Jack Smith’s third feature film was originally titled “The Kidnapping of Wendell Willkie by the Love Bandit,” in reaction to the 1968 Presidential Campaign. Willkie was a liberal Republican who ran against FDR in the 1940’s. It mixes B&W footage of Smith’s creatures with old campaign footage of Willkie. The climax of the work appears to be the “auctioning” of the presidential candidate at the convention.
Gratinirani mozak Pupilije Ferkeverk is a short experiment as weird and extravagant as its incomprehensible title. Brains, made in collaboration with an avant-garde theatre troupe by the name of Pupilija Ferkeverk, can be viewed as a recording of a carefully constructed performance, a spontaneous ritual or simply a bunch of longhaired, sea-hugging naturists tripping, as a passionate plea in favour of individuality and freedom and an angry cry against any kind of authority.
Created from footage shot in Yuppie-era Boston and San Francisco, Living in the World showcases Joe Gibbons at his prime. The story is told through a series of “confessions” made by the narrator to his camera, as he decides to quit his position at a health-care company and continue his life outside the strictures of a 9-5 gig. “There’s something wrong with the world when you have to work and you don’t want to,” Joe declares. But then he finds that drifting jobless through the land of the employed creates its own peculiar anxieties.
Riko, a suicide-obsessed young woman, meets up with K, an angry young man whose dream is to blow out all of existence. Together, they join up with three other would-be terrorists on an errand to deliver a “cake” to an unspecified location somewhere in Tokyo.
Two prisoners in complete isolation, separated by the thick brick walls, and desperately in need of human contact, devise a most unusual kind of communication.
Experimental ballet film with choreography by Eske Holm. Lighting and trick shots emphasize and expand body movements.
Bressane created an imaginary encounter between three 20th-century geniuses, in which he portrayed the composer Lamartine Babo (a role by Caetano Veloso), the revolutionary author Oswald De Andrade and subversive reporter Joao Do Rio. Imaginative film comprises a mixture of erudite and popular elements.
Debut feature film from one of the most widely recognized directors from China’s “New Generation” of filmmakers, Ju Anqi. Filmed in Spring 1999, a gonzo camera crew roams the streets of China’s capital, asking random passersby, “Is the wind strong in Beijing?” This ambiguous question provokes a startling variety of responses that expose social and cultural anxieties within contemporary China.