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August 20, 2008

WISH LIST FOR JULY 2008

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 10:38 pm

WISH LIST FOR JULY 2008

A.FILM

1.BEHIND THE GLASS (2008, Zrinko Ogresta, Croatia, 80 min)
I love the faces of the characters in the trailer of this film. You can watch its trailer from the link below:
http://www.kviff.com/en/film-detail/2275-behind-the-glass/

Synopsis from the link above:

“Problems which have been brewing for years for successful 35-year-old architect Nikola Jeren come to a head in the space of five days. A life of lies and emotional turmoil has taken its toll on the man, he has no self-respect and doesn’t know what he really wants. His long-term mistress Ana, a work colleague, is weary from all the years they’ve had to conceal their relationship; she wants him to get a divorce. His wife Maja, the mother of Nikola’s 8-year-old daughter, is also pressing him to finally come to a decision. Nikola is imprisoned in a situation which cannot be resolved: whatever he does, he’ll only hurt everyone he ever loved even more. Can something decide for us, something we’re no longer used to expecting in life – a tragic coincidence? Director Zrinko Ogresta doesn’t judge the characters in his intimate psychological drama, but he presents a sensitive yet harsh view of their weaknesses. At the same time, however, he poses a vital question: to what extent are we responsible masters of our own destiny and thus also architects of the world we inhabit?”

2.HALF-LIFE (2008, Jennifer Phang, USA)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9USokNB4mw
http://www.filmmakermagazine.com/summer2008/25faces_2.php

3.HOW TO BECOME MYSELF (2007, Jun Ichikawa, Japan, 97 min)
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/ff20070511a1.html
http://watatsuku.goo.ne.jp/index_f.html

4.JAY (2008, Francis Xavier Pasion, Philippines)
Oggs Cruz wrote about this film here:
http://oggsmoggs.blogspot.com/2008/07/jay-2008.html

5.MEADOWLARK (2008, Taylor Greeson, USA, documentary, 77 min)
http://www.taylorgreeson.com/meadowlark/extended_about.html

Synopsis of the film from the link above:
“When I was twelve years old, my brother Charlie was murdered by a man named Frank Fuhrmann, I lost my virginity to a 20 year old man, and I was ordained with the priesthood in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My graduate thesis film for the California Institute of the Arts is an autobiographical documentary that explores these events and their aftermath. The film will share with others my unique journey into manhood and, I hope, resonate with audiences living in an era of continuous cycles of violence.

Meadowlark will comprise volumes of family photos, newspaper articles and legal documents regarding my brother’s death, and 16mm film shot in various locations in Montana and at my mom’s home in New Mexico. I am talking with people involved in my brother’s homicide case and subsequent trial, families that now inhabit homes where I used to live, my own family, and I am eventually speaking to the man responsible for my brother’s death. This is a very personal endeavor; at times the subject material is difficult and painful to engage, but I am guided by a belief that confronting and talking about the horrible events that we experience is a way to help all of us understand those events more profoundly.

The breathtaking landscapes of my youth keep a multitude of secrets. Meadowlark exposes them. My hope is that an audience will see this film and leave the theater feeling as though they were invited into an intimate, personal story–a story that is remarkable, but not altogether foreign to the social landscape of America.”

6.NOWHERE PROMISED LAND (2008, Emmanuel Finkiel, France)

7.SHULTES (2008, Bakur Bakuradze, Russia)
David Bordwell wrote about this film here:
http://www.davidbordwell.net/blog/?p=2574

8.TO SEE IF I’M SMILING (2008, Tamar Yarom, Israel, documentary, 59 min)

9.TWO MOTHERS – THE SEARCH BEGAN IN RIGA (2007, Rosa von Praunheim, Germany, 87 min)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30akjE_AOhs
http://www.german-films.de/app/filmarchive/film_view.php?film_id=1794

Synopsis from the link above:

“Tracing my two mothers in Riga is my personal history.

I was born Holger Mischwitzky in Riga/Latvia, on November 25th, 1942. In 2000, my then 94-year-old mother told me I was not her son and that she had found me in a children’s home in Riga during the German occupation. That was all she was prepared to say. She died in 2003.
Initially I didn’t want to start searching, she had been a loving mother to me. Two years later I did become curious, but not knowing my real family name, I thought searching would be futile. With the help of a Latvian journalist I met Agnese who discovered intriguing things in the national archive.

