La Nuit et l'enfant (David Yon, 2015)

DESISTFILM 2015 FILM ROUND-UP: THE LIST

Our favourite films of 2015: Editorial commitee, staff, friends  and filmmakers.

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Tomorrow Tripoli (Florent Marcie, 2014)

Nicole Brenez
Film Critic- France
Editorial Committee -Desistfilm

Despite the fact 2015 was a dark year for the history of avant-garde cinema, as we witnessed the disappearance of René Vautier, Manoel de Oliveira, Chantal Akerman and Haskell Wexler, it was also an amazingly rich years in the documentary field. At the tragic intersection of these two facts, disappearance and formal inventiveness, one finds Chantal Akerman’s No Home Movie. What is the origin of self-expression? Chantal often remarked that her work was structured by her mother’s silence about Auschwitz, and many of her characters offer an anamorphosis of Natalia Akerman herself, to begin with Jeanne Dielman. For the first time, Chantal’s final film offers a frontal quotidian—and thus all the more poignant—dialogue between them. Jean-Luc Godard’s Prix Suisse / Remerciements / Mort Ou Vif (Swiss Award / Thanks / Dead Or Alive) provides a new incarnation of critical thinking that defies death itself—before it attacks, while it attacks, and after defeating it. These two lessons from the darkness (“leçons des ténèbres”) fill us with a desperate but inexhaustible energy to face the conflicts of the contemporary world.

1. Tomorrow Tripoli (Florent Marcie, 2014)
French documentarian Florent Marcie completes his crucial war trilogy—which began with Itchkéri Kenti (2005), an account of the conflict between Chechnya and Russia—with new films about Afghanistan (Commandant Khawani) and Libya, respectively, revealing totally unexpected dimensions of warfare. Tomorrow Tripoli provides the most courageous and astonishing depiction of the revolution in Libya, as viewed from the battlefield.

2.Wake (Subic) (John Gianvito, 2015)
Part two of John Gianvito’s sprawling fresco of American imperialism’s devastating legacy in the Philippines.

3. Get All That, Ant? (Anthony Stern, 2015)
Painter, photographer, filmmaker, and glassblower Anthony Stern visits his own visual archives and offers a cinematic poem covering a decade of British counterculture.

4. Vertières I II III (Louise Botkay, 2014)
Following in the footsteps of Rudy Burckhardt and Maya Deren, the Brazilian filmmaker Louise Botkay has crafted a magnificent poem in Super 8 celebrating and singing Haiti.

5. Notfilm (Ross Lipman, 2015)
A deep, intense, and patient journey into Samuel Beckett’s Film of 1965, Notfilm is also a model of visual historical analysis.

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The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2015)

Adrian Martin
Film Critic, Comitee member desistfilm

Recent/New Films
(roughly in preferential order):
Mia madre (Nanni Moretti, 2015)
The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
L’Acccademia delle Muse  (José Luis Guerin, 2015)
Branco sai, petro fica (Adirley Queirós, 2014)
L’Ombre des femmes (Philippe Garrel, 2015)
The Smell of Us (Larry Clark, 2014)
La Sapienza (Eugène Green, 2014)
Scrapbook (Mike Hoolboom, 2015)
The Kindergarten Teacher (Navad Lapid, 2014)
Jauja (Lisandro Alonso, 2014)
Nuits blanches sur la jetée ( Paul Vecchiali, 2014)
The Other Side (Roberto Minervini, 2015)
Pasolini (Abel Ferrara, 2015)
No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman, 2015)
Phoenix (Christian Petzold, 2014)
White Bird in a Blizzard (Greg Araki, 2014)

Rediscovery/Restoration:
The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne (Borowczyk, 1981)

Cinephile Life (ongoing):
Viridiana (Luis Buñuel, 1961)
Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick, 1975)
The Big Combo (JH Lewis, 1955)

Worst New/Recent Films
(no order, all equally awful):
The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland, 2014)
Tale of Tales (Matteo Garrone, 2015)
Queen of Earth (Alex Ross Perry, 2015)
Face of an Angel (Michael Winterbottom, 2014)
Love (Gaspar Noé, 2015)

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The Many Colors of the Sky Radiate Forgetfulness (Basim Magdy, 2015)

The Many Colors of the Sky Radiate Forgetfulness (Basim Magdy, 2015)

 

Julian Ross
Film Critic- Netherlands, staff Desistfilm

Escape Scenes (Julia Feyrer, 2014)
The Many Colors of the Sky Radiate Forgetfulness (Basim Magdy, 2015)
moon blink (Rainer Kohlberger, 2015)
The Living Need Light, the Dead Need Music (The Propeller Group, 2014)
Sonoma (Sky David (formerly Dennis Pies), 1977)
Reign of Silence (Lukas Marxt, 2013)
People’s Park (Libbie D. Cohn & J.P. Sniadecki, 2012)
Five Year Diary Reels 22, 23 & 80 (Anne Charlotte Robertson, 1981-1997)
The Meaning of One Twenty-fourth of a Second (Choi Won-Young, 1969)
Sun Song (Joel Wanek, 2013)

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Sunset Song (Terence Davies, 2015)

Sunset Song (Terence Davies, 2015)

Tara Judah
Film Critic- Australia,  staff Desistfilm

1. Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015)
2. Sunset Song (Terence Davies, 2015)
3. The President (Mohsen Makhmalbaf, 2014)
4. Videofilia (Y Otros Síndromes Virales) ( Juan Daniel Molero, 2015)
5. The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015)
6. Evolution (Lucile Hadzihalilovic, 2015)
7. Dheepan (Jacques Audiard, 2015)
8. Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (Josephine Decker, 2014), ICO touring program at Watershed, Bristol, UK
9. Five Year DiarySelections (Anne Charlotte Robertson, 1980s-2000s), LUX presentation at BEEF, Bristol, UK
10. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne (Walerian Borowczyk, 1981), restored and remastered, presented by Adrian Martin and Cristina Alvarez Lopez in the Critics’ Choice program at IFFR, Netherlands.

Honourable mentions: The Tribe (Miroslav Slaboshpitsky, 2014), The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland, 2014), El Club (The Club, Pablo Larrain, 2015), The Falling (Carol Morley, 2014), Catch Me Daddy (Daniel Wolfe, 2014), Our Little Sister (Hirokazu Koreeda, 2015), Taxi (Jafar Panahi, 2015).

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Taxi (Jafar Panahi, 2015)

Taxi (Jafar Panahi, 2015)

Pablo Gamba
Film critic, collaborating writer of Desistfilm, Venezuela

1. No todo es vigilia (Hermes Paralluelo, 2014)
2. Branco sai, preto fica (Adirley Queirós, 2014)
3. O menino e o mundo (Alê Abreu, 2014)
4. Koza (Ivan Ostrochosvky, 2015).
5. Ming of Harlem (Phillip Warnell, 2014)
6. Kaili Blues (Gan Bi, 2015)
7. World of Tomorrow (Don Hertzfeldt, 2015)
8. Taxi (Jafar Panahi, 2015)
9. Transeúntes (Luis Aller, 2015)
10. Entrelazado (Riccardo Giacconi, 2015)

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Watercourse (Hanna Chetwin, 2015)

Watercourse (Hanna Chetwin, 2015)

 

Lauren Bliss
Film Critic, Australia, staff Desistfilm

In no particular order:

Watercourse (Hanna Chetwin, 2015)
Heart of a Dog (Laurie Anderson, 2015)
Olmo and the Seagull (Petra Costa, Lea Glob, 2015)
Let your light Shine (Jodie Mack, 2013, retrospective screening, 2015)
I wanna be blind (Naïmé Perrette, 2015)
Kill me please (Anita Rocha da Silveira 2015)
No home movie (Chantal Akerman, 2015)
Flapping in the middle of Nowhere (Hoang Diep Nguyen, 2015)
River of Grass (Kelly Reichardt, 1994, rereleased 2015)
Cannibal Mécanique (Victoria Keddie, installation, 2014-2015)

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Cosmos (Andrzej Zulawski, 2015)

José Sarmiento Hinojosa
Film critic, founder and ex-director of Desistfilm, Perú.

