CPH:DOX 2018 - New Visions

"Having peppered their program with fiction films since their first edition in 2003 – a time when doing such a thing was far less commonplace than it is now – Copenhagen’s non-fiction film festival CPH:DOX has long held a reputation for eschewing categorisation. This is most apparent in the…

CPH:DOX 2018 - Colossal Youth

“It takes a very long time to become young,” said Pablo Picasso, quoted in Jean Cocteau’s book ‘The Hand of a Stranger’, but the reverse can be true too, as displayed in 3 first time features about young people playing at nonfiction festival CPH:DOX. For these folks the…

Glasgow Film Festival 2018 - Margaret Salmon, Circle

"How can you effectively survey more than 20 years of filmmaking? How to tie together films that vary in form and approach, films made by a person at different periods of their life, across different countries, with different friends and family members? How to curate a retrospective that doesn’…

We Have Rather Been Invaded (2016, Ed Webb-Ingall)

Ed Webb-Ingall’s We Have Rather Been Invaded, a film that takes it title from a statement made by a news announcer during a studio invasion in protest of Section 28, begins from that discriminatory law—passed in 1978 and revoked only as recently as 2003—but expands beyond it,…

April (2018, Sarah Forrest)

Some films use repeating motifs, either to establish patterns, generate mood, or enforce a point. Sarah Forrest’s April literally repeats. Midway through the film, the scene restarts, cycling again through the same set of images, sounds and lines of voiceover with which it had begun. Such an instance might…

Edge of Frame Weekender 2018 - Cosmogonical Cinema

"Traditional filmmaking has a fundamental limitation. It must start with reality. The images that can be created begin with what can be observed and recorded; filmmakers must use the extant in order to create something new. In animation - irregardless of the tools and techniques being used - no…

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018 - Time Travel, Map Making

"The scale and ambition of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), which packs 593 short and feature films into 12 days of independent cinema, as well as talks, performances, and gallery installations in venues across the city, makes it almost uniquely difficult to approach, even for the experienced visitor. The…

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018 - Dream Curation

"Sleep has been an integral part of the films of Apichatpong Weerasethakul since he began making them, but recently it has felt increasing central to the experience of viewing them as well. He introduced screenings of his last feature Cemetery of Splendour by stating that he didn’t mind…

Seventeen (1983, Joel DeMott and Jeff Kreines)

The fact that Joel DeMott and Jeff Kreines’ Seventeen—a scrappy, sprawling observational documentary about a group of teenagers in Muncie, Indiana—contains very few moments of quiet means that when one does arrive, it seems all the more resonant. From the start of the film, the onscreen characters—whether…