An official selection at Cannes, Toronto and Berlin, this quiet comedy takes us back to the late 1950’s and the Cold War, when the white sandy beaches of Latvia were part of the Soviet Union’s frontier.
Morning starts with the mail. That's customary. Let's have a look at habitual things, habitual movements, habitual life.
"The Linen" is a silent dissertation on the daily life of a truck driver who delivers clean linens to a children's hospital. He unloads the sheets and divides them up among the wards, where small, gripping dramas of life and death are unfolding. And every day it's the same story.
The setting: a mental hospital in Evreux on the eve of its demolition. By way of introduction, a quick and sharp track-out through a window, as a foretaste of what is coming: a journey from outside to inside, carried along by the wind.
JJA are his initials. This is the portrait of those initials: JJA in the garden, JJA in a deckchair on his balcony, in his office, in his bathroom.
Where? The Baumettes prison in Marseille. More precisely, the medical and psychological unit, where women psychiatrists have deliberately chosen to work.
In January 2010, a series of previously unreleased newsreels, produced by the Office of War Information during World War Two, was included in the Prelinger Archives Collection...
The Monastery is the story about the 82 year old bachelor Mr. Vig - who has never known love - and Sister Amvrosija, a young Russian nun who by chance or destiny, becomes part of his life.
Some things can be seen more clearly at night...
Take a deep breath in…and out," a soothing female voice says. We see a young woman putting makeup on an old woman's face, a marathon man running, an old woman lying in bed, recreational swimmers, a sewing machine stitching away...
I remember him as two dads. One was with us and played the piano, drew, sang, made people laugh. But there was another dad as well. Who found it hard to look people in the eyes.
Who was scared of something. Erik Bäfving
A surreal report from the peripheries of 'the people's home'. Maggie, a Kenyan woman who loves gold jewellery and suffers from severe pigeon phobia, lives in a Malmö suburb. A journey into a wild, life-affirming and mentally disordered world.
An intimate, picaresque inquiry into French life as lived by the country's poor and its provident, as well as by the film's own director, Agnes Varda...
For 12 years, filmmaker Leonard Retel Helmrich followed an Indonesian family from the slums of Jakarta...
Prague, Czech Republic, 31 May, 2003 - its a few minutes before 10 a.m. and there are more than 3000 people jostling on a remote parking place...
Ramin is a veteran Georgian wrestler, perhaps the only wrestler in the world known to have won seven opponents in mere 55 seconds...
It is 1998 and Israel is turning fifty...
Awarded SPECIAL MENTION at 42nd Karlovy Vary IFF.
The film covers the hot-blooded dispute over a U.S. military base, as part of the National Missile Defense Program, which was planned for construction in the woods surrounding Brdy Military Area...
"May we continue as the pioneer without haste but without rest." Olga M. Wiebe
“Most prisoners like boxes.” The constrained nature of prisons opens up an infinitude of fantasies and free artistic expression...
Song Song is the story of a composer in search of inspiration. Surrounded by an orchestraʼs worth of instruments that lay silent at his feet, Alain struggles to find his muse, though the appearance of a young woman may prove to be inspiration enough. Delicately attuned to the sometimes fruitful, often fraught artistic process.
A man rambles in a field for the entire time. A sculptor works with the wood. An old man speaks of Lord with excessive vehemence. In front of the old man's place there's an old railway, which passes a train every five minutes...
The story is quite simply magnificent. In 1979, to thank the owner of the island of Logoden for authorising the filming of scenes for Mon Oncle d’Amérique, Alain Resnais offered this gentleman, Jean Fraysse, a highquality super 8 camera...
Seated on a podium in a cinema as if for a typical Q&A after a screening, Françoise Lebrun, actress
here behind the camera (but in front of it too), begins by the end and politely warns her interlocutor:
it will be a question of a work in the style of a quilt, of a crazy quilt.
The truth is nothing but a group of pixels, the result of a digital zoom on blurred faces. The camera filming the members of a people's jury present at a murder trial is as lost as they are in a labyrinth of evidence, images, and witnesses, incapable of filming anything but its own disintegration.
Students demonstrate against a tuition increase. For 37 days, they occupy university offices. Any resemblance to recent events is completely intentional...
Generation Orchestra is a portrait of the impact of an initiative by the same name students from the Miguel Torga School, in Amadora.
The character of a German woman writer, about whom we know precious little, apart from the fact that her mother is losing her memory, goes to Hiroshima during the commemoration of the bombing...
This short, Oscar award-winning, film was shot in the glass factories of Leerdam and Schiedam and demonstrates how glass blowers do their work.
A perfect, fast and hilarious montage. Using images from Amsterdam Zoo, Bert Haanstra shows that a couple of similarities can be discovered between man and animal.
In Rembrandt, Haanstra shows that it is possible to make a fascinating film, only with images from paintings.
Bert Haanstra in this short film gives his vision - from the water – of a tranquil Holland.
A portrait of The Netherlands and the Dutch. With the aid of a hidden camera Haanstra observes people in the most diverse situations and shows the unusual in the usual and reverse.
A nun is in love with a dead monk – and her niece with her own deceased brother. Two pairs of siblings. And two destinies connected by more than mere kinship.
The documentary follows the Tremblay couple from Isle-aux-Coudres on their journey through France in search of Alexis’s ancestors.
This animated short by Theodore Ushev is like a whirlwind tour of Russian constructivist art and is filled with visual references to artists of the era, including Vertov, Stenberg, Rodchenko, Lissitsky and Popova.
Built around an intimate interview with the acclaimed Canadian dancer and choreographer, Peggy Baker Four Phrases is an artful animation and documentary hybrid that travels through a variety of techniques to celebrate Baker's work and legacy.
In this film by Denis Villeneuve, a young photographer is on assignment in Jamaica. It's a cultural shock! First anguished, he later becomes quite fascinated by the people he meets, their neighbourhood and their music.
This film is a revealing portrait of a tough cop with a big heart.
Shui-Bo Wang's feature documentary is a visual autobiography of an artist who grew up in China during the historic upheavals of the ‘60s, '70s and '80s.
This short film is a series of vignettes of life in Saint-Henri, a Montreal working-class district, on the first day of school.
This short documentary on the Netsilik Inuit shows the life of the community inside the igloo.
It presents the strategy of the Battle of Britain, showing with penetrating clarity the relationship of the various forces that went to make up the island's defences.
Look at the Bailey family, as seen from the inside.
From Arthur Lipsett (Very Nice, Very Nice and 21-87), another incisive short film that looks at human might, majesty and mayhem.
An experimental film from Arthur Lipsett, Free Fall is an assortment of film trimmings assembled to make a wry comment on humankind in today’s world. It evokes a surrealist dream of our fall from grace into banality.
This short film from Arthur Lipsett is an abstract succession of unrelated views of the passing crowd. A commentary on a machine-dominated society, it is often cited as an influence on George Lucas's Star Wars and his conceptualization of "The Force."
The third feature film by Pierre Perrault that takes place on Isle-aux-Coudres entitled Les Voitures d’eau focuses on people who, in the times of steel ships, international competition and monopoles, sail on wooden schooners.
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