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Beyond Wriezen

When Daniel Abma was still a young guy he always felt afraid to get close to criminals like the three guys who are the leading characters in Abma’s three-year long filmic study with a videocamera. Before that time he had already been able to come up close to them in prison where he was working [...]

Bravehearts

When director Kari-Anne Moe and cameraman Havard Fossum were doing their shooting of a documentary on 4 young political activists in Norway, a terrible event shocked the Norwegian nation of the assault and murders on the 22nd of July 2011. This day is enshrined in the conscience of all Norwegians and bringing the mad assassin [...]

IDFA

The world largest Documentary Film Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary in Amsterdam.

On the Road again?

on the road by salles

In development for decades by Francis Ford Coppola, who remains a key producer on the film, the eagerly anticipated big screen adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s “On The Road” has been a long time coming. But the project’s lengthy journey has finally seen the light of day, as the post-production was finished recently and the European [...]

The Artist

Jean Dujardin and his dog in 'the Artist'

is a 2011 French romantic drama film directed by Michel Hazanavicius and was shot entirely in black and white.The story takes place in Hollywood between 1927 and 1932 and focuses on the relationship of an older silent film star and a rising young actress. Making a silent movie feature film close to a 100 years [...]

Shame through the eyes of Mc Queen

Michael-Fassbender-in-Shame

This year already highly debated and to some critics overrated new feature ‘Shame’ directed by Steve Mc Queen does in several ways stand out as a cinematographic exercise but honestly also disappoints in other ways. This can easily explain the controversy around a film in which the protagonists who are mentally and physically suffering while [...]

Le Havre by Aki Kaurismäki

Marcel Marx (André Wilms) and Idrissa (Blondin Miguel)

If you have never seen a film by Aki Kaurismäki , the current Finish master of cinema, you should not stagger to go see this one. ”Le Havre” blends in so many facets of true cinema and storytelling that it should be considered already a classic shortly after its release in late 2011. In a [...]

The Power of the Dove

healing ritual

Written by Ton van der Lee The sun is setting over the Kalahari desert. It’s been a hot day. I am in a remote settlement in northern Botswana. Tsitano, a traditional healer of the San people (formerly known as Bushmen, the oldest people on earth) is preparing himself for the night. He is going to [...]

ECFA AWARD 2012

ON THE SLY: 1. Clever or cunning, especially in the practice of deceit. 2. Stealthy or surreptitious: took a sly look at the letter on the table. 3. Playfully mischievous: a sly laugh. Idiom:   In a way intended to escape notice: took extra payments on the sly. In 2011 ECFA (European Children’s Film Association) [...]

What 2 do if 2012 is tough on u?

Beijing fireworks photo:telegraph.co.uk

”Last Train Home ” is an award winning documentary of a massive migration of 130 million people across China every year around this day, the Chinese New Year: Handpicked from various media sources: BE THANKFUL that you don’t already have everything you desire. If you did, what would there be to look forward to? Be thankful [...]

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