Masterpieces:
The Assasin (Hou Hsiao Hsien, 2015)
Cosmos (Andrzej Zulawski, 2015)
Inhererent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)
Samuray-s (Raul Perrone, 2015)
The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, 2015)

Exceptional:
Stinking Heaven (Nathan Silver, 2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
The Romantic Exiles (Jonás Trueba, 2015)
Field Niggas (Khalik Allah, 2015)
Hierba (Raul Perrone, 2015)
Maidan (Sergei Lonitza, 2014)
The Tribe (Miroslav Slaboshiptsky, 2014)

Outstanding:
No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman, 2015)
The Event (Sergei Lonitza, 2015)
La Sombra (Javier Olivera, 2015)
Rehearsals: Blood (Cocoon Central Dance Team, 2015)
Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (Ossama Mohammed, Wiam Simav Bedirxan, 2014)
Beyond Zero: 1914-1918 (Bill Morrison, David Harrington, 2014)
It Follows (David Robert Mitchell, 2014)
The Kindergarten Teacher (Navad Lapid, 2014)
Things (Ben Rivers, 2014)
Actress (Robert Greene, 2014)
Phoenix (Christian Petzold, 2014)
Hill of Freedom (Hong Sang-Soo, 2014)

Quite good:
Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhangke, 2015)
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prision of Belief (Alex Gibney, 2015)
Riot (Nathan Silver, 2015)
Rehearsals: And Eight (Cocoon Central Dance Team, 2015)
La Chambre bleue (Mathieu Amalric, 2014)
John Wick (Chad Stahelski, 2014)
Welcome to New York (Abel Ferrara, 2014)
The Golden Era (Ann Hui, 2014)
The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland, 2014)
Citizenfour (Laura Poitras, 2014)

Worth Mentioning:
Prison System 4614 (Jan Soldat, 2015)
The Sixth Season (Jan Soldat, 2015)
Battles (Isabelle Tolleanere, 2015)
Unfriended (Levan Gabriadze, 2015)
The Babadook (Jennifer Kent, 2014)
A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Ana Lily Amirpour, 2014)
Gone Girl (David Fincher, 2014)

Couldn’t get to watch (but would surely be on this list):

L’Acccademia delle Muse (Jose Luis Guerin, 2015)
Evolution (Lucile Hadzihalilovic, 2015)
The Smell of Us (Larry Clark, 2014)
Chevalier (Athina Rachel Tsangari, 2015)
Saul fia (Lazlo Nemes, 2015)
Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes, 2015)
L’Ombre des femmes (Philippe Garrel, 2015)
Cementery of Splendour (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2015)
Peace to Us in out Dreams (Sharunas Bartas, 2015)

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Anomalisa (Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman, 2015)

Anomalisa (Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman, 2015)

Tristan Pollack
Film critic, staff Desistfilm, USA

1. Heart of a Dog (Laurie Anderson, 2015)
2. Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2014)
3. In Jackson Heights  (Frederik Wiseman, 2015)
4. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2015)
5. Junun (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2015)
6. La Meraviglie (Alice Rohrwacher, 2014)
7. Phoenix (Christian Petzold, 2014)
8. Anomalisa (Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman, 2015)
9. La Sapienza (Eugène Green, 2014)
10. White God (Kornél Mundruczó, 2014)
11. Love & Mercy (Bill Pohlad, 2015)
12. Goodnight Mommy (Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, 2014)
13. The Tribe (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, 2014)
14. Saul fia (Lazlo Nemes, 2015)
15. Tangerine (Sean Baker, 2015)
16. Taken by Storm (Roddy Bogawa, 2011)
17. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
18. Hitchcock/Truffaut (Kent Jones, 2015)
19. What Happened, Miss Simone? (Liz Garbus, 2015)
20. The Revenant (Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu, 2015)
21. Mediterranea (Jonas Carpignano, 2015)

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L’Acccademia delle Muse (José Luis Guerin, 2015)

L’Acccademia delle Muse (José Luis Guerin, 2015)

Nicolás Carrasco
Film Critic- Perú, staff Desistfilm

Branco sai, petro fica (Adirley Queiros, 2014)
Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)
Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sang-soo, 2015)
The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2014)
Taxi (Jafar Panahi, 2015)
L’omme des femmes (Philippe Garrel, 2015)
La jalousie (Philippe Garrel, 2013)
Chant d’hiver (Otra Iosseliani, 2015)
Homeland: Iraq Year Zero (Abbas Fahdel, 2015)
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Roy Andersson, 2014)
When I Will Be Dictator (Yaël André, 2014)
Cavalo Dinheiro (Pedro Costa, 2014)
It Follows (David Robert Mitchell, 2014)
Field Niggas (Khalik Allah, 2015)
Ex Machina (Alex Garland, 2015)
La isla mínima (Alberto Rodríguez, 2014)
L’Acccademia delle Muse (José Luis Guerin, 2015)
The Sixth Season (Jan Soldat, 2015)
Prison System 4614 (Jan Soldat, 2015)
Une jeunesse allemande (Jean-Gabriel Periot, 2015)
Chromatic Aberration (Aura Satz, 2014)
88:88 (Isiah Medina, 2015)
Stinking Heaven (Nathan Silver, 2015)
Phoenix (Christian Petzold, 2014)
Memoria Oculta (Eva Villaseñor, 2014)
Te prometo anarquía (Julio Hernández Cordón, 2015)
El perro Molina (José Celestino Campusano, 2014)
The Kindergarten Teacher (Nadav Lapid, 2014)
Two Days, One Night (Jean-Pierre y Luc Dardenne, 2014)
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Isao Takahata, 2013)

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Machine gun or Typewriter (Travis Wilkerson, 2015)

Machine gun or Typewriter (Travis Wilkerson, 2015)

Mónica Delgado
Managing editor Desistfilm, Peru

Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) (Abbas Fahdel, 2015)
The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson, 2015)
The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2015)
Cosmos (Andrzej Zulawski, 2015)
As mil e uma noites (Miguel Gomes, 2015)
The Exquisite Corpus (Peter Tscherkassky, 2015)
Machine gun or Typewriter (Travis Wilkerson, 2015)
Une jeunesse allemande (Jean-Gabriel Périot, 2015)
Samuray-S (Raúl Perrone, 2015)
Hierba (Raúl Perrone, 2015)
La Academia de las Musas (José Luis Guerin, 2015)
No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman, 2015)
Field Niggas (Khalik Allah, 2015)
Kaili Blues (Gan Bi, 2015)
Cemetery of Splendour (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2015)
Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015)
The Other Side (Roberto Minervini, 2015)
Zvizdan (Dalibor Matanic, 2015)
Saul Fia (László Nemes, 2015)
Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sang-soo, 2015)
Las Letras (Pablo Chavarría, 2015)
La Terre Penche (Christelle Lheureux, 2015)
Sangue de mio Sangue (Marco Bellocchio, 2015)
Peace to Us in Our Dreams (Sharunas Bartas, 2015)
Noite sem distancia (Lois Patiño, 2015)
La sombra (Javier Olivera, 2015)
Psalm (Nicolas Boone, 2015)
Los exiliados románticos (Jonas Trueba, 2015)

Bonus: Visita ou Memórias e Confissões (Manoel de Oliveira, 1993)

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Kaili Blues (Gan Bi, 2015)

Kaili Blues (Gan Bi, 2015)

Giorgio Lázaro
Film critic, collaborating writer of Desistfilm, Perú.

