If you ever have to prove with words that reality does exist, good luck… precisely the kind of challenge that “Denial” takes on with great resolve. Based on a true event, an American Jewish historian finds herself here having to prove in court that the Holocaust did take place… What happened is what happened and we will continue to be joined to others in space, and in time… but as long as words exist, they will be used to conceal reality and historical revisionism will endure. There where it hurts the most is where the enemy will strike: as Pierre Vidal-Naquet, the French historian wrote, it is a tentative of extermination on paper that relays the actual extermination. Whether done by a country like Iran, any group or individuals, denying the Holocaust is a form of antisemitism.Read More
Excerpt from my review: “We eagerly divide up our lives into past, present, future (and history), and act as if the riddle of time, this most perplexing mystery, had been solved. Yet, a few scientists, philosophers, artists, poets, filmmakers and other mystics keep venturing outside these ready-made formulas….. Through a rich mixture of documentary and fiction footage, composed like the free verse reflections of a visual archeologist – the film plays with our tired eyes: will it be able to jolt us out of our endless complacency and arrogance?” […]Read More
The best St. Louis International Film Festival in memory! Three of my favorite films: “In Transit” – The last of the great direct cinema documentary filmmakers, the recently deceased Albert Maysles (Salesman, Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens, Running Fence…)… an eloquent love letter to humanity.
With a rarely seen fragility and gentleness, this tour de force of a film allows us to sense how precious each life is. Each individual’s aspirations and vulnerability is magically brought to light: one of the most touching film experience at this festival! — “The Fool/Durak” – … In the midst of the squalor of a small Russian town, through its understated acting and gritty realism, a suspense as worthy as that of a James Bond film, slowly but surely, takes shape. How institutions and the self-serving individuals that populate them can hold onto their morally bankrupt power… — “Embrace of the Serpent” – By following their actual diaries, this sumptuous and sensual film – some would call it an hallucinatory trip – pays tribute to two explorers and their guides as they venture into unknown regions of Colombia. One of the most astonishing and luminous film at the St. Louis International Film Festival! […]
November 5 – November 15 — The 2015 Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (SLIFF) – A UNIQUE CHANCE TO WATCH CINEMATIC TREASURES… films which, no matter how outstanding they are, often will not find a distributor in the U.S. Where else can you get to travel to 70 countries in 10 days through 447 films (97 narrative features, 86 documentary features, and 264 shorts)? Those I can already vouch for include Deep Web (opening night), Embrace of the Serpent, In Transit, The Fool/Durak, Sea Fog/Haemoo, Once in a Lifetime, In My Father’s House, Theeb, Three Windows and a Hanging, Dry, Eadweard, Court, Among the Believers, Hitchcock/Truffaut, The Last Mentsch, Armor of Light, Can You Dig This, Landfill Harmonic, Thao’s Library, Right Footed, Radical Grace, Something You Can Call Home, Cemetery of Splendor. Feel free to write for more info […]Read More