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Anyone harbouring a lingering shred of nostalgia for the British Empire should take a good look at The Lost City Of Z. Some may want to get back to those days of colonies and economic expansion, but it’s wise to remember they were also a period of arrogance, oppression and outright ignorance.
This much is revealed in the film’s pivotal scene where soldier and explorer Major Percy Fawcett (Charlie Hunnam) lays out evidence for a previously undiscovered Amazonian civilisation before an incredulous Royal Geological Society. Fawcett’s assembled peers raucously laugh off the claims, since they would skewer their long-held belief that the jungles of South America are the homes of inferior ‘savages’, to use their own term. Empires, in short, are built on a sense of superiority and entitlement. »
We Are The Flesh (Tenemos la carne)
2017 / Color / 1:85 widescreen – though the aspect ratio changes at the director’s whim/110 min. / Street Date February 28, 2017
Cinematography: Yollótl Alvarado
Written by Emiliano Rocha Minter
Directed by Emiliano Rocha Minter
Teetering on that thin edge between the ludicrous and the even more ludicrous, Emiliano Rocha Minter’s We Are The Flesh is a spittle-flecked, willfully deranged vision of life in a post-apocalyptic Mexico. Since its release in 2016, Minter’s movie, adrift in bodily fluids and overwrought speechifying, has been turning both heads and stomachs at film festivals across Europe.
An unconvincing mix of Living Theatre provocations and Eraserhead-like tableaus of bursting placentas and the drip, drip, drip of menstrual blood, Minter’s movie announces itself with the »
- Charlie Largent
French Film Directors Guild to fete German legend.
Werner Herzog will be honoured with the Carrosse d’Or (Golden Coach) award during Directors’ Fortnight, the section which runs parallel to the Cannes Film Festival (May 17-28).
The annual honorary prize is granted by the French film directors guild, Société des Réalisateurs de films (la Sfr).
In a letter to the director, the Sfr selection committee said the award will pay tribute to Herzog’s “relentless energy and great creativity, (his) ability to juggle formats, production norms and systems, and to blur the lines between fiction and documentary, feature films and television, reason and madness.”
They added: “We also pay homage to your leadership and your powerful capacity to pull in Hollywood stars as well as unknown people and amateurs, and to the way you impose your distinctive tone and vision, flouting moral conventions and political correctness.”
German-born Herzog has been a filmmaker since the early 1960s, and is »
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