Slow Cinema

"In all film there is the desire to capture the motion of life, to refuse immobility," Agnes Varda has noted. But to capture the reality of human experience, cinema must fasten on stillness and inaction as much as motion. Slow Movies investigates movies by acclaimed international directors who in the past three decades have challenged mainstream cinema's reliance on motion and action. More than other realist art cinema, slow movies by Lisandro Alonso, Pedro Costa, Cristian Mungiu, Alexander Sokurov, Bela Tarr and others radically adhere to space-times in which emotion is repressed along with motion; editing and dialogue yield to stasis and contemplation; action surrenders to emptiness if not death.

  • 'Til Madness Do Us Part
  • 11 x 14
  • 24 Frames
  • 36
  • 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days
  • Abendland
  • About Endlessness
  • The Absent
  • Adam's Passion
  • Adela
  • The Aftermath of the Inauguration of the Public Toilet at Kilometer 375
  • Afternoon
  • Alamar
  • Almost There
  • Alps
  • Amour
  • And What Is the Summer Saying
  • Another Year
  • Artificial Paradises
  • At Sea
  • Au Hasard Balthazar
  • Aurora
  • Autumn Almanac
  • Battle in Heaven
  • Behemoth
  • Bestiary
  • Beyond the Hills
  • Birdsong
  • Black and White Trypps Number Three
  • Blissfully Yours
  • A Bride for Rip Van Winkle
  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • Broken Flowers
  • The Brown Bunny
  • Butterflies Have No Memories
  • By the Name of Tania
  • Centaur
  • Century of Birthing
  • Century of Smoke
  • Closing Time
  • Clouds of May
  • Coast of Death
  • Code Blue
  • Code Unknown
  • The Color of Pomegranates
  • Colossal Youth
  • Corn Island
  • Cremaster 1
  • Crosscurrent
  • Crude Oil
  • Damnation
  • Daughter of the Nile
  • Dawn
  • The Day Before the End
  • Day Night Day Night
  • Dead Slow Ahead
  • Dead Souls
  • Death in the Land of Encantos
  • The Death of Mr. Lazarescu
  • Despite the Night
  • Distant
  • Distant
  • The Ditch
  • The Dog
  • Down There
  • Dream and Silence
  • Drift
  • The Ebb of Forgetting
  • Ecce Homo
  • Egg
  • El sur
  • Elephant
  • An Elephant Sitting Still
  • Elsewhere
  • Eternity
  • Eternity and a Day
  • Evolution of a Filipino Family
  • Extension
  • Face
  • Fajr
  • Fallen
  • Fat Girl
  • Fata Morgana
  • Fate
  • Father and Son
  • Father and Sons
  • Few of Us
  • The Fifth Season
  • Film
  • Finisterrae
  • Five Dedicated to Ozu
  • Florentina Hubaldo, CTE
  • Flying Fish
  • Fogo
  • Four Nights of a Dreamer
  • The Four Times
  • Freedom
  • From the East
  • From What Is Before
  • Frost