Aussie filmmaker Cate Shortland’s follow up to Somersault, is Lore.
PL: An adaptation of Rachel Seiffert’s novella The Dark Room, the German-language post-WWII road film stars newcomer Saskia Rosendahl as the daughter of an SS officer who must take her four siblings on a 900km journey across war-ravaged Germany.
Here’s episode one of Werner Herzog’s four part documentary series On Death Row, which serves as a companion piece to the feature length Into The Abyss.
Synopsis: Werner Herzog meets Hank Skinner, who was sentenced to death 18 years ago for the fatal stabbing of his girlfriend and her two mentally impaired sons; he has had his execution scheduled three times.
If you can manage to find it, the Joseph Garcia episode is amazing, it reveals in detail how several men escaped from maximum security.
Here’s a short talk followed by a Q&A from the 2012 Berlinale
earthquake-weather: This is a fascinating short form doc from Shaul Schwarz, a contract photographer for TIme, as well as a documentary filmmaker. I’m guessing this piece was culled from his upcoming feature doc Narco Cultura
Here’s the synopsis:
“Narco Cultura” is a documentary feature on the explosive narco culture, a phenomenon blurring the lines between war and entertainment. To a growing number of Mexicans and Latinos in the Americas, the Narco Traffickers represent the only models of fame and success, the only way out of the ghetto. This is the untold story behind the drug war, an unstoppable cycle that has created a culture of addiction on both sides of the border — addiction to the vanity of money, drugs and violence. These are the personal stories of those entangled in this war, from the musicians who profit by glorifying violence, to the man who collects the bodies the morning after.
Slated to come out 2012, looks like a powerful and important work.
dimitriishere: From Time Video, this super-interesting piece on Narcocorridos (songs created to glorify the violent exploits of drug barons in Mexico) provides an interesting insight into how cartel folklore has rapidly infiltrated popular culture in Mexico and beyond, more often than not in the form of music and films commissioned by the cartels themselves. The extent of the anarchy in towns like Juarez is particularly interesting, where cartels broadcast narcocorridos over police radio frequencies to announce when successful hits have gone down. Crazy stuff.
RE: There is a sense of gathering tragedy, symbolized in one scene where a child balances on an icy diving board over an empty pool. When disaster does strike, it releases helpless tears for one of the characters; we reflect on how very many things he has to cry about. Despite its mordant undertones, the film is often satirical and frequently very funny, and quietly observant in its performances, as when the Weaver character takes all she can of Kline’s musings about his dislike of golf, and finally tells her lover: “You’re boring me. I have a husband. I don’t feel the need for another.”
They all feel the need for something. What we sense after the film is that the natural sources of pleasure have been replaced with higher-octane substitutes, which have burnt out the ability to feel joy. Going through the motions of what once gave them escape, they feel curiously trapped.
Check out the trailer here, and this scene is awesome
When he was 28 years old, Bruce Lee wrote this letter stating his personal goals:
My Definite Chief Aim
I, Bruce Lee, will be the first highest paid Oriental super star in the United States. In return I will give the most exciting performances and render the best of quality in the capacity of an actor. Starting 1970 I will achieve world fame and from then onward till the end of 1980 I will have in my possession $10,000,000. I will live the way I please and achieve inner harmony and happiness.