Limitless Cinema in Broken English

October 31, 2008

EAT, FOR THIS IS MY BODY (A++++++++++)

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FILMS SEEN ON FRIDAY

1.EAT, FOR THIS IS MY BODY (2007, Michelange Quay, Haiti, A+++++++++++++++)

Though I don’t understand many scenes in this film, I still think every scene in this film is very powerful. Maybe this film should be screened together with SHOCK TREATMENT (1973, Alain Jessua, A+), because both of them are metaphors about the exploitation of people who belong to different ethnic groups.

2.BHUMIKA (1977, Shyam Benegal, India, A+)
This film reminds me of some Thai novels I read when I was a child. These novels are about the unhappy life of a heroine who has marital problems. Maybe this film should be screened together with THONG PRAGAI SAED (1988, Chana Kraprayoon, Thailand, A), because the heroines of both melodrama films have many lovers.

3.THREE MONKEYS (2008, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Turkey, A)
I think this film is very enjoyable, but the ending is not satisfying for me. It’s funny to think that this film festival screens THREE MONKEYS, THAT DAY (2007, Jacob Berger, A), and THE HEADLESS WOMAN (2008, Lucrecia Martel, A+++++), because all of these three films are about car accidents, the guilt, and adultery, though the adultery theme is not important in THE HEADLESS WOMAN.

As for films about the guilt resulted from car accident, I think THE HEADLESS WOMAN is my most favorite. I also prefer THE HEADLESS WOMAN to RESERVATION ROAD (2007, Terry George, A+/A), but I still haven’t had a chance to see WOLFSBURG (2003, Christian Petzold, Germany).
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0355029/

4.SCAR 3D (2007, Jed Weintrob, outside the festival, A-)
I think this film has nothing really interesting, but I love Angela Bettis.

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WHAT IF POJ ARNON REMAKES THE ANGELIC CONVERSATION?

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 12:38 am

FILMS SEEN ON THURSDAY

1.THE ANGELIC CONVERSATION (1985, Derek Jarman, UK, A+++++)

This is a vision of heaven, a vision of love. However, I may like this film less than other films of Jarman, because it’s difficult for me to feel connected to the feeling of “love”, while it’s easier for me to feel connected to the feeling of “anger”, which is presented in JUBILEE.

Sometimes I imagine what it would be like if Poj Arnon remake this film, casting Bank Hemangkorn and Peerawat Herabut, setting in Lumpini Park. Hahaha.

2.SELL OUT (2008, Yeo Joon Han, Malaysia, A)

I think this film is full of brilliant, interesting, and funny ideas. However, I don’t particularly like this kind of comedy. I also have a problem like this when I saw MAI FAH THE SABULAKUI (2007, Eaksit Sompetch, A+). I think these two films try to make me laugh too much. As for the type of comedy I like, I think I prefer the style of JAY (2008, Francis Xavier Pasion, Philippines, A+).

3.THE PAST (2007, Hector Babenco, Brazil, A)

This film is full of interesting female characters, though I would have liked this film more if the film was a melodrama, not a drama like this. I would love to see all these female characters interact with each other, not just interact with the hero.

4.COMING SOON (2008, Sophon Sakdaphisit, Thailand, outside the festival, A-/B+)

The film is not scary, though I like several ideas or scenes in the film, such as the repeated scene. I think this film treats its characters better than THE SCREEN AT KAMCHANOD (2007, Songsak Mongkolthong, B+), and the film is more coherent than CUT (2000, Kimble Rendall), which is also about a haunted film.

October 30, 2008

SEVEN DUMPSTERS AND A CORPSE (A+++++)

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FILMS SEEN ON WEDNESDAY

1.SEVEN DUMPSTERS AND A CORPSE (2007, Thomas Haemmerli, Switzerland, A+++++)

I’m not sure if this is a good film or not, but I enjoy some parts of it very much. This film is also directly related to me, because I think I have a tendency to be mentally ill like the director’s mother, because I have collected too many things in my small apartment, especially film articles, film magazines and film books. This film makes me swear to myself I have to throw all these unnecessary things away, though it may be too difficult for me at this moment to throw away such magazines as REAL, NEED+, STEP, MEN’S WORKOUT, etc.
http://www.magazinedee.com/main/magall.php?mag=4243
http://www.magazinedee.com/main/magissuelist.php?magname=156
http://www.magazinedee.com/main/magissuelist.php?magname=118

2.ZUBEIDAA (2001, Shyam Benegal, India, A+)
This film reminds me of ANGEL (2007, Francois Ozon, A). I like melodrama films such as these two, because the heroines in these two films behave a little bit like villainess, not like innocent heroines. I also love the story about the downfall of feudalism.

