Less than three hours to get your votes in folks!
Well,I don’t have much time,so I won’t make any comments.I will only say that this was a really,really hard decision.My vote could easily have gone the other way.So:
Where’s the Friend’s Home 1 -The Corridor 0
Where is the Friend’s Home 1 -The Corridor 0
I enjoy Where is the Friend’s Home a lot more than The Corridor.
33-29 for The Corridor I believe. Any more votes still to come I wonder?
VOTING HAS ENDED
Where’s the Friend’s Home 29 The Corridor 33
Another great turnout of 62 votes
(and remedial arithmetic for me)
EDIT: Never mind, Ozufan got there first.
That’s 62 votes by the way Ozufan ;-)
I just finished The Corridor with the intention of voting in this match but I feel like this film gets an unfair shake on youtube (much more than Kiarostami’s film does). I thought it would be fair since I was watching both films for the first time under the same conditions, but I kept getting jolted out of Bartas’ film every 10 or so minutes at the end of each upload segment, and the spell was broken. With some films this wouldn’t matter as much but The Corridor is the kind of film that seems to rely on creating and sustaining a mood or sensation, which, for me, resulted in a frustrating youtube experience. Anyway, it looks like it might not suffer in the end for this possible disadvantage. Whatever the result, both of these great directors were unfortunate to draw such tough competition for their first match.
“but I feel like this film gets an unfair shake on youtube”
quite so Hectocotylus, and that also occurs with many others films. unfortunately, a fair amount of people here i’ve spoken to are against on downloading films from torrent sites, so the only option is for others to upload films in order to somehow attract the naysayers, even if the YouTube quality is overall inferior to the avi. file when watched in your DVD player on your pc.
I completely agree with you Hectocotylus, and really dislike watching films on youtube unless it is the only way to see anything. Thankfully there is nothing I have had to watch on youtube this tournament.
I have a bit of a problem with youtube in addition to the reason above. I tend to have a lot to do in the evenings and there’s a hundred distractions around me. Also my wife usually wants to watch something on tv.
If on the other hand I download (an average length) film I can watch most of it during my lunch hour at work (where I have no access to youtube). The problem I’m having with this however is the time it takes to download some stuff. For some of the harder to get hold of films we’re talking anything up to about two weeks!
Hey ho – we do what we can.
Wow – this is quite the upset! It looks like Bartas took Kiarostami into the Corridor and roughed him up a bit. Even that little kid returing the notebook couldn’t help him. Guess those bleak, depressing Lithuanian landscapes are just too much competition.
I, for one, am glad to have the opportunity to now see more Bartas, after having exhausted a lot of Kiarostami in the last WC round – including this film of his. New discoveries are still the name of the game for me, instead of repeats from last year’s Cup.
I think it was the right decision to allow repeats from last year’s tournament. There are so many more people participating this time, that it would be a shame to deprive them of films like Marketa Lazarova. With that being said, one of my directors was not used in the WC at all (I’m telling you, the US losing early was not an upset), and I will avoid the films used in the WC for my other director as long as possible.
If there is a second Directors’ Cup, I hope all films used in this one will be prohibited as well as any director who makes it out of the first round.
“Guess those bleak, depressing Lithuanian landscapes are just too much competition.”
haha, watch out, i have some bleak, depressing landscapes as well ;)
“If there is a second Directors’ Cup, I hope all films used in this one will be prohibited as well as any director who makes it out of the first round.”
i think we can measure it out, i had no problem with directorial repeats from last cup’s schedule but i wouldn’t wanna re-watch a Bunuel or a Bergman film that is well-known by most (even if this rule with the latter is already a no-go, hehe)
I’m disappointed with the result, but alas the people have spoken. Indeed, The Corridor is a great movie, so it could have been worse.
What the hell, my vote goes to Friend’s Home
WHERE’S THE FRIEND’S HOME 1 – the corridor 0
Friends home was pure simplistic genius, Corridor was gorgeos
this was hard, but it came down to which one I related to more
i think it’s great to see more Bartas in the next round, i don’t find it disappointing at all, especially since it was such a close result!
besides, Kiarostami already has enough exposure, hehe. Bartas and Lithuanian cinema could use of a share from the pie ;)
I can’t believe a derivative, simplistic melodrama like the Bartas beat out the Rosetta Stone of modern cinema.
Those with flexible morals really should seek out high quality versions of the next Bartas film if it’s anything like The Corridor. I also gave up on the Youtube version. It really isn’t the sort of the film lends itself well to a break and annoying titles every ten minutes.
Jerry, just stop flippin’ stop; you’re contrary and it’s already boring.
Quit taking things so personally…it’s one film and one opinion. I know you’re excited, but it’s only a website where anyone can write anything.
just for curiosity sake Jerry do u like Playtime or Tale of the WInd?
I’m not taking it personally at all, I’m just am tired of people looking for discord.
Personally, I’d be happy to see more matter and less invective. I don’t think Jerry, or anyone else is being contrary for the sake of it and I find much to agree with in the arguments both for and against the films. It would be nice if people would stick to those arguments rather than accusing each other of bad faith choices, ignorance or worse.
I’ve yet to watch Tale of the Wind (and I’ve been tardy with every vote so far…I squeeze my viewings in too late), but Playtime is one of my absolute favorites.
I’m not looking for discord. I’m just not diplomatic. Where is the Friend’s Home? prefigures all my favorite modern filmmakers: Lisandros Alondo, Jia Zhangke, Richard Linklater, Lucrecia Martel, Carlos Reygadas. And the film was a stepping-off point for one of the grand reflexive experiments in all of cinema.
Then there you go, good start to your argument, so much better than “I can’t believe a derivative, simplistic melodrama like the Bartas beat out the Rosetta Stone of modern cinema.”
I think civil discourse should be the rule, you are not the only one who knows something of film, even if you disagree with those others.
Congrats to Blue and Bartas. And once again, the match ends and the Gringo appears. To describe “The Corridor” as a melodrama is the most ridiculous statement that has been uttered so far in the tournament and it’s not even worth the time to respond to that nonsense.