Part of our ongoing From the Vidéothèque Vault series, Chris Houkal explores Alexander Sokurov’s Confessions (1998). Shot aboard a Russian Navy ship in the late 90’s, this five-part epic is a strikingly beautiful, achingly sad meditation on desperation and loneliness on the high seas.
Description: Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s 2010 Palme d’Or recipient Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives was just one component of the Primitive Project, which also included a multi-part installation and two short films. All of these works were inspired by Nabua, a once populous village that was put under intense military occupation from the 1960s […]
Description: Before Songs from the Second Floor and You, The Living made him a beloved fixture of the past decade or so of European art-house cinema, and after the false start of a quickly aborted early career during the 1970s, Roy Andersson made commercials. Lots of them. If you have ever wondered where Andersson got […]
Description: This austere short from Taiwanese filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang bridges What Time Is It There? (2001) with The Wayward Cloud (2005). In the former, a Taipei watch vendor (Lee Kang-sheng) meets a beautiful woman (Chen Shiang-chyi) on her way to Paris. The encounter inspires him to reset all the clocks in Taipei to French time. […]