audience Award at Uppsala (Sweden) International Film Festival and First Prize at Madrid Women’s Film Festival. With obvious influences from Bergman, DeSica and Fellini, director Viet Linh tells the … Continue reading Linh Viet – Ganh xiec rong AKA The Travelling Circus (1988)

Mia Hansen-Løve – Le père de mes enfants AKA Father of My Children [+Extras] (2009)

Gregoire Canvel has everything a man could want: a wife he loves, three delightful children and his dream job – he is a film producer. Discovering talented filmmakers and developing films that fit his conception of the cinema, free and true to life, is precisely his reason for living. Gregoire devotes almost all of his … Continue reading Mia Hansen-Løve – Le père de mes enfants AKA Father of My Children [+Extras] (2009)

Valentina Brumberg & Zinaida Brumberg – Noch pered Rozhdestvom AKA The Night Before Christmas (1951)

From Wikipedia: The Night Before Christmas (Russian: Ночь пе́ред Рождество́м, Noch pered Rozhdestvom) is a 1951 Soviet traditionally-animated feature film directed by the Brumberg sisters and produced by the Soyuzmultfilm studio in Moscow. The film is based on Nikolai Gogol’s story The Night Before Christmas. The animation features heavy use of rotoscoping, known as “Éclair” … Continue reading Valentina Brumberg & Zinaida Brumberg – Noch pered Rozhdestvom AKA The Night Before Christmas (1951)

Sogo Ishii – Kuruizaki Sanda Rodo aka Crazy Thunder Road (1980)

Synopsis Jin, an antagonistic youth, tries to take over a motorcycle gang once its leader, Ken, announces he’s going to retire and settle down with his girlfriend. But things aren’t so easy for Jin. The other gangs have united, and decide that Jin’s reckless ways are a thing of the past, so they band together … Continue reading Sogo Ishii – Kuruizaki Sanda Rodo aka Crazy Thunder Road (1980)

Takashi Makino – Still in Cosmos (2009)

Quote: A product purposed of an installation project held at Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography. Recomposed as completed film work in 2009. It originally was theme for “Complete Chaos” visualized bydouble exposure method, however it appeared entire opposite phenomenon as “Birth of Cosmos”, and that is unparalleled miraculous story behind the film. This film visually … Continue reading Takashi Makino – Still in Cosmos (2009)

Kun-jae Jang – Han yeo-reum-ui pan-ta-ji-a AKA A Midsummer’s Fantasia (2014)

Split into two parts, shot in black and white, the opening chapter First Love, Yoshiko follows a Korean director (Lim Hyung-kook) who is scouting for locations for his next film in the Japanese rural town of Gojo, and is joined by his assistant director Mijung (Kim Sae-byuk) who interprets for him. There he meets the … Continue reading Kun-jae Jang – Han yeo-reum-ui pan-ta-ji-a AKA A Midsummer’s Fantasia (2014)