what a beautiful pain in the butt.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Original article in Portuguese, published at / Artigo originalmente publicado em:
Translation to English published at: revistacinetica.com.br/english/hard-to-be-a-god-trydno-byt-bogom-by-aleksei-german-russia-2013/
by Fábio Andrade
Hard to be a God, Aleksei German’s final film, is an epic journey through a fold in time: Don Rumata (Leonid Yarmolnik) is sent to a recently discovered planet that is exactly like Earth, but 600 years in the past. The present in this other world is the Renaissance, and Don Rumata spends de 170 minutes of…
Article about "Sieranevada" and João Pedro Rodrigues' "The Ornithology", originally published at revistacinetica.com.br/english/the-symbolic-is-dead-long-live-the-symbolic/:
The symbolic is dead, long live the symbolic
Cristi Puiu’s Sieranevada starts with an awkwardly composed shot of an SUV carelessly parked in the middle of the street. Lary (Mimi Brănescu) gets off and goes inside a building, leaving his idling vehicle for a minute or so. The camera doesn’t follow him, left behind with the car, blocking traffic. The shot goes on for a few…