Movie City Indie Archive for September, 2013

Pride’s Friday 5

1. To The Wolf


Christina Koutsospyrou and Aran Hughes’ To The Wolf, showing in the “City-to-City: Athens” section, is a gem of crafted nonfiction shot in a secluded Greek village where two ragged families of shepherds battle, most members elderly, and all struggle to survive in intense poverty. Without being derivative, the film suggests a meeting of Béla Tarr and Theo Angelopoulos, as weathered and wind-sheared and sopping damp as work by those masters. (There is a wonderful tracking shot in through a flock of sheep on a road that could have gone on for minutes longer, and in fact once did, the directors told me.) The film has a physical austerity to match the fiscal austerity imposed upon the country’s most vulnerable of citizens. I wrote about To The Wolf for Filmmaker magazine from March’s Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. A not-rainy teaser is below.

2. 99% The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film

Social and political moments with too many moving parts and participants are one of the great casualties of the withering of independent journalism around the world, and especially in this country. Read the full article »

Introducing TIFF’s “The Cronenberg Project” (1’11″40′)

The video begins just beyond 24 minutes in.

Teasing Snowflakes From THE UNKNOWN KNOWN (2’41”)

World-class smirk: “I’m cool. I’m measured.”

Trailering GRAVITY (2’23”)

“Lake Zurich, Illinois.”

“Hi, I’m Tom Pynchon”: Trailering “Bleeding Edge” (4’59”)

Trailering “Massive Attack Vs Adam Curtis” (3’35”)

NYC, September 28 – October 4, 2013. [Via Ted Hope.]

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