3.JERUSALEM: THE EAST SIDE STORY (2007, Mohammmed Alatar, Palestine, documentary, A+/A)
This is a political film which is very informative.

4.LOST AND FOUND (2008, Noth Thongsriphong, Thailand, A)

5.CHERRY BLOSSOMS-HANAMI (2008, Doris Doerrie, Germany, A)
I think the ending of this film is too unsurprising.

6.WAY (2008, Khemupsorn Sirisukha, short film, B+)

October 29, 2008

THE SKY, THE EARTH AND THE RAIN (A+++++)

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 12:01 am

FILMS SEEN ON TUESDAY

1.THE SKY, THE EARTH AND THE RAIN (2008, Jose Luis Torres Leiva, Chile, A+++++++++++++++)

I like the way the film focuses on nature and the loneliness of the heroine. I particularly love the sound in this film. We can hear many things which are not present in our eyes, such as the sound of various kinds of birds, the clock ticking, the sound of water, etc. I also love the moment when the heroine decides to sit in the cold area on the boat. This film is very strongly atmospheric, and can make me feel as if I am smelling or touching some soft, damp earth on the ground.

2.WORD WITHIN THE WORD (2008, India, Rajula Shah, documentary, A+)

While LISTENER’S TALE lifts me up to the sky (or my own fantasy world), WORD WITHIN THE WORD brings me down to earth to pay attention to real human beings.

3.A JIHAD FOR LOVE (2007, Parvez Sharma, USA, documentary, A+)

4.THE WATERCOLORIST (2008, Daniel Rodriguez, Peru, maybe A-)
This film might have got a higher grade if I didn’t feel very sleepy while watching it.

Some information on JUBILEE:

From the book DEREK JARMAN, written by Tony Peake

“In an early note, Jarman wrote that the film was dedicated to ‘all those who secretly work against the tyranny of Marxists fascists trade unionists maoists capitalists socialists etc…who have conspired together to destroy the diversity and holiness of each life in the name of materialism…For William Blake.’ “

October 28, 2008

LISTENER’S TALE (Arghya Basu, A++++++++++)

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FILMS SEEN ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY

1.LISTENER’S TALE (2007, Arghya Basu, India, documentary, A+++++++++++++++)

This may not be a good film, but this film arouses my imagination and inspires me to create a fantasy world in my head. It gives me the same feelings that I have when I listen to some techno music, Enya’s songs, or Clannad’s songs.

2.JUBILEE (1977, Derek Jarman, UK, A+++++++++++++++)

3.NEW AGE (2007, Keren Cytter, 75 min, Netherlands, A++++++++++)

4.HER NAME IS SABINE (2007, Sandrine Bonnaire, documentary, France, A+)

5.DEREK (2008, Isaac Julien, documentary, A+)

6.SWIMMING (2000, Robert J. Siegel, USA, seen at home, A+/A)

7.THAT DAY (2007, Jacob Berger, Switzerland, A)

8.OUT OF FOCUS (2007, Tomer Heymann, documentary, Israel, A)

9.WINGS OF BLUE ANGELS (2007, Tongpong Chantarangkul, Thailand, 30 min, A/A-)

10.ADULTS ONLY (2007, Yeo Joon Han, Malaysia, short film, A/A-)

11.G16G17 (2007, Saw Tiong Guan, short film, Malaysia, B+)

October 26, 2008

I AM THE HEADLESS MAN

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FILMS SEEN YESTERDAY

1.THE HEADLESS WOMAN (2008, Lucrecia Martel, Argentina, A+++++++++++++++)

2.ADRIANA (2005, Margarida Gil, Portugal, A+++++)

3.THE PATH (2008, Ishtar Yasin Gutierrez, Costa Rica, A+++++)

4.LA FRANCE (2007, Serge Bozon, France, A+++++)

October 24, 2008

COUNTRY TEACHER (Bohdan Slama, A+++++)

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 11:55 pm

This is my comment in Bioscope webboard:
http://www.bioscopemagazine.com/smf/index.php?topic=71.1860

Reply to Merveillesxx

–If the length of TIME AND CONTINUATION is around 7 minutes, I think I have watched the whole video. I think the video shown in this exhibition may be the shorter version. There may be a longer version than this one. If I remember it correctly, the label placed near the TV said that this video was made in 2001-2002 and the video is 30-minute long. But when I was watching this video, the ending credit said that it was made in 2004, and I think the video lasts only 7 minutes. There are many cuts in the video I saw. The video does not show the heroine knitting continuously, but shows the heroine knitting for about 1 minute, then cut to the next moment to show that the heroine has been knitting for quite a while, then cut to the next moment… . So I guess the 2002 version may be 30-minute long, but the 2004 version may be 7-minute long.

