“at last, everything is as it should be.”
In this list, I want to talk (and list) all the cinematic discoveries (films, directors) I would have not made without the internet’s help. I’ve also included streaming links for the films that have them available if anyone is interested.
1. Martin Sulik
Helena, from the film Záhrada (1995) which was the first of his films I ever watched.
I first see this film when I had just bought my subscription here on Mubi, I had watched several shorts but no features. I was all alone this day, and picked this film without being totally convinced of it. The film quickly starts giving the viewer things to think about, the simple view of life that I lacked so much in those days.
A month or two after this I watched Orbis pictus which was fine, but nothing compared to the film I just talked about.
2. Dagur Kari’s Dark Horse
I think I’m suffering of the world’s oldest disease. – Tuberculosis? – No, of love.
The visual beauty of this film’s still here in Mubi pulled me to watch it maybe 3 days after I watched Záhrada. It quickly reminded me of The big Lebowski (one of my favourite films due to personal value and significance), the guy who didn’t really have a work with his friend that was kind of a jerk but he thought he was the best possible man. Acting rude and knowing all.
Dagur Kári changed my mind which was expecting for a comedy when Daniel meets Franc, it becomes somehow a film for teenagers, but not made the Juno style nor anything similar. He kept himself from trying to be hollywood and the result was something (at least for me) moving, fun, and worth to analyse and think about.
3. Sandro Aguilar
Don’t you worry, I’m close to you.
This guy really achieved making me confused most of the time, but at the end of his shorts or whenever he used music, it was near from magic. I had never seen someone sinchronizing images and sound so well, and he might been the filmmaker with whom I learned to appreciate silence. Letting my eyes to tell my ears what to listen somehow. I watched some shorts he directed and produced as Close, Remains, The canticle of all creatures (by Miguel Gomes) and some more… Then I was ready to watch his 2008 feature Uprise.
At the beginning I was trying to commit myself to the film, thinking to much to relate myself with it and not letting the film make that. After some minutes, thanks to Sandro’s unusual narrative and luckily, I got completely lost in the film. Found myself admiring some of the best cinematography I had ever seen, silently, similar to some stuff Krzysztof Kieslowski some day did.
And then of course, he had to use music. There was a moment in this film that became perhaps the scene which I felt the deepest. There was an office party going on, everybody was drunk except for two who were dancing together to the rythm of the music. Some meters away, a girl was stripping her clothes off while standing in a desk sorrounded by men and women full of desire. Then, we saw the couple dancing again, holding each other close, all in one magnificent shot.
4. Alex & Niko’s Born from Pain
Silence again, Mubi again
Those who have seen this short must understand me. At first, I didn’t know whether to feel repulsion or empathy for the whore. Soon we are left with one option only, pitty for the girl. Watching her learn stuff the way she did (if that could be considered as learning) and she trying to become a normal person, which she had never met.
I feel like I have said a lot about this short that could be considered spoilers, so I’ll stop here.
5. Aleksandar Petrovic’s Three
I first saw this film when I was a newcomer to the Directors’ cup, in its third round. The match was Petrovic vs. Miyazaki, and the reason I voted in it was just because Three’s still here at Mubi includes a bear, which made me curious. This movie narrates three executions, being the second one of the greatest displays of technical and narrative skills I have seen and the third, that induced me to a deep, deep moment of instrospection.
6. Producing adults
Directed by: Aleksi Salmenperä
Looking through Mubi’s Watch now lists, and having no idea of what to watch I just found this film with a killer synopsis which included, like the short I previously mentioned, Born from pain, artificial insemination (not that I’m specially atracted or interested in this). Throughout the 102 minutes this film lasts, I was always intrigued by what was going on and these peculiar characters, displaying unique cinematography and storytelling.Read less