La siguiente es una lista de lo mejor que vi este año incluyendo películas del año anterior que recién tuve la oportunidad de ver y merecen estar presentes. He intentado en lo posible ordenarlas según lo que recuerdo de ellas cuando las vi, sé que en algunos casos las diferencias son tan pequeñas que bien podrían estar diez posiciones más arriba o abajo, pero aun así me parecía valioso intentar organizarlas bajo mi criterio. Me parece que son tantos los buenos filmes que he encontrado este año que me ha sido difícil recortar más la lista, por lo que confío en que los treinta títulos presentes poseen cuando menos algunas cualidades significativas que vale la pena apreciar. Sin embargo, son cinco los títulos que me han maravillado de una manera especial, por ser pruebas contundentes, no solo de la maestría capaz de alcanzar en la construcción de una película, sino también de la satisfacción, a veces indescriptible, que una fina obra de arte puede ofrecer si uno es capaz de intentar adentrarse en ella para entenderla y descifrarla como tal.

1. Right Now, Wrong Then (Hong Sang-soo, 2015)
2. Kaili Blues (Gan Bi, 2015)
3. The Assassin (Hsiao-Hsien Hou, 2015)
4. Cemetery of Splendour (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2015)
5. Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes, 2015)

6. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Roy Andersson, 2014)
7. Cavalo Dinheiro (Pedro Costa, 2014)
8. Sangue del mio sangue (Marco Bellochio, 2015)
9. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)
10. João Bénard da Costa – Outros amarão as coisas que eu amei (Manuel Mozos, 2014)
11. Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) (Abbas Fahdel, 2015)
12. Motu Maeva (Maureen Fazendeiro, 2014)
13. Samuray-S (Raúl Perrone, 2015)
14. Office (Johnnie To, 2015)
15. Heart of a Dog (Laurie Anderson, 2015)
16. Poet on a business trip (Ju Anqi, 2015)
17. Tangerine (Sean Baker, 2015)
18. O futebol (Sergio Oksman, 2015)
19. Tag (Sion Sono, 2015)
20. Under Electric Clouds (Aleksei German Jr., 2015)
21. Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhang Ke, 2015)
22. Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015)
23. It Follows (David Robert Mitchell, 2014)
24. Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (Wiam Bedirxan y Ossama Mohammed, 2014)
25. El movimiento (Benjamín Naishtat, 2015)
26. Corn Island (George Ovashvili, 2014)
27. El rastreador de estatuas (Jerónimo Rodríguez, 2015)
28. Cuerpo de letra (Julian D’Angiolillo, 2015)
29. Sueñan los androides (Ion de Sosa, 2014)
30. Sunset Song (Terence Davies, 2015)

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Prelude (Dorsky, 2015)

Prelude (Dorsky, 2015)

Zach Lewis
Film critic, collaborating writer of Desistfilm, EEUU.

10. Prelude (Nathaniel Dorsky, 2015)
9. Day of the Outlaw (André de Toth, 1959)
8. Salt for Svanetia (Mikhail Kalatozov, 1930)
7. Minotaur (Nicolás Pereda, 2015)
6. The Fourth Dimension (T. Minh-ha Trinh, 2001)
5. ‘Rameau’s Nephew’ by Diderot (Thanx to Dennis Young) by Wilma Schoen (Snow, 1974)
4. Hard to Be a God (Aleksei German, 2015)
3. Mes petites amoureuses (Jean Eustache, 1974)
2. casting a glance (James Benning, 2007)
1. Doomed Love (Manoel de Oliveira, 1979)

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Noite sem distância (Lois Patiño, 2015)

 

Rebecca Naughten
Film critic, United Kingdom, collaborating writer of Desistfilm.

Mi top 10 del año (visto en diversos formatos y lugares):
1. Risttuules / In the Crosswind (Martti Helde, 2014)
2. Transatlantique (Félix Dufour-Laperrière, 2014)
3. Crumbs (Miguel Llansó, 2015)
4. Queen of Earth (Alex Ross Perry, 2015)
5. Macario (Roberto Galvadón) [a retrospective screening at EIFF]
6. Slow West (John Maclean, 2015)
7. The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland, 2014)
8. Hand Gestures (Francesco Clerici, 2014)
9. National Gallery (Frederick Wiseman, 2014)
10. Life May Be (dir. Mark Cousins and Mania Akbari)

Bonus – mis favoritos cortometrajes visto este año son:
1. Noite sem distância (Lois Patiño, 2015)
2. World of Tomorrow (Don Hertzfeldt, 2015)
3. Hacked Circuit (Deborah Stratman, 2014)
4. Branka (Mikel Zatarain, 2013)
5. Cuenta con nosotros (Pablo Vara, 2015)
6. Scrapbook (Mike Hoolboom, 2015)
7. Sin Dios ni Santa María (Samuel M. Delgado and Helena Girón, 2015)
8. Becoming Anita Ekberg (Mark Rappaport, 2014)

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Samuray-S de Raúl Perrone, 2015

Raúl Camargo
Director FIC Valdivia, Chile

1-. As 1001 Noites (Arabian Nights) ( Miguel Gomes, 2015)
2-. Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) (Abbas Fahdel, 2015)
3-. Motu Maeva  (Maureen Fazendeiro, 2014)
4-. Beyond Zero: 1914-1918 (Bill Morrison, 2015)
5-. Samuray-S de Raúl Perrone
6-. World of Tomorrow (Don Hertzfeldt, 2015)
7-. Nueva Vida (Kiro Russo, 2015)
8-. Sangue del Mio Sangue (Marco Bellocchio, 2015)
9-. Eco ( Xacio Baño, 2015)
10-. Primavera (Joaquín Tapia, 2015)

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James Lattimer
Programmer BerlinaleForum, film writer, Germany

Whenever you think about the best films of the year, the focus always seems to be on the new, on all the things you only could ever have seen in that year. But it’s never that clear-cut, the richest cinema experiences so often stem from films you’ve always wanted to see but never managed to, the films you seek out or stumble across in some retrospective or a festival, watch on the sofa at home, or have shown to you by someone whose taste matters. When I look back at 2015, I’ll think just as much of seeing these ten films as of seeing any of those that have emerged over the last 12 months. If following the new is wonderful but exhausting, this is my respite.

1_Na objedu

Na objedu (Vefik Hadžismajlović,1972)

India Mathi Bhumi (Roberto Rossellini, 1959)

2_To Sleep With Anger

To Sleep With Anger (Charles Burnett, 1990)

My Cat, My Garden, 9/11 (Anne Charlotte Robertson, 2001)

3_Le Havre

Le Havre (Aki Kaurismäki, 2011)

A Time to Love and a Time to Die (Douglas Sirk, 1958)

4_Silvia Prieto

Silvia Prieto (Martin Reijtman, 1999)

Joe Bullet (Louis de Witt,1973)

5_Il pianeta azzuro

Il pianeta azzurro  (Franco Piavoli,1982)

All Divided Selves (Luke Fowler, 2011)

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Bella e perduta (Pietro Marcello, 2015)

Bella e perduta (Pietro Marcello, 2015)

Carlos Rentería
Programmer Lima Independiente, Peru

Viajé poco, y no pude acceder a todo lo que quise ver. Ratifico en esta lista, que solo considera estrenos del 2015, una feliz invisibilización de cierto pragmatismo clásico, que parece no limitarse a lo genérico, o lo ambivalente entre la ficción/documental, y que, por ejemplo, en la feroz y lúdica propuesta de Gomes, suma a postulados de un sano debate moral sobre el cómo y qué contar en un contexto histórico doliente. No están un par de “cantadas”; explico lo de Sang-soo: ya lo había visto. Unas tres veces.