Amazingly enough, I eventually found my real birth certificate in Berlin which stated that I had been born in Riga in the central prison in 1942.

I start searching for my mother. Will I find her or her family? Will I be able to find out something about my father?After 63 years, I decide to fly to Riga and start searching for my two mothers’ traces.

10.YEAR OF THE NAIL (2007, Jonas Cuaron, Mexico)

B. TRIBUTE WISH LIST
Films starring Federico Luppi (born 1936, Argentina)

1.THE ROMANCE OF ANICETO AND THE FRANCISCA (1967, Leonardo Favio)

2.CHRONICLE OF A LADY (1971, directed by Raul de la Torre, written by Maria Luisa Bemberg)

3.REBELLION IN PATAGONIA (1974, Hector Olivera)
This film won Silver Berlin Bear.

4.TIME FOR REVENGE (1981, Adolfo Aristarain)

5.LAST DAYS OF THE VICTIM (1982, Adolfo Aristarain)

6.SWEET CASH (1982, Fernando Ayala + Juan Jose Jusid)

7.MY DEAR TOM MIX (1991, Carlos Garcia Agraz, Mexico)

8.A PLACE IN THE WORLD (1992, Adolfo Aristarain)

9.LA LEY DE LA FRONTERA (1995, Adolfo Aristarain)

10.AUTUMN SUN (1996, Eduardo Mignogna, DVD available)

11.MARTIN (HACHE) (1997, Adolfo Aristarain, DVD available)

12.GANGS FROM ROSARIO (2001, Rodrigo Grande)

13.THE LAST TRAIN (2002, Diego Arsuaga, DVD available)

14.COMMON GROUND (2002, Adolfo Aristarain, DVD available)

15.PASOS (2005, Federico Luppi, Spain)

C. EXHIBITION WISH LIST
UTA BARTH’S EXHIBITION

You can read Uta Barth’s interview here:
http://www.jca-online.com/barth.html

Excerpt from the interview:

“On the most obvious level, we all expect photographs to be pictures of something. We assume that the photographer observed a place, a person, an event in the world and wanted to record it, point at it. There is always something that motivated the taking of a photograph. The problem with my work is that these images are really not of anything in that sense, they register only that which is incidental and peripheral implied. Instead, there are some clues to indicate that what we are looking at is the surrounding information. (The images lack focus because the camera’s attention is somewhere else. Many of the compositions, while clearly deliberate and carefully arranged in relation to the picture’s edge, are awkward, off balance and formally suggest a missing element.) Slowly it becomes clear that what we are presented with is a sort of empty container and it is at that point that people begin to “project” into this space. It begins to read as an empty screen. A second aspect might be that many people relate to the pictures in terms of memory. They are pretty saturated with the formal conventions of portraiture and one has a sense of inescapable familiarity when looking at them. What comes to mind is an entire inventory of other pictures seen. The point of engagement that perhaps interests me the most, though, has to do with one’s perceptual reorientation in relation to the pictures when trying to decode the space described. If the “subject” is not fixed within the image on the wall, but instead is indicated to be in front of that, then the “location” of the work hangs somewhere between the viewer and the wall, in that empty space we are looking through.”

Some images by Uta Barth:

D. DVD WISH LIST

1.JON JOST’S DVD
You can buy some DVDs of Jon Jost for 33 dollars each by contacting Jon Jost.
http://www.jon-jost.com/sales.html

I just knew about it from Unspoken Cinema’s blog:
http://unspokencinema.blogspot.com/2008/02/ccc-auteurs-directory.html

2.Bill Mousoulis’ DVD

You can buy his DVDs from the link below:
http://www.innersense.com.au/productions/mousoulis/dvds.html

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WISH LIST FOR JUNE 2008
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/07/wish-list-for-june-2008.html

FILM WISH LIST FOR MAY 2008
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/06/film-wish-list-for-may-2008.html
FILM WISH LIST FOR APRIL 2008
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/05/film-wish-list-for-april-2008.html
Film wish list for March 2008
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/04/film-wish-list-for-march-2008.html
FILM WISH LIST FOR FEB 2008
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/03/film-wish-list-for-february-2008.html
FILM WISH LIST FOR JAN 2008
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/02/film-wish-list-for-jan-2008.html
FILM WISH LIST IN 2007
http://celinejulie.blogspot.com/2008/02/film-wish-list-for-jan-2008.html

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