I think the labels in this festival are not trustworthy. The label says that CITY OF ANGELS (Marina Abramovic) was made several years ago, but in fact the video was made in 1983.

I didn’t plan to watch the whole TIME AND CONTINUATION if it is 30-minute long. I just planned to watch it for several minutes. But after I started watching it, I got hooked by it. I just felt a kind of ecstasy watching the heroine keeping on knitting. Watching the video somehow makes me feel as if I was experiencing some ultimate truths about life or something like that. Hahaha. It gives me the ultimate pleasure, and I don’t know exactly why I am attracted to something like this or feel a kind of rapture by something like this.

–I just went to see the stage play THE OTHER LAND (2008, Teerawat Mulvilai, A+++++). I like it very much, especially the last part of the play. A scene in this play reminds me of the case of Chotisak Onsoong. It’s truly great that some artists tackle this serious problem of Thailand.

For more information on THE OTHER LAND, you can read
http://www.bfloortheatre.com/

–My most favorite gay film of the year may be THE COUNTRY TEACHER (2008, Bohdan Slama, Czech, A++++++++++). I like it as much as HASAN (2008, Attapon Pamakho), but that doesn’t mean I approve of the behavior of THE COUNTRY TEACHER’s hero.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1284526/

–For those who like handsome guys, you can see photos from a fashion show in the link below (thanks to Black Forest):
http://www.t-pageant.com/webboard/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=97681&st=0&sk=t&sd=a

This is a photo of Chaiwat Thongsaeng, the leading actor of BANGKOK LOVE STORY

October 23, 2008

TELEPATHY IN THE AGE OF MASS REPRODUCTION

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 6:10 pm

There are two interesting videos shown in the exhibition A LEG UP PROJECT at 100 Tonson Gallery. You can read about the exhibition here:
http://www.100tonsongallery.com/exhibitionsAndActivitiesDetail.asp?exhibitionID=48

Merveillesxx shows some photos from this exhibition here:
http://www.bloggang.com/viewdiary.php?id=merveillesxx&month=10-2008&date=12&group=9&gblog=135

Unfortunately, the videos and the brochure of this exhibition don’t tell us exactly who are the directors of these videos. So I guess the video A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SWAMP (A) may be directed by Shane Bunnag, and the video TELEPATHY IN THE AGE OF MASS REPRODUCTION (A) may be directed by Mei-ling Hom. Please tell me if I guess wrongly.

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SWAMP is like a companion piece to MANUS CHANYONG’S ONE NIGHT AT TALAENGGAENG ROAD (2008, Paisit Panpruegsachart, A+) and LOCOMOTION IN WATER (2005, Hanna Shell, A), because these three films show us images from the present time, but tell us the stories about the past. A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE SWAMP shows us images of Bangkok in the present time, but the voiceover talks about something I don’t quite understand, and there are some texts appearing on the screen, including:

1837 TOPOGRAPHY OF BANGKOK
1862 ANNA AND THE KING OF SIAM
1867 A WEEK IN SIAM: MARQUIS OF BEAUVOIR
http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/2950525?lookfor=&offset=&max=23
1888 JOSEPH CONRAD
1894 DIRECTORY OF BANGKOK AND SIAM
1896 CONSUL IN PARADISE: W.A.R. WOOD
http://www.chiangmaitouristguide.com/08-2005/feature1.html
1898 EMILE JOTTRAND
http://forums.thaieurope.net/index.php?action=printpage;topic=313.0
1904 A. CECIL CARTER
http://haab.catholic.or.th/2directory/x_english.html
1922 GUIDE TO BANGKOK AND SIAM

TELEPATHY IN THE AGE OF MASS REPRODUCTION shows us the images of people in the present time communicating via mobile phones. One of them is Ing K, the director of CITIZEN JULING. But the voiceover in this video recite some poems. I’m not sure which poems are recited in this video, but I think they include:

1.TIGER – William Blake

“TIGER, tiger, burning bright

In the forests of the night,

What immortal hand or eye

Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies

Burnt the fire of thine eyes?

On what wings dare he aspire?

What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder and what art

Could twist the sinews of thy heart?

And when thy heart began to beat,

What dread hand and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?

In what furnace was thy brain?

What the anvil? What dread grasp

Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears,

And water’d heaven with their tears,

Did He smile His work to see?

