There must be others on this site who agree with me that Hunger, the film about the hunger strike of I.R.A. member Bobby Sands was the best film of 2008. The film was directed by Steve McQueen, not the deceased actor but the British director.
I disagree. Personally, the best film I saw in 2008 was Un Lac by Philippe Grandrieux. I didn’t much like Hunger at all actually. The only thing I felt during the film was as if the director was constantly yelling “Look how important my film is” and was also looking himself film way too much, but still managed to be strangely inconsistent in his form.
Sarajevo, I’d like to read your thoughts/impressions of Un Lac. I’ve only seen Sombre. This is the kind of work I need to see more of. Much more. Does anyone else here know/care about Grandrieux? Is there a link to where I might d/load La Vie Nouvelle? It’s pleasing that Marilyn Manson knew enough to hire Grandrieux to shoot a video. You can see it and much visual content at grandrieux.com. While there, be sure to read Adrian Martin’s essay Dance girl dance.