It starts like a noir and turns into an adventure story and post-apocalyptic fairytale, a journey on a cargo ship toward Nowhereland. “What is Nowherland? It’s a terrestrial place where emotions have been frozen.” The fifth feature film by F.J. Ossang, director, punk musician and artist, Silver Leopard for Best Director at the last Locarno Film Festival.
“I was thrilled at the idea of working on Herzog, who had already inspired us with his crazy stories and astonishing brainwaves. I realized that this experience would challenge my entire way of thinking, it would be a direct confrontation, with visceral questions about the relations between humans, between art and reality, the natural world and civilization. I prayed I could summon all my inner strength to complete the task” (from the diary of Les Blank and Maureen Gosling on the set).
Tel Aviv, Ramallah, New York, the tomb of Walter Benjamin at Portbou, the Angelus Novus. It isn’t a film about Benjamin, but a Benjaminian film which recounts the cities which the German philosopher never visited.
“That dream allowed me to survive. If I can build myself a boat, the world will be mine.”Today, Nikolay recounts the feat he accomplished in 1985: to circumnavigate the world solo on a sailboat. By crossing the iron curtain, he showed an entire generation of young Bulgarians the road to freedom.
In Lisbon, the last city on the Mediterranean, condemned to the Atlantic, Luís Miguel Cintra – the fetish actor of Portuguese cinema (Manuel De Oliveira, Paulo Rocha, José César Monteiro…) – accompanies us along the south bank of the Tago river, on a journey through the history of Europe and the Mediterranean sea.
A French representative from the first Western European delegation in North Korea in 1958, after the war which caused four million deaths; and a nurse who lived in that country and who bears the scars of that horrendous conflict. Two lovers who share the meaning of one single word: napalm. The story of a surprising journey which traverses existences and feelings.
Trees, the sea, megaliths, an iron bridge, a woman crossing through the image: filmed from the first to the last hour of the day, returning to a primitive idea of cinema, with music by Throbbing Gristle.
Bruce Baillie offers us sublime moments of natural beauty through a journey which celebrates the American landscape and the man who tamed it, on sea and on land; a poem accompanied by the music of Wagner.
An abandoned airport, a man walks, smokes, writes letters, dances to Boney M. The airport is the international terminal at Hellinikon Airport in Athens; it was designed in 1969 by Erno Saarinen, abandoned in 2001, and has recently been used as a temporary shelter for Syrian refugees.