Did He who made the lamb make thee?

Tiger, tiger, burning bright

In the forests of the night,

What immortal hand or eye

Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?”

2.KUBLA KHAN – Samuel Taylor Coleridge

“A damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw:
It was an Abyssinian maid,
And on her dulcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora.
Could I revive within me
Her symphony and song,
To such a deep delight ‘twould win me,
That with music loud and long,
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!
And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.”

3.EAST COKER – T.S. Eliot

““In my beginning is my end. In succession
Houses rise and fall, crumble, are extended,
Are removed, destroyed, restored, or in their place
Is an open field, or a factory, or a by-pass.
Old stone to new building, old timber to new fires,
Old fires to ashes, and ashes to the earth
Which is already flesh, fur and faeces,
Bone of man and beast, cornstalk and leaf.
Houses live and die: there is a time for building
And a time for living and for generation
And a time for the wind to break the loosened pane
And to shake the wainscot where the field-mouse trots
And to shake the tattered arras woven with a silent motto.

In my beginning is my end. Now the light falls
Across the open field,, leaving the deep lane
Shuttered with branches, dark in the afternoon,
Where you lean against a bank while a van passes,
And the deep lane insists on the direction
Into the village, in the elctric heat
Hypnotised. In a warm haze the sultry light
Is absorbed, not refracted, by grey stone.
The dahlias sleep in the empty silence.
Wait for the early owl.”

4.THE ILIAD – Homer
This is the part in which Ing K appears.

“Rage — Goddess, sing the rage of Peleus’ son Achilles,
murderous, doomed, that cost the Achaeans countless losses,
hurling down to the House of Death so many sturdy souls,
great fighters’ souls, but made their bodies carrion,
feasts for the dogs and birds,
and the will of Zeus was moving toward its end.
Begin, Muse, when the two first broke and clashed,
Agamemnon lord of men and brilliant Achilles. . . .”

5.RUBAIYAT – Omar Khayyam

“Awake! for Morning in the Bowl of Night
Has flung the Stone that puts the Stars to Flight;
And lo! the Hunter of the East has caught
The Sultan’s Turret in a Noose of Light.”

6.DECEPTIONS – Philip Larkin

“Even so distant, I can taste the grief,
Bitter and sharp with stalks, he made you gulp.
The sun’s occasional print, the brisk brief
Worry of wheels along the street outside
Where bridal London bows the other way,
And light, unanswerable and tall and wide,
Forbids the scar to heal, and drives
Shame out of hiding. All the unhurried day,
Your mind lay open like a drawer of knives. ”

7.PSALM 55

“My heart is in anguish within me;
the terrors of death assail me.

Fear and trembling have beset me;
horror has overwhelmed me.

I said, “Oh, that I had the wings of a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest-

I would flee far away
and stay in the desert;
Selah

I would hurry to my place of shelter,
far from the tempest and storm.”

Confuse the wicked, O Lord, confound their speech,
for I see violence and strife in the city.

Day and night they prowl about on its walls;
malice and abuse are within it.

Destructive forces are at work in the city;
threats and lies never leave its streets. ”

8.IN THE OLD AGE BLACK WAS NOT COUNTED FAIR – Shakespeare

“In the old age black was not counted fair,
Or if it were, it bore not beauty’s name;
But now is black beauty’s successive heir,
And beauty slandered with a bastard shame:
For since each hand hath put on Nature’s power,
Fairing the foul with Art’s false borrowed face,
Sweet beauty hath no name, no holy bower,
But is profaned, if not lives in disgrace.
Therefore my mistress’ eyes are raven black,
Her eyes so suited, and they mourners seem
At such who, not born fair, no beauty lack,
Sland’ring creation with a false esteem:
Yet so they mourn becoming of their woe,
That every tongue says beauty should look so. ”

9.SONG OF SOLOMON

I am the rose of Sharon, and the lily of the valleys.
As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.
As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.
Stay me with flagons, comfort me with apples: for I am sick of love.
His left hand is under my head, and his right hand doth embrace me. ”

10.SEPTEMBER 1913 – William Butler Yeats

“What need you, being come to sense,
But fumble in a greasy till
And add the halfpence to the pence
And prayer to shivering prayer, until
You have dried the marrow from the bone?
For men were born to pray and save:
Romantic Ireland’s dead and gone,
It’s with O’Leary in the grave.”

TIME AND CONTINUATION (2004, Sudsiri Pui-ock, A+++++)

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 5:00 pm

I went to the exhibition TRACES OF SIAMESE SMILE last Sunday. It shows several videos which I saw already, but it also shows at least 17 videos which I didn’t see before. I enjoy watching them a lot, and spent three hours watching these 17 videos.