Cemetery of Splendour (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2015)
The Assassin (Hou Hsiao Hsien, 2015)
As Mil e Uma Noites (Miguel Gomes, 2015)
Bella e perduta (Pietro Marcello, 2015)
Counting (Jem Cohen, 2015)
Sangue del mio sangue (Marco Bellocchio, 2015)
In Jackson Heights (Frederick Wiseman, 2015)
Une Jeunesse Allemande (Jean-Gabriel Périot, 2015)
Chant D’Hiver (Otar Iosseliani, 2015)
Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015)
Yapa: Mad Max Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
Segunda Yapa: TAG (Sion Sono, 2015)
Un “corto”: The Exquisite Corpus (Peter Tscherkassky, 2015)
La argentina: La familia chechena (Martín Sola, 2015)
La peruana: Videofilia (y otros sindromes virales) (Juan Daniel F. Molero, 2015)

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The Liquid Casket/Wilderness Of Mirrors (Paul Clipson, 2015)

The Liquid Casket/Wilderness Of Mirrors (Paul Clipson, 2015)

Ángel Rueda
Director S8 Mostra de Cinema Periférico, Spain

Esta selección no guarda ningún tipo de orden ni jerarquía , sólo pretende remarcar esos momentos único, vividos durante el 2015 alrededor de uno o varios proyectores de cine y en la oscuridad de una sala de proyección.

La lista incluye películas, programas y ciclos, indistintamente.

Bruce McClure (USA). Film Performance. Restrospective.
IFFR (International Film Festival Rotterdam – Holanda) 2015
Realizado por Edwin Carels.
8 Film Performances , 1 Instalación “Courting Daylight in Saving Darkness”, 1 edición limitada de textos manuscritos especialmente por Bruce McClure para cada una de las film performances.
Todas las film performances fueron realizadas con multiproyección en Super 8 y 16mm.

https://iffr.com/en/professionals/2015/programme-sections/signals-bruce-mcclure

•OBR#1. Roto-Optics (1994-98), How Tall Is A Man Whose Face is Thirteen Feet Wide (2004) y Nethergate (2005)
•OBR#2 Red Marker Squish (1996), Dithercumber (1998), Jejeune Nouvelle Vague (1999) y Indeterminate Focus (1999)
•OBR#3 Roto-Optics (1994-98), Cremator (2001), Presepe (2003) y Chiodo (2003).
•OBR#4 The Southern Star Passes Without Pressure (1998) y Divorce American Style (1999).
•OBR#5 Roto-Optics (1994-98), Flies Leisurely over the Sea (2008), Insecure of Footing Their Beaks Are Too Soft To Inflict a Wound (2009) y Through Some Trick of Nature It Appears (2010).
•OBR#6 Eccentric Circles (1978), 3 Frame Manifesto (2000), Epater les badaud (2000) y Cong in Our Gregational Pompoms (2009).
•OBR#7 Roto-Optics (1994-98), Tastfully Taut Against The Germanium Satin (2013) y Lapses Fitted, Throttled But Not Leashed (2014).
•OBR#8 Consists of Sections Through a Cone Taken Down (2001), You Know My Methods (2003) y Ventriloquent Agitators (2010).

Ken Jacobs (USA). Nervous Magic Lantern performances
(S8) 6ª Mostra Internacional de Cinema Periférico de A Coruña (Spain)

http://www.s8cinema.com/portal/programacion/desbordamento/ken-jacobs/

Time Squared
New Paintings by Ken Jacobs (World Premiere)

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Foco Fiction/Déviation
17ª Festival des Cinémas Différents et Expérimentaux de Paris que dirige Frederic Tachou.

http://www.cjcinema.org/pages/festival_edition.php

Especialmente los programas:
Nº2 Du Nécroréalisme. Vepry Suicida (Yevgeny Yufit, URSS 1988), Pryamokhozdhenie (Yevgeny Yufit, Rusia 2005) realizado por Frederic Tachou.
•Nº9 Interferencias: Visions Métaphoriques de L´america Latine. Traum (Horacio Coppola & Walter Auerbach, Argentina 1933), Esta pared no es medianera (Fernando de Szyszlo, Perú 1952), Magueyes (Rubén Gámez, México 1962), Chapucerías (Enrique Colina, Cuba 1987), Agarrando pueblo (Los vampiros de la miseria) (Luís Ospina y Carlos Mayolo, Colombia 1978), La Fórmula Secreta (Rubén Gámez, Mexico 1965). Realizado por Angelica Cuevas Portillo.
•Nº10 Underground Bruxellois. Tu Peux Crever (Philippe Simon, Belgique, 1970), La Tête Froide (Patrick Hella, Belgique, 1969), Les Souffrances D’un Oeuf Meurtri (Roland Lethem, Belgique, 1967), Prout Prout Tralala (Noël Godin, Belgique, 1974), Potemkine 3 (Jean-Marie Buchet, Belgique, 1974), Les Aventures De Bernadette Soubirou (David McNeil, Belgique, 1973). Realizado por Théo Deliyannis.

Between The Frames. Japanese Experimental Film: Prolific Years 1975-1980.
Diffraktion 2015. LaborBerlín. Berlín (Alemania) realizado por Koyo Yamashita.

http://www.laborberlin-film.org/diffraktion-2015/

Todos los films en 16mm.
Atman de Toshio Matsumoto
My Movie Melodies de Jun’ichi Okuyama
Dutchman’s Photograph de Isao Kota
Switchback de Nobuhiro Kawanaka
Film Display de Shunzo Seo
Heliograph de Hiroshi Yamazaki
WHY de Keiichi Tanaami
Hikari de Nobuhiro Aihara
Still Movie de Yoichi Nagata
Xénogénès de Akihiko Morishita
SPACY de Takashi Ito

Desencuadres: Stan Brakhage.
CGAI (Filmoteca de Galicia – España)

http://www.cgai.org

Completa retrospectiva que durante más de una año se lleva realizando en la Filmoteca de Galicia y que repasa la obra completa en formato original de Stan Brakhage.
Realizado por Jaime Pena.

Films

Prelude (Nathaniel Dorsky, 2015) 16mm
Brouillard – Passage #14 (Alexandre Larose, Canada)
The Exquisite Corpus (Peter Tscherkassky, 2015)
The Liquid Casket/Wilderness Of Mirrors (Paul Clipson, 2015)
Five Year Diary Reels 22, 23 & 80 (Anne Charlotte Robertson, 2014)
Becoming Anita Ekberg (Mark Rappaport, 2015)
Park Lanes (Kevin Jerome Everson, 2015)
On Ira á Neuilly Inch´allah (Mehdi Ahoudig & Anna Sakberg, 2015) 16mm.
Rond Est Le Monde (Olivier Dekegel, 2014)
Cemetery of Splendour (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2015)
The Dent (Basim Magdy, 2014) Super 16mm film transferred to HD video
Môr (Marcos Bertoni, 2014) Super 8
Bionte (Lucia Vilela, 2015) Super 8
Sound Of A Million Insects, Light Of A Thousand Stars (Tomonari Nishikawa, Japón 2014)
La mano que trina (María Cañas, 2015)
Sacris Pulso (Ana Vaz, 2008) 16mm/8mm transferido a video.
M (Madeira) (Jaques Perconte, 2014)
Sin Dios Ni Santa María (Helena Girón Vázquez y Samuel M. Delgado, 2015) 16mm film transferred to HD video

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Love & Peace (Sion Sono, 2015)

Jaime Grijalba
Film critic, Chile

1. As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 1, O Inquieto (Miguel Gomes, 2015)
2. As Mil e Uma Noites: Volume 2, O Desolado (Miguel Gomes, 2015)
3. El botón de nácar ( Patricio Guzmán, 2015)
4. The Assassin (2015, Hou Hsiao Hsien)
5. Love & Peace (Sion Sono, 2015)
6. World of Tomorrow (Don Hertzfeldt, 2015)
7. Tag (Sion Sono, 2015)
8. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
9. Chappie (Neill Blomkamp, 2015)
10. The Martian (Ridley Scott, 2015)

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Hunter (Scott Barley, 2015)

Hunter (Scott Barley, 2015)

Sebastian Wiedemann
Editor Hambre | espacio cine experimental, Brasil

Seria imposible para mi hablar solo de películas, quizás solo pueda hacer una lista en terminos de las experiencias cinematográficas que marcaron mi 2015, incluyendo visionados de films, mas también realización de cortometrajes y curaduría de muestras. Como ya lo he hecho en el 2014, hablo aquí de los gestos que me acompañaron durante este año en la voluntad por hacerme a una vida cinematográfica, donde hacer, escribir y ver cine se confunden y complementan.

