av festival 2012 Archive

  • AV Festival: Let Each One Go Where He May

    AV Festival: Let Each One Go Where He May

    4/5
    In Let Each One Go Where He May (2009)’s incredible penultimate of thirteen one-take scenes, Benjen Pansa, one of two Surinamese brothers we have followed throughout the film, dons a clown mask and partakes in a carnivalesque ritual acted out in a Maroon village on the Upper Suriname River. Its peculiar, riotous energies come unexpected, [...]

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  • AV Festival: Finisterrae

    AV Festival: Finisterrae

    4/5
    The second film of the AV Festival shot by Catalan cinematographer Eduard Grau - the first was Albert Serra’s Honour of the Knights (Quixotic) - this directorial feature debut (2010) from Grau and Serra’s fellow Catalonian Sergio Caballero follows two ghosts, who wish to rejoin the living world, on a meandering, half-hearted pilgrimage to Santiago [...]

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  • AV Festival: Slow Cinema Weekend, Part 5 – Two Films by Ben Rivers

    AV Festival: Slow Cinema Weekend, Part 5 – Two Films by Ben Rivers

    This is the concluding part in a series of editorials on the AV Festival’s Slow Cinema Weekend, which ran March 8-11. [Part 1 - Slow Cinema Panel Discussion; Part 2 - Three Films by Fred Kelemen; Part 3 - Three Films by Lisandro Alonso; Part 4 - Four Films by Lav Diaz] Ben Rivers‘ consistent [...]

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  • AV Festival: Independencia

    AV Festival: Independencia

    3/5
    Independencia (2009) takes as its title the Spanish word for “independence”. Set on an island in the Philippines from the late 1890s onwards, the film covers two generations of a small family unit – mother (Tetchie Agbayani) and son (Sid Lucero), then, years later, son and lover (Alessandro de Rossi) with young boy (Mike Aguilos) [...]

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  • AV Festival: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter… and Spring

    AV Festival: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter… and Spring

    3/5
    It might be difficult to come out of Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter… and Spring (Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom, 2003) able to shirk a) its cutesy, aestheticised emotionalism, and b) the suspicion that its four-part-with-coda structure was determined by a narrative gimmick, that in which life’s phases are made analagous to the year’s seasons. [...]

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  • AV Festival: Syndromes and a Century

    AV Festival: Syndromes and a Century

    5/5
    Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul has made slower films than Syndromes and a Century (Sang sattawat, 2006). Blissfully Yours, his 2002 work, is famed for its opening credits sequence, which begins halfway through the film and divides its two stories, and the climactic sequence in which a man’s penis is patiently seduced to an erection. The [...]

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