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Author: Ela Bittencourt

The disenchanted flâneuse: Chantal Akerman’s Les Rendez-vous d’Anna

The last gorgeous film I saw about an actress aimlessly wondering in a city, mapping onto its streets and haunts her own emotional landscape in downtime between shoots, was Teresa Villaverde’s Cisne (The Swan, 2011). Cisne had the audacity of dreams, proving that Villaverde has been one of the most underrated Portuguese filmmakers from the Lisbon School since her debut, The Mutants. It’s terrific news that her new film, O termómetro de Galileu, screens in Rotterdam, in the Signatures section (IRRF). Now in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) program, To Save and Project, another film—Les Rendez-vous d’Anna (The...

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Scott Barley On Sleep Has Her House And The Thrill Of Darkness

“Film is an illusion, but hopefully an illusion that can speak a truth.”   Scott Barley has been named one of the most brilliant millennial filmmakers, and his experimental feature, Sleep Has Her House (2017), has garnered praises at international film festivals, including the prize for Best Film at the Brazilian experimental film festival, Fronteira. The film has also been featured in a number of critics’ polls of best films of 2017. We have spoken to Scott via email about Stan Brakhage and Béla Tarr – the filmmakers to whose films his own work has often been compared – about...

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Glimpses of the Global Zeitgeist: The 15th London Short Film Festival

Shorts get such short shrift in cinemas that it’s always an encouraging sign to see a festival dedicated entirely to the form. Long gone are the days when movie theaters would frequently play a short before the main feature, thus giving young filmmakers a chance to younger to prove their mettle in short-form before bigger projects, with many filmmakers returning to short and mid-length films throughout their careers, for reasons such as budgeting but also a greater degree of freedom. This year’s London Short Film Festival, now in its 15th year, proves that the form itself is alive and...

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Experimental Filmmaker Eric Leiser Takes Us Behind The Scenes Of His Animations

Eric Leiser’s shorts and art have been exhibited widely, from film festivals, such as Cannes, and film venues, such as Anthology Archives and the British Film Institute, to museums and art galleries, including Goldsmiths, Whitney Museum, New Museum and Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). We spoke to Leiser about his passion for ecology and spiritualism, his lifelong obsessions, and the inspirations that led him to choose stop-motion animation as his primary medium. Kinoscope: The animal forms in your films recall the modernist painters, such as Paul Klee and Jean Dubuffet, and the later American painter, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Was your...

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Report on FICValdivia: New Pathways, Tokyo avant-garde and rebellious Sion Sono

One of the pleasures of attending a festival is being able to follow the myriad overlapping conversations created by its programmers. This was certainly the case at the 24th edition of FICValdivia, a festival that took place in the south of Chile this past October, and which I attended for the second consecutive year (this time serving on a jury with filmmakers Kiro Russo and Jerónimo Rodriguez). Beyond the competitive sections, Nuevos Caminos (New Pathways), curated by Gonzalo de Pedro Amatria, is the one section that always sets the tone for the festival. For the second year in a...

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