Film

Welcome to Film

Film is a potent way of opening our hearts and minds. The filmmaker has various components at their disposal (dialogue, visuals, sound, music …) to engage the viewer and draw us into an experience they want to convey. Film might be the most accessible art form of all. A film lasts around 2 hours. We can enjoy it in our own living room, alone or with others. It can transport us within a few moments to an unfamiliar context that challenges us to observe, learn and wonder. We are asked to interpret events, words, people’s faces, choices … Film can help us to imagine new possibilities and confront the adversities of life.

I am driven by my conviction that our worldview is constructed and reimagined through stories. In encountering stories different to our own we discover what really is important to us; what we wouldn’t like to be without and what it is that truly endangers our lives. Stories either confirm or question the things we live for. They can open new horizons. Film gives us access to a multitude of stories with the potential to deeply enrich our appreciation of life. 

This section presents short reflections and recommendations on film. It aims to: broaden the field of film for the reader, introduce the potency of a variety of different film genres & demonstrate the potential of film to open up conversations about life.

The postings are both my own and from a group of film-interested friends who contribute with their recommendations. I would be delighted to hear your thoughts in the Comments sections.

Rinus Nov 2018

 

Forbidden Games

Forbidden Games

By now I have seen a respectable number of films. This has made me only aware that there are so many precious, great films in film history that so far never have entered into my orbit. I am also sure that it would be a good fortune to see them. One of them I recently...

Where to start with Arab Film?

Where to start with Arab Film?

Arab cinema refers to films from the various countries and cultures of the Arab world. Among the Arab nations Egypt has by far the biggest tradition as a filmmaking country. Three quarters of all the films made so far in the Middle East and North Africa are from...

Trying to do the Right Thing

Trying to do the Right Thing

The film I pick from last week's watching is The Unknown Girl (2016) from Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne. It is about a young doctor named Jenny Davin who is thorough, dedicated and compassionate towards the mostly poor people who come to her practice. One evening, long...

Sometimes Silence Speaks More Than Words

Sometimes Silence Speaks More Than Words

The film I would like to bring this week under your attention is the 2018 drama film La Enfermedad del Domingo - Sunday's Illness by the Spanish director Ramón Salazar. It is a Netflix original which I am afraid easily can be overlooked. It deserves attention!...

Looking into a Mirror

Looking into a Mirror

Another significant, highly accomplished film of the 20th century, which I so far have hesitated to write about is The Mirror by the Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky. This film from 1975 is chronologically located in the middle of the seven masterpieces that...

The Power of Memories

The Power of Memories

Another significant, highly accomplished film of the 20th century, which I so far have hesitated to write about is The Mirror by the Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky. This film from 1975 is chronologically located in the middle of the seven masterpieces that...

A Conversation with ‘Hotel Salvation’

A Conversation with ‘Hotel Salvation’

My experience of watching Michael Dudok de Wit’s The Red Turtle was not what I expected. A fairytale, expressed in hand-drawn animation, had seemed like a pleasant enough prospect. I was not ready to have my emotional life reflected back to me. Normally I’m not the...

Persona

Persona

These are the slides from a seminar that explores the metaphor of having a 'conversation' with a film using Hotel Salvation as a case study. Mark Kermode's preview of Hotel Salvation for the BFI.   *Image & video posted for non commercial purposes under 'fair...

Where to Start with Chinese Film?

Where to Start with Chinese Film?

There are certain films I hesitate to write about. Not because they are unimportant. On the contrary, these are among the most significant and accomplished films of the 20th century. One reason is that, even after several viewings, those films have not really yielded...

Capernaum – Cinema that Calls for Social Change

Capernaum – Cinema that Calls for Social Change

China has a long film history with the first Chinese film produced in 1905. China is predicted to become the largest market in the world for film by 2019.  The history of Chinese film is usually described in successive generations and the films I would start with, in...

Forces of evil at work

Forces of evil at work

It needs to be said right away: Capernaum is an exceptional film. There is not one dead moment in the film. It is constantly captivating. The story of the two child protaganists, the twelve year-old Zain and the two-year old Yonas, in the poorest, dirtiest slum of...

History and Highlights of Korean Film

History and Highlights of Korean Film

Sergei Loznitsa is a Ukrainian director, whom I would recommend you to make a mental note of in case you meet one of his films.After having finished his film studies at the Russian State Institute of Cinematography in 1997 Loznitsa started to make a series of quite...

How to Watch a Film – Entering New Worlds

How to Watch a Film – Entering New Worlds

There are certain films I hesitate to write about. Not because they are unimportant. On the contrary, these are among the most significant and accomplished films of the 20th century. One reason is that, even after several viewings, those films have not really yielded...

An Elephant Sitting Still

An Elephant Sitting Still

Italian film director Alice Rohrwacher talks of how, as a child, she used to fall asleep in the car on long family trips. She recalls that when she woke up, she was met by a completely different world from the one she started in. She says: 'this is film'. You close...

Happy as Lazzaro (dir. Alice Rohrwacher)

Happy as Lazzaro (dir. Alice Rohrwacher)

At the Gothenburg Film Festival 2019 the film which made the deepest impression on me was the Chinese film An Elephant Sitting Still of the director Bo Hu. This film has been written about both because of its obvious quality, winning the Best Feature Award at the...

Stirring the Imagination – the films of Alice Rohrwacher

Stirring the Imagination – the films of Alice Rohrwacher

I first became acquainted with Italian director Alice Rohrwacher last fall of 2018 when I had the privilege of watching her inaugural impacting film, Corpo Celeste. It was without hesitation that, upon finding her third production offered by Netflix, I logged on for...

Heartbreaking Storytelling (Shoplifters – Palme d’Or 2018)

Heartbreaking Storytelling (Shoplifters – Palme d’Or 2018)

Another significant, highly accomplished film of the 20th century, which I so far have hesitated to write about is The Mirror by the Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky. This film from 1975 is chronologically located in the middle of the seven masterpieces that...

Lean on Pete

Lean on Pete

The film that stood out to me in the past week was definitively the Brazilian film Found Memories by Julia Murat (2011). A couple of years ago I had been made aware of this film, but it was not before now I came across a copy of this film.  The title in Portuguese is...

¡Nae Pasaran! (They Shall Not Pass)

¡Nae Pasaran! (They Shall Not Pass)

The film I would like to bring this week under your attention is the 2018 drama film La Enfermedad del Domingo - Sunday's Illness by the Spanish director Ramón Salazar. It is a Netflix original which I am afraid easily can be overlooked. It deserves attention!...

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