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BFI London Film Festival 2015: ‘Lucifer’ is a hypnotic and satirical reflection on faith

8 October 2015 9:24 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written by Gust van den Berghe

Directed by Gust van den Berghe

Belgium, 2014

Faith is such a tenuous concept that it’s hard to believe that it has the strength that it does. The act of believing in the existence or the potential of a supreme being despite any earthly evidence or causation should be treated with suspicion or disdain right from the outset. Yet the strength of it lies in the human need for structure and balance; as long as there is a plan then we can accept the most diabolical punishments in this life if there is some kind of reward in the next. Belgian filmmaker Gust van den Berghe explores these notions in a satirical way in his remarkable and hypnotic film Lucifer.

Filmed in Tondoscope (the process of filming within a circular frame), Lucifer finds the titular angel (Gabino Rodríguez) the moment he is banished »

- Liam Dunn

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Tiff 2015. Wavelengths, Part Two: The Features

17 September 2015 9:42 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Going UNDERGROUNDEverybody and their dog, it seems, feels this off imperative to try to identify common themes in the handful of festival films they (we) (I) see in a given year. It's the Ghost of Hegel, I suppose, demanding that we make sense of our times by referring to some Zeitgeist. (Zeitgeist? Isn't this just as likely to Strand the FilmsWeLike in some oh-so-precious Music Box, to be unearthed years later by members of some as-yet-unassembled Cinema Guild? But I digress.) There may or may not be tendencies running through this year's feature selections, and if there are, that could have as much to do with the people who selected them than with any global mood. But there does seem to be a generalized turning-inward, with filmmakers making works about themselves and their immediate lives, the cinematic process, and the very complexities of communicating with other human beings. There are »

- Michael Sicinski

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Movie About a Movie La Ultima Pelicula Is a Mordant Mayan Curio

6 January 2015 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

La Última Película is a remake, or perhaps a reimagining, of Dennis Hopper's The Last Movie, but its title translates more directly as The Last Film — a significant distinction. This mordant curio, co-directed by Filipino filmmaker Raya Martin and Cinema Scope editor and publisher Mark Peranson (whose magazine — full disclosure — I have previously contributed to), is concerned chiefly with the demise of celluloid; it takes stock of the state of contemporary cinema, impoverished by film's looming obsolescence, and draws some dire conclusions indeed. The setting is the Yucatán toward the end of 2012: A boorish American filmmaker (Alex Ross Perry) and his guide (Gabino Rodríguez) venture to the Maya »

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