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Slow Cinema and Chinese Painting I

The results of research into this area will come in parts over the next two or three weeks as it would otherwise be too long a blog entry. For those of you who have been…


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Day 17 – The Man from London (Tarr)

This film has to be in this year’s advent calendar. Bela Tarr’s The Man from London (2007) was the very first slow film I watched. It was the beginning of a deep love, and a…


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Day 16 – El cant dels ocells (Serra)

Time to return to Europe, and yet another classic. A contemporary classic, though. Spanish director Albert Serra is one of the regulars in Slow Cinema. Especially El cant dels ocells (2008) is often quoted, mainly because it contains…


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Day 10 – Krisana (Kelemen)

In some ways, I stick to Bela Tarr. Fred Kelemen, German filmmaker and cinematographer, had been a regular at Tarr’s set. He was cinematographer for his latest and last film, The Turin Horse (2011), for…


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Day 9 – Journey on the Plain (Tarr)

It was new to me that Béla Tarr directed a short film called Journey on the Plain in 1995, a year after the release of his seven-hour epic (and masterpiece) Sátántángo. I was only familiar with the…


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Day 5 – Florentina Hubaldo, CTE (Diaz)

I admit that I have cheated a bit. I didn’t watch the whole six hours in one go. Not the second time. I did so the first time, though. I watched it at the Edinburgh…


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Day 4 – Daughter…Father…Daughter (Rezaee)

Day four allowed me to leave the cramped Chinese apartment. Instead I moved to an era of Iran I thought never existed. If anything, we do not imagine Iran to be country of magnificent landscapes….