Films que insistieron en mi retina:
-The Great Flood  (Bill Morrison, 2012)
-Adieu au langage (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014)
-Hunter (Scott Barley, 2015)
-Natpwe, the feast of the spirits (Tiane Doan Na Champassak & Jean Dubrel, 2012)
-Where to sit at the dinner table? (Pedro Neves Marques, 2013)
-prendas – ngangas – enquisos – machines (Elke Marhöfer, 2014)
-PSYCHOHYDROGRAPHY ( Peter Bo Rappmund, 2010)

Film que hubiera querido ver aun en el 2015:
-The Exquisite Corpus (Peter Tscherkassky, 2015)

Retrospectivas memorables:
-Raymonde Carasco (FICUNAM, 2015)
-Rose Lowder (Cinemateca MAM – Rio de Janeiro, 2015)

Experiencia expositiva de cine expandido necesaria de ver:
-EXIT – Virilio, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Hansen, Kurgan, Rubin, Pietrusko, Smith – 2008-2015 (Fondation Cartier/Palais de Tokyo 2015 en el contexto de la Cop21).

Experiencias memorables como curador en DOBRA Festival de cine experimental 2015:
-Cartografia tropical: cine experimental en America Latina
-Cinema de cocina: Cao Guimarães en Super8
-Retrospectiva Antoni Pinent

Experiencias realizando films que ocuparon gran parte de mi 2015 y me dieron gran satisfacción:
-Ondas (9min40/ 35mm to HD/ film hecho a mano, Brasil-Colombia)
-(a)mares e ri(s)os infinitos (14min/ HD /en co-dirección con Susana Oliveira Dias, Brasil-Colombia).

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Cinzas e Brasas (Manuel Mozos, 2015)

Cinzas e Brasas (Manuel Mozos, 2015)

Ricardo Bedoya
Film critic, Peru

Últimas Conversas (Eduardo Coutinho, 2015)
Sangue del mio sangue (Marco Bellocchio, 2015)
Cavalo Dinheiro (Pedro Costa, 2014)
Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller, 2014)
Bella e perduta (Pietro Marcello, 2015)
Chevalier (Athina Rachel Tsangari, 2015)
The Visit (M. Night Shyamalan, 2015)
No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman, 2015)
Cinzas e Brasas (Manuel Mozos, 2015)
The Forbidden Room (Evan Johnson, Guy Maddin, 2015)
American Sniper (Clint Eastwood, 2014)
Branco sai, preto fica (Adirley Queiros, 2014)
Homeland: Iraq Year Zero (Abbas Fahdel, 2015)
Sobre las brasas (Mary Jiménez y Bénédicte Liénard, 2015)
Invierno (Alberto Fuguet, 2015)
Belluscone. Una storia siciliana (Franco Maresco, 2015)
The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2015)
Mia madre (Nanni Moretti, 2015)
Phoenix (Christian Petzold, 2014)
As Mil e Uma Noites  (Solo el volumen. I – O Inquieto) (Miguel Gomes, 2015)
Über die Jahre (Nikolaus Geyrhalter, 2015)
Under Electric Clouds (Aleksej German Jr., 2015)
Viaggio nella dopo-storia (Vincent Dieutre, 2015)

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Cemetery of splendour (Apichaptong Weerasethakul, 2015)

Cemetery of splendour (Apichaptong Weerasethakul, 2015)

Iván Pinto
Film critic, Chile

1.- Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)
2.- Hard to be a god (Aleksei German, 2014)
3.- Cemetery of splendour (Apichaptong Weerasethakul, 2015)
4.- Une jeunesse allemande (Jean Gabriel Periot, 2015)
5.- Homeland (Irak Year Zero) (Abbas Fahdel, 2015)
6.- Kaili Blues  (Bi Gan, 2015)
7.- Tiempos Malos (Cristián Sánchez, 2008).
8.- Surire (Bettina Perut, Iván Osnovikoff, 2015)
9.- Mad Max: fury road (George Miller, 2015)
10.- Phoenix (Christian Petzold, 2014)
11.- La sombra (Javier Olivera, 2015)
12.- Ptit Quinquin (Bruno Dumont, 2014)
13.- Crónica de un comité (José Luis Sepulveda y Carolina Adriazola, 2014)

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No home movie (Chantal Akerman)

No home movie (Chantal Akerman)

Cristina Álvarez López
Film critic, Spain

  1. The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Miss Osbourne (Walerian Borowczyk, 1981)
  2. The Smell of Us (Larry Clark, 2014)
  3. Nuits blanches sur la jetée (Paul Vecchiali, 2014)
  4. Faux accords (Paul Vecchiali, 2014)
  5. No home movie (Chantal Akerman, 2015)
  6. L’ombre des femmes (Philippe Garrel, 2015)
  7. Mia madre (Nanni Moretti, 2015)
  8. Branco sai, preto fica (Aderley Queirós, 2014)
  9. L’Acccademia delle Muse (José Luis Guerin, 2015)
  10. Phoenix (Christian Petzold, 2014)

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Balikbayan: Memories of Overdevelopment #1 (Kidlat Tahimik, 2015)

Balikbayan: Memories of Overdevelopment #1 (Kidlat Tahimik, 2015)

Victor Guimarães
Film critic (Cinética) and programmer (Forumdoc.bh/Cineclube Comum) – Brazil

Best films of the year:
Homeland: Iraq Year Zero (Abbas Fahdel , 2015)

The Visit (M. Night Shyamalan, 2015)
Cemetery of splendour (Apichaptong Weerasethakul, 2015)
Balikbayan: Memories of Overdevelopment #1 (Kidlat Tahimik, 2015)
Sem Título #1: Dance of Leitfossil + Sem Título #2: La Mer Larme, (Carlos Adriano, 2014)
Wayward Fronds (Fern Silva, 2014)
Home (Rafat Alzakout, 2015)
João Bénard da Costa: outros amarão as coisas que eu amei (Manuel Mozos, 2014)
Teobaldo Morto, Romeu Exilado (Rodrigo de Oliveira, 2015)

Best retrospectives I had the chance to attend:
Cinema Estrutural (Caixa Cultural/Rio de Janeiro), curated by Patrícia Mourão and Theo Duarte.
O mundo de Kira Muratova (Indie Festival/Belo Horizonte), curated by Aaron Cutler.
O universo infernal da Paraísos Artificiais (FestCurtasBH/Belo Horizonte), curated b y Francis Vogner dos Reis.

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Right Now, Wrong Then (Sang-soo Hong, 2015)

Right Now, Wrong Then (Sang-soo Hong, 2015)

Geraldine Salles Kobilanski
Film critic, Argentina

“Y al final bajó hacia la guerra… perdón, quise decir a la Tierra”. Canción del elegido, 1975, Silvio Rodríguez.

Las imágenes del mundo en constante destrucción devuelven una mirada ciega, tuerta, aterrada y desconfiada sobre él. ¿Sólo nos resta contemplar la actualización constante de la idea benjaminiana de la estetización de lo político? ¿Qué hacer con un mundo que se cae a pedazos, en donde no parece haber lugar para el amor?
Las imágenes del cine, conscientes de tanta atrocidad humana, dan cuenta de las formas culturales que adopta. Pero también dan cuenta de la voluntad amorosa del ser humano por la vida. Aquí sugiero un recorrido anual contundente entre ambos extremos. Los grises los marcamos con nuestros pasos. Feliz 2016.

Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2014)
Homeland (Irak Year Zero) (Abbas Fahdel, 2015)
Syria Self-portrait, Silvered Water (Wiam Bedirxan y Ossama Mohammed, 2015)
Muerte Blanca (Roberto Collío, 2015)
Scanners (David Cronenberg, 1981)
A vizinhança do Tigre (Affonso Uchoa, 2014)
Right Now, Wrong Then (Sang-soo Hong, 2015)
No todo es vigilia (Hermes Paralluelo, 2015)
Los diarios de FF (Diario de un corto + Días de lluvia, 2015), de Flavia de la Fuente
The Tale of Princess Kaguya (Isao Takahata, 2013)

De yapa:

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Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes, 2015)

Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes, 2015)

Wiwat Lertwiwatwongsa
Film Critic, Thailand

1. Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes, 2015)
2.Taxi Teheran (Jafar Panahi,2015)
3.The Assassin (Hou Hsiao Hsien, 2015)
4.From What Is Before (Lav Diaz, 2015)
5.Amour Fou (Jessica Hausner, 2015)
6.The Wage of Resistance : Narita Stories (OtsuKoshiro + Daishima Haruhiko, 2014)
7.Snap (Kongdej Jaturunrassmee, 2015)
8.How To Disappear Completely (Raya Martin, 2014)
9. The Look of Silence (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2014)
10. The Blue Hour (Anucha Boonyawatana,2015)
11.Phoenix (Christian Petzold, 2014)
12.For The Lost (Pierre -Yves Vanderweerd,2014)
13.Mad Max : Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)

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Sangue del mio sangue (M. Bellocchio)

Sangue del mio sangue (M. Bellocchio)

Isaac León Frías
Film Critic, Perú

Lo mejor del año en muestras y festivales vistos en Lima (sólo películas recientes):

Sangue del mio sangue (Marco Bellocchio, 2015)
Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2014)
P’tit Quinquin (Bruno Dumont, 2014)
Cavalo dinheiro (Pedro Costa, 2014)
The Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas, 2014)

Mis mejores estrenos comerciales del año:

Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
Foxcatcher (Bennet Miller, 2015)
American Sniper (Clint Eastwood, 2014)
Nymphomaniac: Vol. I (Lars von Trier, 2014)
She’s Funny That Way (Peter Bogdanovich, 2014)

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88:88 (Isiah Medina, 2015)

88:88 (Isiah Medina, 2015)

Griselda Soriano
Film critic, Argentina

En orden alfabético:
88:88 (Isiah Medina, 2015)
Cemetery of splendour (Apichaptong Weerasethakul, 2015)
Cuerpo de letra (Julián D’Angiolillo, 2015)
It Follows (David Robert Mitchell, 2014)
João Bénard da Costa: Outros amarão as coisas que eu amei (Manuel Mozos, 2014)
La academia de las musas (José Luis Guerín, 2015)
Letters to Max (Eric Baudelaire, 2014)
Love & Peace (Sion Sono, 2015)
Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhangke, 2015)
O Futebol (Sergio Oksman, 2015)
Office (Johnnie To, 2015)
Poet on a Business Trip (Anqi Ju, 2015)
The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2015)
The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin y Evan Johnson, 2015)
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Isao Takahata, 2013)
La cantidad (15) y la selección son bastante arbitrarias. Pero estas películas tienen en común algo importante, para mí: todas fueron vistas en el cine.
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La Nuit et l'enfant (David Yon, 2015)

La Nuit et l’enfant (David Yon, 2015)

Daisuke Akasaka
Film critic, Japan

La Nuit et l’enfant (David Yon, 2015)
Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes, 2015)
La Princesa de Francia (Matias Piñeiro, 2014)
Osawa Okuryoke Bessho Seicha Kojo (Tea factory) Okuryo-ke osawa fuyu (Winter) (Teiichi Hori, 2015)
Happy Hour (Ryusuke Hamaguchi, 2015)
Synchronizer (Kunitoshi Manda, 2015)
L’aquarium et la nation (Jean-Marie Straub, 2015).
Das rotte zimmer (Rudolf Thome, 2010)
Todos vós sodes capitáns (Oliver Laxe, 2010)
Mes séances de lutte (Jacques Doillon, 2013)
O Velho do restelo (Manoel de Oliveira, 2014)

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Tangerine (Sean Baker, 2015)

Tangerine (Sean Baker, 2015)

Juan Carlos Lemus
Film Critic, Colombia

Ante la tarea, siempre incómoda y aun más atrevida, de hacer un listado de las películas vistas en el 2015, me ningún orden o pretensión sino más bien por como me fueron llegando a la cabeza. Así salió:

Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015) porque el miedo que tenía era infundado.
It Follows (David Robert Mitchell, 2014) por la crítica propuesta a la moral dominante.
Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson) Porque el humor siempre es una cosa seria.
Youth (Paolo Sorrentino, 2015) Por es como los mensajes de un par de enamorados.
El Club (Pablo Larraín, 2015) Porque los colores nos dejan ver que hay cine más allá de la pornomiseria.
Mustang (Deniz Gamze Erguven, 2015) Por denunciar con altura y hasta altivez
Taxi Teheran (Jafar Panahi, 2015) Porque no hay un aparato para controlar los sueños
Cemetery of Splendour (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2015) Por restaurar el valor del neón
The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2015) Porque hay formas de usar las espadas. Sí, las espadas.
Tangerine (Sean Baker, 2015) Porque siempre es mejor con tacones altos.

Colofón
Para pagar la deuda con el año pasado, The Tribe (Miroslav Slaboshpitsky)
Para aportar con la cuota comercial: The man from U.N.K.L.E. (Guy Ritchie)
La de siempre: 2001 Odisea en el Espacio
La clásica: Vertigo
La inolvidable: Blade Runner

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Te prometo anarquía (Julio Hernández Cordón, 2015)

Te prometo anarquía (Julio Hernández Cordón, 2015)

Enrique Vidal
Film critic, Peru

Mejores 20 vistas en festivales y circuitos alternativos (sin orden de preferencia):

Sangre de mi sangre (Marco Bellocchio, 2015)
Taxi (Jafar Panahi, 2015)
Te prometo anarquía (Julio Hernández Cordón, 2015)
Cementery of Splendour (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2015)
Mia Madre (Nanni Moretti, 2015)
El incendio (Juan Schnitman, 2015)
The Forbidden Room (Evan Johnson, Guy Maddin, 2015)
Deux jours, une nuit  (Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, 2014)
Timbuktú (Abderraman Sissako, 2014)
The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2015)
Ixcanul (Jayro Bustamente, 2015)
Cavalo dinheiro (Pedro Costa, 2014)
No home movie (Chantal Akerman, 2015)
El Perro Molina (José Celestino Campusano, 2014)
Sangre de mi sangre (Marco Bellocchio, 2015)
La academia de las musas (José Luis Guerín, 2015)
El abrazo de la serpiente (Ciro Guerra, 2015)
Aurora (Rodrigo Sepúlveda, 2014)
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (Roy Andersson, 2014)
Mountains May depart (Jia Zhangke, 2015)

Mejores 15 vistas en cartelera peruana (sin orden de preferencia):
American Sniper (Clint Eastwood, 2014)
Foxcatcher (Bennet Miller, 2014)
Babadook (Jennifer Kent, 2014)
Black Mass (Scott Cooper, 2015)
Whiplash (Damiel Chazelle, 2014)
Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)
Nymphomaniac Vol. 1 (Lars von Trier, 2014)
Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (Christopher McQuarrie, 2015)
She’s Funny that Way (Peter Bogdanovich, 2014)
The Martian (Ridley Scott, 2015)
It Follows (David Robert Mitchell, 2015)
Inside Out (Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen, 2015)
Bridge of Spies (Steven Spielberg, 2015)
Steve Jobs (Danny Boyle, 2015)

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Shots from "Mia Madre"

Mia Madre (Nanni Moretti, Italia)

