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High time to round up the films at this year's Cannes Film Festival that never saw entries of their own and send them on their way. Today: Un Certain Regard.
"Bakur Bakuradze's The Hunter seems like a ficticious version of Raymond Depardon's Modern Life, a trilogy on farming that was screened in Cannes in 2008," finds Moritz Pfeifer, who also interviews the director for the East European Film Bulletin. "With no soundtrack, no professional actors, little dialogue and a minimalist plot, the film depicts the daily life of Ivan (Mikhail Barskovich) as he peacefully runs his pig farm in one of the less populous areas of northwestern Russia…. Clearly, Bakuradze wants to depict an alternative world, and the spirit of his film is more utopian than its hyper-realistic images suggest."
Grumbles the Hollywood Reporter's Kirk Honeycutt: "There is maybe 10 to 15 minutes of actual story located within this 124 minute slog, »
You'll likely need some context for this one, so let's rewind. In 2008, our Editor-in-Chief named Norwegian director Joachim Trier's 2008 debut feature, "Reprise" the #1 film of the year, over things like Steven Soderbergh's "Che," the fantastic documentary "Man On Wire" and works of elegiac Malick-ian beauty like "Silent Light" (holy crap, not only was 2008 not only a fantastic year for films, it was an amazing one for foreign films). A bold movie, perhaps a naive one full of woozy drunk passion, but nonetheless, Trier's electric ode to youthful restlessness, friendship and ambition is a striking debut that… »
"I'm old enough to bleed, I'm old enough to breed, I'm old enough to crack a brick in your teeth while you sleep." Harmony Korine plus South African futuristic rap-rave white trashers Die Antwoord and "Silent Light" cinematographer Alexis Zabe equals "Umshini Wam," Korine's latest in short film absurdism. Only 16 minutes long, and translated as "Bring Me My Machine Gun," the short, which debuted at SXSW last night, feels like somewhat of a companion piece to Korine's 2010 gloriously beautiful/ugly "Trash Humpers" in mischievous, fucked-up spirit, only instead of shot on butt ugly VHS, the picture is beautifully lensed… »
Biutiful is one of the top 9 contenders for the Oscar in the Best Foreign Language Film category
Iñárritu gets better with each film he makes. His screenplay (with co-scriptwriters Armando Bo and Nicolas Giacobone) in Biutiful takes a quantum jump in quality from his earlier Babel. In Babel, Iñárritu toyed with global ramifications of one person’s innocent actions, often an outcome of a knee-jerk reaction due to lack of empathy and/or of sympathy. Biutiful inverts somewhat similar connections and concerns from souls connecting beyond the grave with the living approaching their own death.
While it is easy to be swayed by the riveting (Cannes Best Actor, 2010) performance of the Spanish actor Javier Bardem, the real winner in this remarkable movie for me is its writer-director Iñárritu. Biutiful is a movie that deals with people living on the fringes of urban poverty, flirting with communication with souls in their after-life. »
- Jugu Abraham
4 items from 2011
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