Match #58: Thursday, August 16 – Sunday, August 19
Another film submitted by Angel? You should veto this guy. :)
I liked that film at the time, it will be interesting to revisit it and see if it has changed :)
any word on die nibelungen? i have found a torrent but can’t tell if it has eng subs. are there plans to upload? cuz it’s quite long and i need to get a jump on it
p.s. more films from angel xD
Ruby, I’ll see if I have time tonight to look into getting it uploaded.
Match #59: Sunday, August 19 – Wednesday, August 22
imageshack deleted my other side of the underneath screenshots :( not sure if it was the boobies or the menstrual blood. but for those who might have complained about the lack of women directors in the cup. jane arden certainly makes up for that! and some. and some more. interesting that it’s in the cup.
Ah ha, i wanted Wales taking on England, and instead it’s Japan! :( It was bad enough for Wales being drawn against a little Belgian gem last time. Other Side of Underneath may be more divisive than Sleep Furiously, a very different, more abrasive film and setting. Not seen the Kuroki, though it’s in a couple of my lists, look forward to it.
Match #60: Wednesday, August 22 – Saturday, August 25
cool Prodigal Son!!! woo!! I’m pretty sure it got Criterion Collection treatment this year so it shouldn’t be difficult to access at all.
Match #61: Saturday, August 25 – Tuesday, August 28
Match #62: Tuesday, August 28 – Friday, August 31
I’m really excited for this one. Sewer looks like some great poverty porn. ;) And I’ve been meaning to see a Pablo Stoll film for a while.
unless you don’t live in america. in which case it’s fairly to impossibly difficult.
but hiroshima!!!!! yay apursansar! i saw that at a fest and loved it and didn’t think i’d get the chance to see it again! !!! ♥♥♥ he’s in his pants! yay!
Match #63: Friday, August 31 – Monday, September 3
Here are the latest standings:
Match #64: Monday, September 3 – Thursday, September 6
thanks for all your work riss! when is the wedding? let me know if u need a break again
You are so welcome. I’m glad we still have a good core group who is enjoying this, with a few new people stopping in now and then.
The wedding is Oct 20. I’ll let you know when I need a break for sure. Probably that week before for sure.
And then honeymoon in Hawaii for two weeks in November! YEAH!
Yay, Riss, my third film on this WC (I mean those that I submitted). Thank you very much.
One of my favorite musical. :)
I didn’t realize it was a musical. That’s great. We rarely get musicals in these cups. The only other one I can think of so far this year is The Wayward Cloud.
Match #65: Thursday, September 6 – Sunday, September 9
Kaurismäki for Finland. Yes, I had to do it. If you haven’t seen a Kaurismäki film yet, you must watch. And if you have seen one and like him, you must watch too. This is my favorite film I’ve seen from him.
Match #66: Sunday, September 9 – Wednesday, September 12
We have our first country to be eliminated from the 2012 MUBI World Cup: Indonesia.
Not only is Indonesia the first country to be eliminated, it is also pretty much guranateed at this point that no country will get less average per match in this cup than Indonesia did. I got the lowest percentage of votes than any other country did with it’s first film to compete. And it’s second film got the lowest percentage possible of 0%.
If any country will be considered the absolute loser of this whole cup, it will have to be Indonesia.
Here is the film that would have played if Indonesia would have made it to the finals:
IndonesiaThe Anniversaries (directed by Ariani Darmawan) (2006) – submitted by Yuki Aditya
So what do you all think? Are films from Indonesia really that bad compared to the rest of the world? Were these some poor examples? Anyone have any films they think were better? We didn’t get too many more suggestions from this country.
I don’t think Indonesian films are really that bad. Sure, with all those bad-porn-in-disguise B-class film dominating the market, Indonesian cinema is facing such quality issue nowadays. But I can guarantee that there are a lot of exciting treasures from Indonesian cinema, especially the oldies. I can put one or two or more suggestions from Indonesia, but the main problem is the access for those treasures are extremely limited (well, especially the oldies). Most of classical films are stored on moss in a national museum with only limited available screening in one of the film club in the capital city. Actually, there are two Usmar Ismail’s 50s treasure available on YouTube, but those aren’t subtitled.
I hear Kuxa is moving to Indonesia for a while. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’d be able to sniff out some copies of some treasures for us while he is there.
Match #67: Wednesday, September 12 – Saturday, September 15
It’s funny, because Mexico’s match will end on September 15th (one day before the anniversary of the beginning of our war for independence). Porfirio Díaz, who became dictatorship in the late 19th century was born on a September 15th too.
The Heist is based on a brilliant novel written by José Revueltas while being imprisoned in infamous jail Lecumberri. I have a lot to say about this film, and about its director and author as well, so do expect an introductory thread (O:
Match #68: Saturday, September 15 – Tuesday, September 18
Match #69: Tuesday, September 18 – Friday, September 21
“The last child born in Aldealseñor, filmmaker Mercedes Álvarez, returned in 2003 to record the history living amidst 14 remaining elderly holdouts and the near-ancient rhythms that still perdure. The resultant The Sky Turns is a documentary marvel, excavating the strata of epochs and applying its findings to the grand scope and frustrating limitations of cultural heritage and personal memory, and the mysteries of mortality and time.”
Plus, Arsaib- and Cat-favored.
Goddammit, my submissions always get the toughest opponents in these World Cups!!