1 May 2020

Cinematic Favorites 04/20

During April of 2020, I saw forty features, with the special focus on oldies, and more than one hundred shorts, many of which by virtue of online festivals such as Berlin Revolution and My Darling Quarantine. The most revelatory viewing experience was provided by Cesare Bedognè's medium-length offering Maria's Silence which I described as 'transcendentally cinematic', as well as 'darkly oneiric, deeply mysterious, sublimely beautiful and uncompromisingly lyrical' in one of my Facebook posts. I also fell in love with The Girl, the initial and most poignant entry in Puriša Đorđević's dreamlike tetralogy of war and revolution, and was swept away by the deliriously erotic experiment Snow on the Lips by eccentric Serbian poet, painter, journalist, translator and filmmaker Ljubiša Jocić (1910-1978)... And here come the lists!

OLDIES


1. The Girl (Puriša Đorđević, 1965)
2. Frankenstein (James Whale, 1931)
3. Dead Woman from Beverly Hills (Michael Pfleghar, 1964)
4. The Phantom of the Opera (Rupert Julian, 1925)
5. Narcissus and Psyche (Gábor Bódy, 1980)
6. Every Man for Himself (Jean-Luc Godard, 1980)
7. The Stolen Airship (Karel Zeman, 1967)
8. The Curse of the Cat People (Gunther von Fritsch & Robert Wise, 1944)
9. Devil's Bride (Arūnas Žebriūnas, 1974)
10. The Invisible Ray (Lambert Hillyer, 1936)

RECENT FEATURES


1. About Endlessness (Roy Andersson, 2019)
2. Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (Salvador Simó, 2018)
3. Silver (Allan Brown, 2016)
4. Heavy Trip (Juuso Laatio & Jukka Vidgren, 2018)
5. Tlamess (Ala Eddine Slim, 2019)

BERLIN REVOLUTION FILM FESTIVAL


1. Maria’s Silence (Cesare Bedognè, 2017)
2. Greetings, From The Planet Krog! (Yani Gellman, 2020)
3. Alma (Michelangelo Fornaro, 2019)
4. Cyclamen (Davide Canali, 2018)
5. Dania (Marsia Tzivara, 2018)
6. Olive (Michael Higgins, 2018)
7. Commander (Aitan Ebrahimoff, 2019)
8. Allegro Lambda (Miriam Endrulat, 2019)
9. Cease Susurrating (Ye Mimi, 2018)
10. Sans lune (Sophie Watzlawik, 2017)

MY DARLING QUARANTINE


1. Carrier (Marijn Grieten, 2019)
2. Chigger Ale (Miguel Llansó aka Fanta Ananas, 2013)
3. Contamination (Carl Stevenson, 2003)
4. Hotel Rienne (Ola Simonsson & Johannes Stjärne Nilsson, 2002) 
5. Rabbitland (Ana Nedeljkovic & Nikola Majdak, jr., 2013)

+ another 25 short films, including (inter alia) traditional, stop-motion and CG animation, pieces of analog cinema and even an experimental music video with delightful low-tech aesthetics, in chrono/alphabetical order.


1. Sneg na usnama (Ljubiša Jocić, 1971)
2. Gavran (Nikola Đurić, 1973)
3. Sfaira 1985-1895 (Ivan Ladislav Galeta, 1984)
4. End Zone (Rob Cunningham, 2008)
5. Don’t Look Back (Melissa Dullius & Gustavo Jahn, 2010)
6. Dr. Professor’s Thesis of Evil (Jukka Vidgren, 2011)
7. Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven (Don Thiel & Chris Saphire, 2011)
8. Time Gap (Duo Strangloscope, 2013)
9. Humanicid (Mihailo Dragojević, 2015)
10. Pt/Tearpalm – Iglograd (Put na Sirius) (MMM, 2015)
11. Body (Christopher Brown, 2016)
12. Fajr (Lois Patiño, 2016)
13. Love (Réka Bucsi, 2016)
14. Nuestro hogar (Alberto F. Miguel, 2016)
15. Tony and Bill (Chris O’Neill, 2016)
16. Escape from the Law of Octaves (Kai Fiáin, 2018)
17. Four Acts in Between (Angelina Voskopoulou, 2018)
18. Princesa Morta do Jacuí (Marcela Ilha Bordin, 2018)
19. Rebooted (Michael Shanks, 2019)
20. Storm (Will Kindrick, 2019)
21. Tanz (Martina Ampuero, 2019)
22. The Bird Game (Marianna Simnett, 2019)
23. Toe (Chad Thurman & Neal O’Bryan, 2019)
24. Sequence (Ilaria Boffa & Pèninșolar, 2020)
25. Sol Levante (Akira Saitoh, 2020)

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