José Luis Ridout

Filmmaker and programmer- Peru

Mia Madre (Nanni Moretti, 2015)
Dheepan (Jacques Audiard, 2015)
Amy (Asif Kapadia, 2015)
Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015)
Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
Listen to Me Marlon (Stevan Riley, 2015)
Beasts of No Nation (Cary Joji Fukunawa, USA)
Truman (Cesc Gay, 2015)
What Happened, Miss Simone (Liz Garbus, 2015)
L’Ombre des Femmes (Philippe Garrel, 2015)
The Martian (Ridley Scott, 2015)
The Revenant (Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu, 2015)
La obra del siglo (Carlos Quintela, 2015)
Boi Neon (Gabriel Mascaro, 2015)
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, 2015)
Pervert Park (Lasse Barkfors, Frida Barkfors, 2015)
La loi du marché (Stéphane Brizé, 2015)
A Copy of My Mind (Joko Anwar, 2015)
Trois Souvenirs de ma Jeunesse (Arnaud Desplechin, 2015)
Land of Mine (Martin Zandvliet, 2015)
Sleeping Giant (Andrew Cividino, 2015)
Saul Fia (Laszlo Nemes, 2015)
Mountains May Depart (Jia Zhang-Ke,  2015)
Sicario (Denis Villeneuve, 2015)
Mustang (Deniz Gamze Erguven, 2015a)
Bridge of Spies (Steven Spielberg, 2015)
The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2015)
Rosa Chumbe (Jonatan Relayze Chiang, 2015)
Últimas conversas (Eduardo Coutinho, Joao Moreira Salles, 2015)
Straight Outta Compton (F. Gary Gray, 2015)
La calle de la amargura (Arturo Ripstein, 2015)
Un Plus Une ( Claude Lelouch, 2015)
Taklub (Brillante Mendoza, 2015)
Youth (Paolo Sorrentino, 2015)
El Clan (Pablo Trapero, 2015)
The Wave (Roar Uthaug, 2015)
Love (Gaspar Noé, 2015)
Love & Mercy (Bill Pohlad, 2015)
The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015)
Carmin Tropical (Rigoberto Perezcano, 2015)
Chronic (Michel Franco, 2015)
Missing People (David Shapiro, 2015)
Room (Lenny Abrahamson, 2015)
Rabin, The Last Day (Amos Gitai, 2015)
Trumbo (Jay Roach, 2015)
Francofonia (Alexander Sokurov, 2015)
Mi gran noche (Alex de la Iglesia, 2015)
Creed (Ryan Coogler, 2015)

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Wake (Subic) (John Gianvito, 2015)

Wake (Subic) (John Gianvito, 2015)

 

Paula Gaitán
Filmmaker, Brazil

Visita ou Memórias e confissões (Manoel de Oliveira, 1993)
No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman, 2015)
The Assassin (Hou Hsiao Hsien, 2015)
Wake (Subic) (John Gianvito, 2015)
La Academia de las Musas (Jose Luis Guerin,2015)
In omaggio all’arte italiana! (Jean Marie Straub, 2015, instalacion Bienal de Venecia)
Nervous magic lantern performance (Ken Jacobs)
Rabo de Peixe (Joaquim Pinto e Nuno Leonel, 2014)
Stinking Heaven (Nathan Silver, 2015)
Ausdruck der Hände (Harun Farocki, 1997)
Hand-Movie (Yvonne Rainer, 1966)
JourneysFromBerlin 1971 1980 (Yvonne Rainer )
Naturaleza Muerta (Harun Farocki, 1997)

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Homeland Iraq Year Zero (Abbas Fahdel, 2015)

Homeland Iraq Year Zero (Abbas Fahdel, 2015)

Carlos Enrique Díaz
Film critic, Peru

Homeland Iraq Year Zero (Abbas Fahdel, 2015): Indebatible documento contra el abuso del fascismo norteamericano en la actualidad.
Cemetery Of Splendour (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2015): Es volver a la particular perspectiva que tiene el director acerca del intercambio espiritual entre el mundo de los vivos y muertos, agregando a esta posibilidad una marcada dosis de desparpajo y buen humor.
The Assassin (Hou Hsiao Hsien, 2015): Visualmente, el término colores vivos no puede ser mejor redefinido sin esta maravilla.
Heart Of A Dog (Laurie Anderson, 2015): Acercamiento unilateral a la mente seductora de una artesana, libre en expresar sus posturas irónicas acerca de la civilización occidental y su organización frágil.
The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino, 2015): Placer culposo mío, el manejo de la tensión y su propia violencia es de una impronta bastante particular.
Las Letras  (Pablo Chavarría, 2015): Es llamativo su continuo plano picado yendo al ras, quizás invocador a una fuerza externa de aquel ambiente nato cuyo contraste con la civilización no disipa el mensaje del inteligente artesano fílmico.
Le Paradis (Alain Cavalier, 2014): Reflexiones en torno a la naturaleza y a sus semejantes desde una postura minimal y significativa.
La Terre Penche (Christelle Lheureux, 2015): Incita a la libertad de acción en torno a un par de individuos que simultáneamente  se sienten atraídos, cada uno sin trampas emocionales ni dobles discursos sentimentalistas.
Office 3D (Johnnie To, 2015): Orquestal y tremenda, su total coordinación en las estructuradas secuencias combina ese culto al accionar maquinal y decididamente financiero, revisión de la globalizada postura que asume el país de origen.
Días de Lluvia (Flavia De La Fuente, 2015): Arriesgada en su connotación particular, cimentada por la reflexión meditada y la omisión de metraje inútil, pensando en el estimado tiempo del espectador.
Afternoon (Tsai Ming Liang, 2015 ): Gesto notable de desprendimiento que muestra al espectador un ser frágil, pensante antes de cualquier disertación y dispuesto a desenterrar sus memorias con el mejor apoyo, su camarada en complicidad.
As 1001 Noites: O Inquieto (Miguel Gomes, 2015): Nacida de una mirada inquieta a la Europa contestaría, su inventiva galopa sobre las anchas de la protesta y la locura.
As 1001 Noites: O Desolado (Miguel Gomes, 2015): Tal vez la joya pop cinéfila del 2015: aparece una peluda estrella que a través de sus libres actos, revelará una realidad a cuestionar.
The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin y Evan Johnson, 2015): Música ambiental imprescindible, evocadora y coherente de “hauntología” radical intercalada con la mudez oportuna de este documento de exploración hacia lo pretérito.
In Jackson Heights (Frederick Wiseman, 2015):  Clase maestra de cómo mostrar un pequeño barrio de confluencias culturales en su exacta magnitud en solo tres horas.
Algo Se Tiene Que Romper (Enrique Méndez, 2015): Contestación resoluta al encarar una eventual humillación con cabeza fría y acción pronta ante el conformismo de las relaciones sociales adquiridas en la modernidad.

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All That is Solid (Eva Kolcze, Canada, 2014)

All That is Solid (Eva Kolcze, Canada, 2014)

Stephen Broomer
Filmmaker – Canada

Worthy films of recent memory:
A Gathering of Crystals (R. Bruce Elder, Ajla Odobasic, Canada, 2015)
All That is Solid (Eva Kolcze, Canada, 2014)
Broken Tongue (Mónica Saviron, USA, 2013)
Crab Island (Cherry Kino, UK, 2015)
Font Màgica (Izabella Pruska-Oldenhof, Canada, 2015)
Harbour City (Simon Liu, USA, 2015)
Lion (Daniel McIntyre, Canada, 2014)
morning came a day early (Richard Kerr, Canada, 2015)
One Light (Brian Wilson, USA, 2015)
Polaroids (Péter Lichter, Hungary, 2015)
Resistfilm (Pablo Marín, Argentina, 2014)
Something Horizontal (Blake Williams, Canada, 2015)
Still Feeling Blue About Colour Separation (Christine Lucy Latimer, Canada, 2015)
Turin (Rhayne Vermette, Canada, 2015)
Wayward Fronds (Fern Silva, USA, 2014)

Masterworks seen only recently:
Cube and Room Drawings (David Haxton, USA, 1976-77), recently restored by Mark Toscano of the Academy Film Archives, an enigmatic perspective of enduring mystery.
The Film That Rises to the Surface of Clarified Butter (Owen Land, USA, 1968), now in wide circulation thanks to Bruce Posner’s home video release, Masterworks of American Avant-Garde Experimental Film 1920-1970.
Gamelan (Claudio Caldini, Argentina, 1981), presented by the artist at Toronto’s AluCine festival.
Variant Chants (Joseph Bernard, USA, 1983), one of many great works found on the Prismatic Music home video set of Joseph Bernard’s remarkable films.
White Heart (Daniel Barnett, USA, 1975), a rare screening at New York City’s Light Industry.

