Tag Archives: CIFF

Memories of Tarr

I remember during the Q & A after the film, Tarr holding up a paperback copy of the novel and saying, “This was our screenplay.”

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3 things about Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s MEKONG HOTEL

Mekong Hotel [2012] 1. While knitting, her mother describes what it was like to fire an M-16. 2. Spanish guitar blues tune. 3. The river is like a Zen garden in motion, made of water.

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3 things about Cristian Mungiu’s BEYOND THE HILLS

Beyond the Hills [2012] 1. She kneels in front of the priest. He drapes the cassock over her head. 2. He tears off a hunk of bread with his blackened fingers and dips it into the soup. 3. Windshield wipers.

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3 things about Péter Bergendy’s THE EXAM

The Exam [2011] 1. Code name: Pudovkin. 2. A Christmas Eve dinner of goulash. 3. Each room is another facet of the intelligence apparatus.

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3 things about Chris Sullivan’s CONSUMING SPIRITS

Consuming Spirits [2012] 1. He drops the cigarette, which is quickly eaten up by a fish. 2. “One must stay alert in this business. Victor is using a coffee cup to stay alert.” 3. A local watering hole is called The … Continue reading

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3 Things

Ricky [2009] 1. They try using tape. Doesn’t work. 2. Old man to a clerk: “I’d like one of these remote-controlled babies.” 3. The spiny beginnings of feathers.

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3 Things

Videocracy [2009] 1. “I have Mussolini’s hymns on my mobile phone.” He proves it. 2. In front of the mirror, naked, he rubs down his muscles. Later he sprays himself with cologne over and over. 3. Berlusconi owns 90% of … Continue reading

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3 things about Kore-eda Hirokazu’s AIR DOLL

Air Doll [2009] 1. She’s afraid of her shadow. Since she’s made of plastic the light passes through her. 2. “They always say, people with cold hands have warm hearts.” 3. The little girl combs her doll’s hair with a … Continue reading

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3 Things

A Frozen Flower [2008] 1. “Heads on stakes, there are heads on stakes!” 2. Sex scenes in a library. Castration in a library. 3. He bites into the flower rice cake and pronounces it exquisite.

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Status

So far, in my poll to determine which movies I’ll see at CIFF this year, the frontrunners are A Frozen Flower The Revenant Air Doll Police, Adjective Mother Antichrist Alas I’ve just discovered that there is not likely to be an advance … Continue reading

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