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ROTTERDAM 2017. PARALLAX VIEWS: BIGGER THAN SHINING BY MARK COUSINS (ENG)

By Tara Judah

Building on last year’s audio-visual essay provocation – Whose Cinema: the video-essay on the big screen of the International Film Festival Rotterdam – critic and filmmaker Mark Cousins returned to screen his 2016 contribution Bigger than The Shining one last time before destroying it (the DCP) with an axe.

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ROTTERDAM 2017. THE MOLE SONG: HONG KONG CAPRICCIO BY TAKASHI MIIKE (ENG)

By Tara Judah

The prolific Miike Takashi directed five other films in the two years (2014 and 2015) since the first instalment of his live action adaptation, The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji (2013). Returning now to the titular bat-shit cray undercover cop character, created as a manga series by Noboru Takahashi, Takashi has created something exhilarating and messy.

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ROTTERDAM 2017: MANIFESTO BY JULIAN ROSEFELDT (ENG)

By Tara Judah

In each segment, Cate Blanchett is re-invented as a human incarnation of each movement’s manifesto. The hair, make-up, wardrobe and mise-en-scene that mark each transition are supreme. But beyond that, and beyond even the careful composition of each striking establishing shot, or the brilliantly rhythmic score, is a belly full of passionate an

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ROTTERDAM 2017: SEXY DURGA DE SANAL KUMAR SASIDHARAN (SPA)

Por Aldo Padilla

Sexy Durga está ambientada en medio de la festividad Durga Puja, en alguna zona no definida del sur de la India, donde en clave de documental etnográfico la cámara de Sanal Kumar Sasidharan se mueve buscando la naturalidad en medio de hombres suspendidos en el aire, purificándose en un río y caminando sobre brasas, y donde la principal homenajeada es la diosa Durga, figura que contrasta con la ausencia de mujeres.

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ROTTERDAM 2017: LOS DECENTES DE LUKAS VALENTA RINNER (SPA)

Por Aldo Padilla

El director austriaco, radicado en Buenos Aires, Lukas Valenta Rinner, retrata mordazmente un microcosmos porteño, como hace algunos años lo hiciera Benjamin Naishtat en Historia del miedo, que se concentraba en la paranoia que reina en estos lugares bonaerenses alejados, frente a fantasmas imaginarios que perturban una tranquilidad que se cree garantizada.

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ROTTERDAM: PAUL SHARITS BY FRANCOIS MIRON

By Tara Judah

I feel as though I’ve been waiting to see this documentary most of my life. So many documentaries rely on talking heads interviews for content and so much of what those talking heads say is speculative; often anecdotal, rarely insightful. Especially when it comes to talking about someone significant. The focus is too often set on tired stereotypes: the tortured genius or the misunderstood giant. Here, however, what we finally see is the intelligent and artful presentation of an intelligent artist and his body of work.

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