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The Exquisite Corpus (Peter Tscherkasky, 2015)

The Exquisite Corpus (Peter Tscherkasky, 2015)

Mikel Guillén
Filmmaker, Artist, Canada

1 The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2015)
2 No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman, 2015)
3 The Forbidden room (Guy Maddin and Evan Johnson, 2015)
4 The Exquisite Corpus (Peter Tscherkasky, 2015)
5. A Pigeon sat on a branch reflecting on existence (Roy Andersson, 2014)
6 Hitchcock/Truffaut (Kent jones, 2015)
7 The Wolfpack (Chrystal Mosell, 2015)
8 Francofonia (Alexander Sokurov, 2015)
9 Analysis of Emotions and Vexations (Wojniech Bakowski, 2015)
10 Hunter (Scott Barley, 2015)

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Francofonia (Alexandr Sukhourov, 2015)

CS Leigh
Filmmaker, UK.

This has been such a disastrously dry year for cinema outside the mainstream that even the slightest hint of idiosyncrasy registers like an earthquake on the terrain. Nonetheless there were strong films and performances to enjoy on their own terms.

Best Films
Francofonia (Alexander Sokurov, 2015)
The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, 2015)
Grandma (Pail Weitz, 2015)
Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015)
L’Ombre des Femmes (Philippe Garrel, 2015)
No Home Movie (Chantal Akerman, 2015)
A Bigger Splash (Luca Guadamino, 2015)
While We’re Young (Noah Baumbach, 2014)
Mistress America (Noah Baumbach, 2015)
Listen To Me Marlon ( Stevan Riley, 2015)
The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino, 2015)
Far From The Madding Crowd (Thomas Vinterberg, 2015)
Legend (Brian Helgeland, 2015)
Remainder (Omer Fast, 2015)
Brand New Testament (Jaco Van Dormael, 2015)
Louder Than Bombs (Joachim Trier, 2015)
The Gift ( Joel Edgerton, 2015)

Best Director
Alexander Sokurov, Francofonia

Best Screenplay
While We’re Young & Mistress America, Noah Baumbach

Best Actress
Lily Tomlin, Grandma

Best Actor
Ralph Fiennes, A Bigger Splash

Best Supporting Actress
Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Best Supporting Actor
Matthias Schoenaerts, A Bigger Splash, Suite Francaise, & Far From The Madding Crowd

Best Cinematography
Renato Berta, L’Ombre des Femmes & Irina Lubtchansky, Trois Souvenirs de ma Jeunesse

Best Score
Far From The Madding Crowd, Craig Armstrong

Major Loss
The suicide of Chantal Akerman leaves a gaping hole where her specifically intransigent cinema has resided for decades. She was a singular and essential artist.

Major Event
The screenings of Jacques Rivette’s Out One: Noli Me Tangere in various cities including NY, Brussels and London and on DVD.

Major Leading Man Alert
It seems to me Joel Edgerton is the best thing about any film he’s in including this year’s Black Mass. Look out for him to shoot straight to the top outshining Johnny Depp just as he did with Leonardo Dicaprio in the past and any other actor he shares screen time with on the way.

Major Fun
Screening of early John Waters shorts at the BFI Southbank as part of its John Waters retrospective.

Major Throwback
The Weinstein Company’s 70 mm 100 city roadshow tour of The Hateful Eight in the USA makes one almost want to go there.

Major Disappointment
Sunset Song is by far the worst film Terence Davies has ever made. Rejected not once or twice but thrice by Cannes it’s very easy to see why.

Major Bomb
Eisenstein in Guanajuato, You have to wonder why Peter Greenaway continues to make films when he’s obviously not that interested. It’s a shame so much public money keeps being wasted on his facile follies.

Major Fiasco
Effie Gray Richard Laxton’s film about Ruskin came to life under the cloud of plagiarism charges against screenwriter Emma Thompson. This film has surely tarnished her once pristine reputation. The worst part is how bad it actually is. Everyone attached to it is somehow filthy by association.

Major Ripoff
The next time a multi-millionaire actor or Oscar winner mounts a kickstarter campaign to finance their “dream project” I hope people will just kick them to the kerb. It’s offensive and vulgar. If it means so much to you pay for it yourself.

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Meurtrière (Philippe Grandrieux, 2015)

Meurtrière (Philippe Grandrieux, 2015)

Scott Barley
Filmmaker, EEUU

It’s been a very hectic year for me, and I have had very little chance to catch up on cinema with my degree and own filmmaking. Anyway, my top films that I saw in 2015:

1. American Falls (Phil Solomon, 2010-2012)
2. Summer (Nathaniel Dorsky,2013)
3. Horse Money (Pedro Costa, 2014)
4. Avraham (Nathaniel Dorsky, 2014)
5. P.T. (IGN walkthrough of the Silent Hill teaser; a game which in its own right is one of the most profound and daring pieces of the “moving image”; of the same ilk and importance as Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon.
6. Jauja (Lisandro Alonso, 2014)
7. Meurtrière (Philippe Grandrieux, 2015)
8. Nephilim (Matthew Allen)
9. Noesis (Matthew Allen, 2015)

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Station to Station (Doug Aitken, 2015)

Dana Bonilla
Filmmaker, Peru

Station to Station (Doug Aitken, 2015)
The Lobster (Yorgos Lanthimos, 2015)
Whiplash (Damien Chazelle, 2014)
Birdman (Alejandro Gonzáles Iñárritu, 2014)
Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg, 2014)

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Advantageous (Jennifer Phang, 2015)

Devon Narine-Singh
Filmmaker, EEUU

Advantageous (Jennifer Phang, 2015)
The Princess of France (Matias Pinero, 2015)
Foodies: The Culinary Jetset (Charlotte Landelius, Herink Stockare, Thomas Jackson, 2015)
Hello (videoclip by Xavier Dolan)
Tangerine (Sean Baker, 2015)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens (J.J. Abrams, 2015)
Tab Hunter: Confidential (Jeffrey Schwarz, 2015)
Where to Invade Next (Michael Moore, 2015)
Online Screenings:
Dream Work/Outer Space (Peter Tscherkassky, 1999)
The Strange Little Cat (Ramon Zurcher, 2013)
Valerie and her Week of Wonders (Jaromil Jires, 1970)

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L´esmá del temps (Marta Saleta, Marta González, Alexandra García-Vilá, 2015).

Mikel Zatarain
Filmmaker, Spain

Films I´ve seen in 2015.

Mad Max: Fury road (George Miller, 2015)
L´esmá del temps (Marta Saleta, Marta González, Alexandra García-Vilá, 2015)
Adieu au langage (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014)
Árboles (Los Hijos, 2013)
The smell of us (Larry Clark, 2014)
África 815 (Pilar Monsell, 2014)
Fury (David Ayer, 2014)
El navegante (Buster Keaton, 1924).
Spacy (Takeshi Ito, 1981)
Roma Ciudad Abierta (Roberto Rossellini, 1945).
Otoño Cheyenne (John Ford, 1964)
La fundición (Otar Iosseliani, 1964)
Lo que el viento se llevó (Primera parte). (Victor Fleming, 1939)

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desistfilm • 29 diciembre, 2015


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