Alex and his droogs march along the streets of suburban London: they are dressed in white (plus the black of their bowler hats) and Rossini, Beethoven and Singin’ in the Rain are playing in the background; they drink amphetamine-laced milk in the frosty Korova Milk Bar and steal, punch and rape. But the powers that be in a society in the near future are more violent than they are. As shocking now as it was then, syncopated like a ballet of everyday monsters, provocative, ahead of its times, Kubrick’s masterpiece is based on the novel by Anthony Burgess.
1945. RAF pilot Peter Carter is returning home after a mission when his plane is shot down over the Channel. The next day he awakens on a beach, surprised he isn’t dead. The problem is that the Angel of Death lost him in the fog. One of Powell&Pressburger’s most amazing fantasies, which takes place in the sky (in b/w) and on Earth (in color), it is dominated by the power of love and science, rational and surreal, with brilliant dialogue, extraordinary effects, and irresistible tempo and irony.
A couple is camping in the forests of Oregon. Two menacing-looking neighbors complain about their dog but they might not be the most disturbing presences around. The American indie filmmaker Ian Clark (who, like Josephine Decker, was pointed out by Filmmaker Magazine) debuts with a sensorial and mysterious film, captured in a world that has something unfathomable and alien looming over it. Starring Zach Weintraub.
After spending years in England, a young woman returns to Beijing, where her father is dying of cancer. Her parents began living together again to deal with the man’s illness, but they don’t get along. Slowly but surely, the daughter begins to know her father, while the man remembers his past, his roots and his dreams. Autobiographical emotions for the second film by Degena Yun, the daughter of Saifu, the director of The Sorrows of Broke, which is quoted in the movie.
Cesare Pavese inspired an intimate journey in search of the threads which continue to link his universe to the present time. Shot in the symbolic places of a poetic imagery, the film starts in the hillsides of Piedmont and ends in the Calabrian Sea on the “border”: Macedonian communities that are repopulating the farmers’ vineyards and the stories of those who resist in difficult territories, also in the name of literature.
Essaouira, 1974: Glauber Rocha and his companion Mossa Bildner are going to Morocco. Their 8mm movie camera shoots Maghrebi clips of Cinéma Nôvo, between local life and touristic contemplations: a barber shop, a downtown street, a working-class lane, the bus terminal. An unusual Rocha, who re-emerges over 40 years later.
Abdul and Hamza are hiding in the mountains on the border between Serbia and Romania. They are ready to disappear once more like two ghosts. Equipped with a GPS device, they live in an abandoned house and talk about their past in Somalia. In the meantime, a guide tells tourists the story of a castle and two partisan fighters who found refuge there during WWII, while Milan talks about another painful conflict that is much more recent.
After World War Three, in 2019, the metropolis Neo-Tokyo is the scene of violent clashes between motorcycle gangs, and between police and civilians. Written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo and based on his homonymous manga, ten Japanese production companies collaborated on the film, which popularized anime in the West. Overwhelming, fascinating and sumptuous, Christopher Nolan is said to be working on a live remake of this cult movie.
Noir overlaps with sci-fi: in an unspecified future, agent Lemmy Caution, from the novels by Peter Cheyney (played for the eighth time by Eddie Constantine), is sent on a mission by the newspaper Figaro-Pravda to a city in another galaxy where life is regulated by the computer Alpha 60, which has outlawed all emotion. The city’s name is Alphaville but it’s really Paris: Godard plays with genres, politics, dehumanization, alienation and the growing loss of cultural and emotional reference points in Paris’ new, modern neighborhoods.