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Cinema Does Not Fit On a Hard Drive

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Originally published as an editorial in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung on March 27, 2017The debate about "our nation's visible memory" (German Minister of Culture Monika Grütters on the medium of film) is fortunately now gaining a certain visibility of its own, which it has never before had in Germany. What is less fortunate is the way in which the preservation of this memory is frequently being discussed and promoted publicly as well as politically – namely, in a reductive manner and using misleading images and concepts. This applies to the representatives of film archives and cinematheques who, in their pursuit of better funding, primarily use only terminology established by the media market. And it applies even to experienced commentators engaged in film culture who run the risk of bogging themselves down in an already-forgotten, secondary front by placing "especially valuable" spheres and contents of German film heritage against each other (most recently in this newspaper, »

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Carol Salter Introduces Her Film "Almost Heaven"

16 October 2017 7:05 AM, PDT

Carol Salter's Almost Heaven (2017) is playing October 9 - November 8, 2017 on Mubi in the United Kingdom.When making my films I start off with an emotion or a feeling, which transforms into an idea that mirrors the initial feeling. I was dealing with my own fear of death and coming to terms with the inevitable loss of my aging parents.The starting point was a short newspaper article about the work of young morticians in China, who perform special spa treatments on the deceased. These young people gave respect to the deceased by cleansing and washing away their ills and pains. I was intrigued as to how such young people, at the beginning of their life, could cope with working in such a place and so closely to death.I met with a number of young morticians while filming, but there was something about Ying Ling that drew me to »

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Nele Wohlatz Introduces Her Film "The Future Perfect"

16 October 2017 7:05 AM, PDT

Nele Wohlatz's The Future Perfect (2016), which is receiving an exclusive global online premiere on Mubi, is showing from September 29 - October 29, 2017 as a Special Discovery.Language determines our thinking. So what happens when, for whatever reason, we move to another country, lose the use of our mother tongue and start to live in a new language? The language books teach us phrases like, “The dog is grey. The cat is white,” or “Mary talks to her clients over the phone and sells plane tickets. She is a travel agent.” We didn’t write these phrases, nor do they necessarily help us in what we actually want to say to express ourselves. They are texts for a role still unknown and therefore uncomfortable to us. It takes weeks or month until an actor assumes ownership of a new character, and even more until an immigrant is able to assume ownership »

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A Twist of Fate: Close-Up on "The Chase"

16 October 2017 6:55 AM, PDT

Close-Up is a feature that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. Arthur Riplye's The Chase (1946) is playing from September 30 - October 30, 2017 in the United States.“It’s happened again.” This almost throwaway admission by the protagonist of The Chase, Arthur Ripley’s way-out 1946 noir, comes just after the film’s jolting third act twist. It sets the viewer up for the unexpected, but is delivered with such exasperation that, at least for the beleaguered hero of the picture, the situation may perhaps be all too familiar, a possibility that in itself makes the occurrence that much more significant. Prior to this point, The Chase had been a solid, atmospheric thriller, with sufficient quirkiness to keep it in thoroughly fresh territory. But with this derailing revelation, there is really no preparing for how The Chase plays out, and what that, in turn, means for the preceding story. On its surface set-up, »

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