Samuel Maoz made Lebanon to make sense of his own experiences as a soldier in the Lebanese war of the 1980s. Montana Wojczuk assesses the film and addresses the various gestation period for clear narratives that deal with traumatic events in history.
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Montana Wojczuk interviews Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington about their film, RESTREPO, which won the 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize for Documentary. RESTREPO documents Junger and Hetherington’s experience as journalists in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan, at the American military outpost of the same name, deep in Taliban-controlled territory. [...]
No One Knows About Persian Cats, is a story about a struggling Iranian band whose members become unwitting political activists. He talks to Montana Wojczuk about the music scene and the difficulties of shooting a film in Tehran.
In Cristian Mungiu’s film Tales from the Golden Age, opening on Saturday as part of Lincoln Center’s Film Comment series, these legends often revolve, pardon the pun, around David and Goliath stories—brief moments where an overworked, hungry populace gets the better of a totalitarian government.
There was a mood surrounding Harmony Korine’s new film Trash Humpers that started long before the lights went down. The mostly 20-30 something audience wore their best casual cool—flannels and leather jackets on the women and men with stylish hats and ironic facial hair. In that way fashion comes ’round on itself it felt oddly very much like 1995. People kept saying how happy they were to see each other, it had been so long, and I’ve heard so much about you. I got the feeling a lot of Korine’s friends had turned out. At times it felt more like a house party than a movie premiere.
Filmmaker Lucretia Martel has often been compared to David Lynch, but where Lynch’s films give off the rank smell of a decaying swamp (with who knows what sunk to the bottom), Martel’s new film reminds me of the arid beauty of a bone left in the sun.
Our intrepid film correspondent Montana Wojczuk caught up with Jem Cohen for this Podcast. They had a broad ranging discussion covering topics from 8-mm film, to Jeff Koons.
Something about the combination of watching a miner’s son wail and a skinny kid writhing to his own beat was absolutely heartbreaking.
For the past several years I’ve been studiously avoiding mumblecore cinema, not because it’s low-budget or uses amateur actors, in other words not because I’m a blow-things-up junkie, but because it bored me.
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