Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Getting Ready for TIFF + Recent Reading

For nearly 15 years I've attended TIFF as a member of the general public but this year I applied for, and received, press accreditation. I'm looking forward to socializing with critic friends and making some new ones. Here's what I plan on seeing:

Bastards (Claire Denis, France)
Le Joli Mai (Chris Marker & Pierre Lhomme, France, 1963)
Stranger by the Lake (Alain Guiraudie, France)
Manila in the Claws of Light (Lino Brocka, Philippines, 1975)
At Berkeley (Frederick Wiseman, USA)
Closed Curtain (Jafar Panahi, Iran)
Abuse of Weakness (Catherine Breillat, France)
Night Moves (Kelly Reichardt, USA)
Our Sunhi (Hong Sang-soo, South Korea)
Un Conte de Michel de Montaigne (Jean-Marie Straub, France)
The King's Body (João Pedro Rodrigues, Portugal)
Redemption (Miguel Gomes, Portugal)
Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, UK)
A Touch of Sin (Jia Zhangke, China)
Stray Dogs (Tsai Ming-Liang, Taiwan)
The Strange Little Cat (Ramon Zürcher, Germany)
Wavelengths 1 (Avant-garde program with new films by Luther Price, Kenneth Anger, David Rimmer, Andrew Lampert and Scott Stark)
Manakamana (Stephanie Spray & Pacho Velez, USA)
Story of my Death (Albert Serra, Spain)
The Last of the Unjust (Claude Lanzmann, France)
When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (Corneliu Porumboiu, Romania)
The Selfish Giant (Clio Barnard, UK)
Three Landscapes (Peter Hutton, USA)
Song and Spring (Nathaniel Dorsky, USA)
Three Interpretation Exercises (Cristi Puiu, Romania)
REAL (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan)
October November (Götz Spielmann, Austria)
The Police Officer's Wife (Philipp Gröning, Germany)
R100 (Hitoshi Matsumoto, Japan)
Pays Barbare (Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi, Italy)
We are the Best! (Lukas Moodysson, Sweden)
Ilo Ilo (Anthony Chen, Singapore)
Love is the Perfect Crime (Arnaud & Jean-Marie Larrieu, France)
Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari (Alexey Fedorchenko, Russia)
The Major (Yury Bykov, Russia)

Any comments on these films or suggestions/recommendations of others playing at TIFF?


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Links to recent reads:

-- Essential: Laurent Kretzschmar's blog Serge Daney in English has posted new translations of a series of essays from his first book La Rampe (1983).

-- A feature on the essay film in Sight & Sound, with an introductory essay by Andrew Tracy followed by a dozen short pieces by critics and scholars, each highlighting a particular film.

-- Steven Shaviro on "Vulgar Appropriationism".

-- A conversation between Peter Hutton and Luke Fowler in which Hutton discusses, among other things, his new film Three Landscapes. Via Matthew Flanagan on Twitter.

-- Many terrific candidates and films on director Travis Wilkerson's list of "100 Greatest Living American Filmmakers" at MUBI. [UPDATE: This list, which went viral on Twitter and Facebook recently, was not in fact created by Travis Wilkerson. Please see his comment below.]

-- Steve Rybin on Hal Hartley at his blog Cinephile Papers.

-- "New York Neorealism" by Mark Asch at Fandor.

-- Darren Hughes at MUBI: "Looking at Women: William A. Wellman’s Style in "Frisco Jenny" and "Midnight Mary"".

-- A great interview with Abel Ferrara at Indiewire.

-- A 1950 article by Jacques Rivette on Hitchcock's Under Capricorn, translated by Ted Fendt and appearing in English for the first time, at Andy Rector's blog Kinoslang.

-- The "Cinema of Resistance" series at Lincoln Center in NYC looks great; Kevin Lee has created a video tribute inspired by it.

-- The new issue of the journal Grey Room is devoted to the cinema of Guy Debord.

-- Christopher Small posts Tag Gallagher's article "Angels Gambol Where They Will: John Ford's Indians," which appeared in Film Comment in 1993.

-- At the AV Club by various writers: "Beyond the Jedi: 10 Underappreciated Movies from 1983".

-- The new entry "Philosophy Through Film" at the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy (via Catherine Grant).

-- "The Importance of Postcapitalist Imagination": an interview with David Harvey.

-- Chris Cagle has been posting from the Visible Evidence conference in Stockholm.

-- "Left" is the theme of the new issue of World Picture, which includes essays on Paul Thomas Anderson (by Tania Modleski), Vincente Minnelli, Hollis Frampton, Guy Debord, and more. Via Catherine Grant, who has put up a post rounding up a Pasolini event organized by BFI last year, and including talks by John David Rhodes, Rosalind Galt, Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, etc., all of which can be downloaded from iTunes.

pic: "The Strange Little Cat" (Ramon Zürcher, Germany)