DIRECTED BY: Vincent Paronnaud, Marjane Satrapi
FEATURING: Mathieu Amalric, Maria de Medeiros, Edouard Baer, Golshifteh Farahani, Isabella Rossellini
PLOT: A master musician loses the will to live after his prized violin is destroyed, and retires to his deathbed where his story is told through flashbacks mingled with fantasy sequences.
WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: CHICKEN WITH PLUMS [POULET AUX PRUNES] (2011)
DIRECTED BY: Matt Mulholland
FEATURING: Matt Mulholland
PLOT: A depressed cabaret singer and sometime mime, overwhelmed by the pressures of
life and loneliness, contemplates suicide and drifts off into a symbolic abyss of despair.
WHY IT MIGHT MAKE THE LIST: As devastating a portrait of human despair as has ever been painted, on a canvass black as velvet, this . . . → Read More: SHORT: THE DARK SIDE OF FRIDAY (2011)
“Be pleased then, you living one, in your delightfully warmed bed, before Lethe’s ice-cold wave will lick your escaping foot.”–Goethe, Roman Elegies, the quote that begins You, the Living
DIRECTED BY: Roy Andersson
FEATURING: A large cast of unknowns, who are given approximately equal weight in the story
PLOT: A man napping on a . . . → Read More: 54. YOU, THE LIVING [DU LEVANDE] (2007)
Uncomfortably silent, slightly depressive, and undeniably strange, Nikola Gocic’s “Three… or Apple?” is a mysterious, dreamlike experience weird enthusiasts are sure to enjoy.
“My dear, our world is hopelessly boring. Therefore, there can be no telepathy, or apparitions, or flying saucers, nothing like that. The world is ruled by cast-iron laws, and it’s insufferably boring. Alas, those laws are never violated. They don’t know how to be violated…. To live in the Middle Ages was interesting. Every home . . . → Read More: 34. STALKER (1979)
“I wanted the film to be about the fatal attachment of Russians to their national roots, an attachment which they will carry with them for their entire lives, regardless of where destiny may fling them. How could I have imagined as I was making Nostalghia that the stifling sense of longing that fills the screen . . . → Read More: 25. NOSTALGHIA (1983)