4* means i'd rewatch
"we honour that moment of transformation"
just gna ramble for a sec, cbf to properly organise thoughts. renzo martens is a bit like the herzog of fitzcarraldo, but somewhat less naive/idealistic/egotistical, and armed with a critique of capital and neocolonialism. this is not necessarily a good thing. he is adept at framing key questions about the political economy of art and “the art world”, especially in the context of racial capitalism. but he is also the epitome of problématique white saviour art man. to his credit, he’s done…
beautifully shot, pretty weird and hard to fathom, a real hotchpotch of genres and moods which don't really come together but still, this is one of the most interesting films i've seen this yr - a satire of the gated middle classes and a mystery about a deracinated masseuse from chernobyl, all in an atmosphere brooding with ecological anxiety and lust.
mohammad bakri courageously shot this fifty-minute doc in the immediate aftermath of the idf assault on the refugee camp in jenin, west bank, in april 2002. it gave the palestinians who lived there and witnessed it a momentary opportunity to produce their own counter-narrative of operation defensive shield, unadulterated by external narration. it was promptly banned by the israeli film ratings board - an institutional survival of the british mandate - but this decision was overturned by the supreme court,…
bout time i watched this - it didn't disappoint. hard to resist the characteristic charm of varda's approach - equally ludic and sincere, with a palpable interest in an array of objets trouvés and above all in the lives of her subjects, who are brought into closer contact by the portability and intimacy of the digital handheld, which levels the filmmaker-subject divide/hierarchy somewhat (but, let's be clear, never entirely). these subjects are the eponymous gleaners, who practise - in both…