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90 minutes | Oct 17, 2021
BEGINNINGS: 'IMPORT/EXPORT' BY ULRICH SEIDL
In this episode of Beginnings, we discuss Ulrich Seidl's 'Import/Export'. The nuance of binary lies in its capacity to establish the boundaries in which true expression can unfold. Import/Export is able to stylise life, imitating its love of binaries: of beginning and end, of love and loss, of hope and desolation. The form of this films takes on that of the human voice; join us in communion.
82 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Verses: The Pawlikowski Documentaries
Here we discuss the four documentaries that Pawel Pawlikowski made for the BBC in the early nineties: 'Tripping with Zhirinovsky', 'Dostoevsky's Travels', 'Serbian Epics' and 'From Moscow to Pietushki'. Each of these films represent Pawlikowski's unique touch in the way that they blur the boundaries between fiction and reality, occupying a space of heightened, absurdist reality. Tune in and join the chat for a real discussion on one of the greatest filmmakers of our time.
53 minutes | Jul 24, 2021
Portraits: 'Andrei Rublev' and 'Pirosmani'
The art of cinema is its ability to rigorously utilise all the artistic forms that surround it, whilst also preserving them in amber. 'Portraits' is about taking a microscope to the entombed.The series begins with two biopics: 'Andrei Rublev' by Andrei Tarkovsky and 'Pirsomani' by Georgi Shengelaia. The biopic, like every other genre, derives its name from its duty to certain conventions. It is seldom true that such tight constrictions lead to liberated and exciting filmmaking, but here are two exceptions.No more erroneous romanticisation of the individual. The art is all that remains of these subjects and is the only document one can use in faith to tell the story of their lives. Pirosmani, the man of black oilcloth, is a film of shadow and booze. Andrei Rublev, the man famous for his celestial azure, is a story that can only be told in black-and-white.
32 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
Review: 'State Funeral' by Sergei Loznitsa
It takes a sensitive filmmaker like Sergei Loznitsa to craft archival footage into a strong and cohesive documentary narrative. This film is a real document to arguably the most significant death of the twentieth century, which is portrayed with fidelity to those filmmakers of the 1950s whose efforts were suppressed by the historical weight of their subject matter. 'State Funeral' is the most impressive and respectful film of its kind that we've seen to date and certainly warrants a full discussion.
51 minutes | May 30, 2021
Review: 'Atlantis' by Valentyn Vasyanovych
Never before have we seen a film with so laden with IMAGES with such few cuts. This is a real testament to the visual power of film and a well-constructed scene.Check out our review of Valentyn Vasyanovych’s inspiring debut ‘Atlantis’.
45 minutes | May 3, 2021
Review: 'Malmkrog' by Cristi Puiu
We have a real episode of cogitation for one of the most literal, yet inventive adaptations we’ve seen to date. Malmkrog is an experience that won’t be forgotten any time soon and not one to be missed.
73 minutes | Mar 23, 2021
Review: 'Notturno' by Gianfranco Rosi
Where is the line between a documentary and a piece of serious filmmaking? We don't know, but maybe it lies in the borderlands, the no-place between conflict zones. When faced with brutal, self-evident violence, perhaps the only thing that remains is storytelling. The diversity of violence bleeds into the plurality of voices that echo inside this landmark of documentary filmmaking.If you're looking for THE themes, then they are heavy with this one, as we review Gianfranco Rosi's 'Notturno'. Best enjoyed at either twilight or dawn.
30 minutes | Feb 14, 2021
Review: 'Beginning' by Déa Kulumbegashvili
Here we have the surprisingly polarising piece 'Beginning' by first-time director Déa Kulumbegashvili. Geology, Jehovah and a proper nasty scene. All is discussed here.
36 minutes | Jan 20, 2021
Review: 'This Is Not a Burial, It's a Resurrection' by Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese
This is not a burial; it's a masterclass of cinema. Tune in for a gusher over one of the best films to come out of the early days of 2021.This is not one that can be missed in good faith.
53 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
The Roundup: 2020 in Export Film (Part Two)
Part two. We appreciate the commitment.
77 minutes | Dec 30, 2020
The Roundup: 2020 in Export Film (Part One)
2020 has been quite the year for cinema, and we couldn't keep quiet about that. Here's part one of our end of year roundup where chat about the giddy heights of this year, as well as the real stinkers.Tune in and get chatting.
58 minutes | Dec 19, 2020
Beginnings: 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford' by Andrew Dominik
Herein lies the discussion of Andrew Dominik's triumph in visual and sound design: 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford'. This film not only redefines what it means to tell such a well-known story, it even grapples with the very act of storytelling itself.In this episode we discuss everything from the landscapes to folklore, and of course, the tunes.Right, guns up. Let's have it.
16 minutes | Dec 15, 2020
Review: 'Nimic' by Γιώργος Λάνθιμος
Do you have the time? Here's our review of Yorgos Lanthimos' new short, 'Nimic'.Xxxxxxx
41 minutes | Dec 9, 2020
Review: 'About Endlessness' by Roy Andersson
Here's our review of Roy Andersson's latest meditation on endless life, with its portrayal of the mundane and the monumental, the high and the low, all existing on the same level. Get those angels down to earth; get the folk up to heaven.Everything is fantastic.
9 minutes | Nov 1, 2020
Review: 'In My Room' by Mati Diop
Here's our review of Mati Diop's recent short 'In My Room'. A smashing gem for our times. Tune in.
40 minutes | Oct 12, 2020
Review: 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things' by Charlie Kaufman
Back at you quick style with another review, and it's another Kaufman piece. We discuss in depth the recent gem to arrive on Netflix, 'I'm Thinking of Ending Things'. We have quite the film on our hands here.
66 minutes | Oct 10, 2020
Review: 'The Painted Bird' by Václav Marhoul
Here we discuss Václav Marhoul's much anticipated adaptation of The Painted Bird. We cover everything from aesthetics to scent. The smell-o-vision is far from strong here.
97 minutes | Sep 25, 2020
Verses: 'Anomalisa' and 'Synecdoche, New York' by Charlie Kaufman
This is the first episode of the Verses series, in which we bring several film from an auteur's catalogue in concert with each other. Here, we discuss Charlie Kaufman's Anomalisa and Synecdoche, New York.
67 minutes | Sep 12, 2020
Beginnings: 'Wings of Desire' by Wim Wenders
In the second episode of Beginnings, we discuss Wim Wenders' 1987 Wings of Desire. This film meditates on time and human connection, and we make no attempt to avoid the BIG themes.
145 minutes | Sep 7, 2020
Beginnings: 'Naked' by Mike Leigh
In this first episode of Export Film, we (Ben and Jack) discuss Mike Leigh's 1993 masterpiece Naked. This episode is the first part of a series in which we dive into the films which started our obsession with cinema.There is no better place to start than with Naked.
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