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  • Sigur Rós: Heima

    Sigur Rós: Heima


    We accompany Sigur Rós on a very intimate tour in 2006 around their home country of Iceland. The concept of 'spaces' really spoke to me here. They play on an open field, an abandoned fish market and villages of a few thousand inhabitants. Their concerts were free and it was an all-family experience, accessible for everyone on so many different levels. As they say, you didn't even have to like the music, just the feeling of being present there made…

  • Sleep Has Her House

    Sleep Has Her House


    The raw strength and the prowess of earthly nature

    SHHH is a one-man show with nature as its main character. There are seemingly endless forests. Animals are disappearing into the vast landscapes. We are as far from human footprints as possible. This planet feels familiar, yet alien.

    I can only speak for this work, since it is my first Barley, but to me this is the film equivalent of experimental ambient and drone music of which I am a huge…

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  • A Man Escaped

    A Man Escaped


    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Bresson's minimalism rivals a lot of modern prison break and heist movies. "A Man Escaped" makes the viewer pay attention to the quietest whisper in the surrounding of the main character Fontaine. The pacing is exhausting with seemingly very little advances in the middle of the film. The fantastic opening scene in the car satisfies a cineaste's heart all too well and the gripping last third with Jost makes up for the tedious bits inbetween.

    It's my first Bresson and I could see it grow on me a lot more at a future second viewing.

  • In the Mood for Love

    In the Mood for Love


    After my first Wong Kar-wai film "Chungking Express" which was an instant favourite, I had ridiculously high expectations for this one. I expected - as the title says - something romantic, deeply emotional. Obviously, this isn't the case here. I could only really love the cinematography (mirror scenes, coloring, slow-motion, sudden cuts, etc.) of the movie in my first view, since I couldn't get a clear grasp on the protagonists' feelings and intentions and how the story would turn out…