Mar 1, 2019

Cinematic Favorites of February

The intensive collage-making and, to a certain degree, my first solo exhibition which ended yesterday didn't leave me much time for film-watching, yet I managed to check out twenty something features and a dozen shorts. When it comes to the latter category, the absolute winner is Czech filmmaker Petr Makaj whose densely atmospheric 'mystery dramas' (for the lack of a better term) gave me strong Lynchian vibes, whereby his 2014 debut Eleanor (shot in Sarajevo, with Béla Tarr as the executive producer) sent some serious chills down my spine. So, keeping my fingers firmly crossed, I'm looking forward to our collaboration on his next project.

As far as 'theatrical films' are concerned, Gan Bi's sophomore effort Long Day’s Journey Into Night (originally, Di qiu zui hou de ye wan) which is heavily influenced by Tarkovsky had me completely immersed in its oneiric, labyrinthine narrative, magical 'ruin porn' / pre-apocalyptic-like aesthetics, and hypnotizing hour-long single take which marks or rather, makes its second half. A meditative exploration of abstract notions such as time, space, (lost) love and memory, this extremely lyrical (not to mention melancholic) tour de force could also be interpreted as the quest for the essence of cinema.

On the following list (which focuses on recent titles), you'll also find the latest offering from the cult director Nobuhiko Ōbayashi (Hausu) - a weird, playful and colorful, if slightly overlong ode to youth affected by war, as well as an enigmatic and unapologetically disorienting stop-motion fantasy from Chile, The Wolf House (La Casa Lobo), which takes a lot of cues from the renowned surrealist Jan Švankmajer.

1. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Gan Bi, 2018)
2. Where the Night Ends (Petr Makaj, 2018)
3. Empty Horses (Péter Lichter, 2019)
4. Wildlife (Paul Dano, 2018)
5. Green Book (Peter Farrelly, 2018)
6. The Wolf House (Joaquín Cociña & Cristóbal León, 2018)
7. Hanagatami (Nobuhiko Ōbayashi, 2017)
8. Last Sunrise (Wen Ren, 2019)
9. Alita: Battle Angel (Robert Rodriguez, 2019)
10. Braid (Mitzi Peirone, 2018)


  1. Green Book sam hteo da zaobidjem. Nekako te Oskarovske nadahnute filmove zaobilazim. Ali kada sam video da je rezirao Piter F. a I da ovde na blogu vidim pohvale, red je pogledati film :)

    1. Mene je film prijatno iznenadio, budući da sam takođe planirao da ga zaobiđem, a onda odgledao iz inata. :D