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New visual cinema

by rurban
Since a few years I discover new visually extraordinary and striking films from former totally uninteresting countries, in which I see common grounds. New formal experiments from Italy, Hungary and recently Greece. I still have to write about it. Sometimes films should be more film with less message. Honestly, italian and greek cinema in the 80ies and nineties belonged to worst in the world. Polish also, but there are not more dramatic showdowns after a so-called golden age in certain countries. Nowadays italian and greek cinema belongs to the most exciting. Add the four young hungarian wonderkids to the mix. These directors are… Read more

Since a few years I discover new visually extraordinary and striking films from
former totally uninteresting countries, in which I see common grounds.
New formal experiments from Italy, Hungary and recently Greece.
I still have to write about it.
Sometimes films should be more film with less message.

Honestly, italian and greek cinema in the 80ies and nineties belonged to worst in the world.
Polish also, but there are not more dramatic showdowns after a so-called golden age in certain countries.
Nowadays italian and greek cinema belongs to the most exciting.
Add the four young hungarian wonderkids to the mix.
These directors are courageous, crazy and consequent, not all of the films are perfect,
but they try to and I love them. Most are actually perfect. And it makes me sick that no one knows them.
Visually exciting films should be easier to market than social dramas.

You may see similarities in e.g. Arronofsky’s PI. I do not. PI is not good enough for this list.
Gaspar Noe’s two latest films “Irreversible” and “Enter the void” certainly belong here too.

Films on this list not yet on Mubi:

Tale 52 / “Istoria 52” (Alexis Alexiou, GR 2008)
This is a master piece

Valzer (Salvatore Maira, ITA 2007)
Very interesting concept, which lacks some money and time.

There’s another Valzer and Sokurow-like one shot without cuts attempt by a young greek,
playing in colombia. A hostage carries a bomb on her body. Name of the film forgotten but recommended.

Also the beginning, the first 10 minutes of “Io sono l’amore” are visually very over-ambitious.
Very good. If the rest of the film would have been formally consequent and the story more existential
or impressionistic it would have been an excellent film. But it’s a young director still.

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