1.TIME AND CONTINUATION (2004, Sudsiri Pui-ock, A+++++++++++++++)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3072/2965894365_2968129f78_o.jpg

 

2.MEMORIAL PROJECT NHA TRANG, VIETNAM: TOWARDS THE COMPLEX – FOR THE COURAGEOUS, THE CURIOUS AND THE COWARDS (2001, Jun Nguyen-Hatsushiba, A++++++++++)

3.SELF-PORTRAIT AS A THEATER (2002, Yasumasa Morimura, A++++++++++)

4.MANET’S LUNCHEON ON THE GRASS AND THAI VILLAGERS (2008, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, A++++++++++)
This 16-minute video is shown in the basement of the building.

5.YOGYA BINTANG HOUSE MINI (2008, Yoshitomo Nara + Graf, A+)
This animation is showed in a TV in a small house. The inside walls and the floor of this house are decorated by Nara’s drawings. I’m not sure what this animation is trying to say. Is a part of this animation is about child prostitution?

6.BALANCE OF TERROR (2007, Sakarin Krue-on, A+)
The screen which shows this video is situated behind a small oil well. The viewers must be very careful so that they don’t fall into the oil well. I’m not sure if this video is about terrorism or not.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3289/2965894347_b9e3e23885_o.jpg

 

7.SEA PUNISHING (2005, Marina Abramovic, A+)
This video is shown in two screens, but the two screens are on the two sides of the same wall. So the viewers can’t watch the two screens at the same time. The viewers must choose to be on any one side of the wall at one time to watch one of the screens.

8.LUMINOUS PEOPLE (2007, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, A+)

9.THE SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME (2008, Shane Bunnag, A+)
I think this video is not very interesting. But what is interesting is the installation, because this video is shown on the testicles of a big child sculpture called BETTER THAN EVER: PIKABOO! HEARD YOU ARE DESPERATELY SEEKING A LEADER AROUND HERE (2008, Chatchai Puipia)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3058/2965894353_31f69220c0_o.jpg

 

10.THE BOXER (2008, Mette Tronvoll, A+)

11.MANGO GIRL (2008, Wisut Ponnimit, A+)
This is an animation video installation. The story in this video is the continuation from the story which is told by the drawings on the wall near the TV showing this video.

12.BANGKOK I (Peter Johansson + Kamol Phaosavasdi, A+)

13.GRACELAND (2008, Paolo Canavari, A+/A)

14.ORIGINAL THAVORN (2008, Thavorn Ko-udomvit, A)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3045/2965894359_b64c145f60_o.jpg

 

15.PRETTY AND BEAUTY (สวยนอก สวยใน) (2005, Amrit Chusuwan, A)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3009/2965894349_d9a1967f84_o.jpg

16.ADORATION (2006, Amanda Coogan, A/A-)

17.SITTING MAN (2007, Vasan Ruewklang, A/A-)
This video is inspired by the painting SEATED MAN (1974, Chakrabhand Posayakrit)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3068/2965894357_70fc3f984b_o.jpg

 

For more information about this exhibition, you can read:
http://www.matthewhunt.com/blog/2008/10/traces-of-siamese-smile.html
http://www.siamesesmile2008.com

HOW WEERASAK SUYALA EDITS HIS SUPER LOW-BUDGET FILMS

Filed under: Uncategorized — celinejulie @ 4:01 pm

This is my comment in Bioscope webboard:
http://www.bioscopemagazine.com/smf/index.php?topic=1491.0

I’m very impressed to know that THE PEN, a 60-minute film, is made by just 1,700 baht. (50 US dollar). I also like Weerasak’s interview very much. It’s great to know how he made the musical score for his own film, and how he edited his film. Weerasak edits his film by not using any computer programs. He just uses his video camera to edit all the scenes together. He just shoots the scenes in the same order as it appears in the script or in the final version. He shoots the first scene. Stop. Then he shoots the second scene. Stop. Then he shoots the third scene…… And that’s the way he edits his films. I wonder if any other filmmakers use this method to edit their films.

I laughed a lot while watching THE PEN for a second time, especially the scene in which the face of Kimruedee appears repeatedly. I also like the scene in which the little boy is wearing the ghost mask of Kimruedee and the T-shirt which says we love… . Another scene which makes me laugh everytime I think of it is the scene in which the father talks to his son about a monk, and then the father walks out of the scene, but his walking looks very strange because of some special effects.

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