Re: [Videolib] film suggestions please

Jessica Rosner (
Mon, 31 Mar 2003 08:41:09 -0500

so Milos tell us what you really think.
Actually it is nice to have someone else rant for a change

( who likes slow AND fast movies)

Jessica Rosner
Kino International
333 W 39th St. 503
NY NY 10018

> From: Milos Stehlik <> > Reply-To:, > Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2003 15:26:02 -0600 > To:, > Subject: RE: [Videolib] film suggestions please > > I've heard this comment (it's slow, nothing happens) about so many films so > often about so many films from so many people that most of the time it's > just not worth the argument, but I have to ask: > > what, exactly, is WRONG with SLOW? Not everything in life has to be reduced > to fast food. And perhaps even more important, what is wrong with > experimental? > > And isn't it the function of film festivals to show precisely those films > which audiences will have a more difficult time dealing with? Otherwise, why > not just take over the multiplex for the weekend, call it a film festival, > and let the corporate chain in California book it? > > Life in Palestine, I would presume, is also slow, (let's face it, it doesn't > set any records for the percentage of population employed) unless, of > course, you happen to step into violence. I would argue that much happens in > DIVINE INTERVENTION which is underneath the surface. It happens at a > visceral level which touches on the deep personal anxiety, the absurdity of > trying to live anything resembling a "normal" life (or maintain a personal > relationship) and the rage which infects so many living there. > > In this, Suleiman accomplishes something new -- a view from the inside. He > NEEDED that slowness to gradually strip off the surface layers and reveal to > us the naked characters, in all their vulnerability. > > Lots of filmmakers (Antonioni, Angelopoulos, Kiarostami, Akerman, Tarkovsky, > Sokhurov to name a few could be accused of that same slowness. > > As for the ending of DIVINE INTERVENTION being anti-Israeli, I think that > does Suleiman an injustice; it's too reductive a characterization. He has > made films with Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai and is far too smart to think > that the Palestinian issue has a simple (or single) answer or point of view. > Just read some of his interviews. > > We could all use a little more slowness in our lives just about right now - > a rush to action or a rush to judgment has rarely proven to be the just way > to go. > > Milos Stehlik > Facets Multi-Media, Inc. > 1517 West Fullerton Avenue > Chicago, IL 60614 USA > Voice: 1-773-281-9075 > FAX: 1-773-929-5437 > > > > > -----Original Message----- > From: > []On Behalf Of Steve > Fesenmaier > Sent: Sunday, March 30, 2003 2:37 PM > To: > Subject: Re: [Videolib] film suggestions please > > > I just watched DIVINE INTERVENTION and thought the film was amazingly > slow....I have seen the director's earlier film, CHRONICLE OF A > DISAPPEARANCE, which was also slow. His films are experimental in > nature. The ending of DIVINE is certainly totally anti-Israeli....I know > the film has gotten much acclaim....but I think that only film experts > will enjoy it....I doubt if even very many Palestinians would enjoy > it...since almost nothing happens....sorta WAITING FOR GODOT in > was beautifully made....few words are ever said...and > almost all of the action is trivial, daily things....I told our local > foreign film festival NOT to show it in May...purely because its > experimental design will alienate 90 % of all viewers. - Steve > Fesenmaier. Graffiti film critic - > > > _______________________________________________ > Videolib mailing list > > > > _______________________________________________ > Videolib mailing list > >

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