Movie #15 of Berkens 30 days, 30 countries challenge
The House Is Black- Iran
As short as it is, the depiction of people to whom faith has been cruel going to school, celebrating and thanking god for their existence is very powerful. The film does not shy away from depictions of disfigurement without giving the feeling that it wants to shock or force sympathy out of the viewer. The directors poems, as well as the verses from the koran, wich accompany the images as voice-over, only added to the profound impact this film had on me.
Movie #14 of Berkens 30 days, 30 countries challenge
Ashes and Diamonds- Poland
I expected this to be a pretty downbeat affair based on the premise and summary. This film is suprisingly engaging and fast pace. Sure the setting is depressing, but it is also hopeful and at there are even humorous moments. That paired with the beautiful cinematography and the focus on a topic that I personally had not much knowledge about made this a very enjoyable watch.
Movie #10 of Berkens 30 days, 30 countries challenge
Elite Squad- Brazil
Intense Film about the war in the Brazilian favelas and the people that participate in it. Much like City of God, Elite Squad simply shows you what is happening and forces you to make up your own mind about it. The issues presented are so complicated and the line between good and bad so blurred that it is hard to really root for any character. The direction during…
Movie #3 of Berkens 30 days, 30 countries challenge
Russian Ark- Russia
I had only seen Sokurovs "Faust" before and thought that the weird choice of lenses, the disorienting camera-movement and the way people always bump into each other and are not able to walk like a normal human being were unique to that film. Turns out that seems to be part of Sokurovs trademark style.
That, paired with the one-shot premise, wich is executed well and never feels much…