emptiness

Knife in the Clear Water – Xuebo Wang (2016)

In 2011, Béla Tarr presented his last feature film, The Turin Horse. The film, in which he had stripped everything bare, contains a lot of iconic images. There is the daughter sitting in front of…


A Love Unknown – John Clang (2020)

There are films that you watch. And there are films that you feel. Both forms have been part of my life for quite some time now. Some films go deeper than others, but that doesn’t…



Kaili Blues – Bi Gan (2015)

It is impossible to retain a past thought, to seize a future thought, and even to hold onto a present thought. There couldn’t be a better beginning to a film than this extract of the…


Landscape / Character

The end of the year proves to be busy, and it’s not easy at the moment to sit down and watch a film. I hope that I soon get to see Wang Bing’s Dead Souls. This…


Pripyat – Nikolaus Geyrhalter (1999)

A woman is walking through a dead landscape. Nature has taken over what Man has built. It’s wilderness we see. “These wild apples grew after the accident. There weren’t apples here before,” she says while…


Man With No Name – Wang Bing (2010)

Anonymity and intimacy – these two characteristics work hand in hand in Wang Bing’s Man With No Name (2010), which is a mere glimpse of the life of a hermit, given the director’s otherwise very extensive…


Visitor – Sebastian Cordes (2018)

“It is said that man has always wandered. Out of need or curiosity, across deserts and oceans.” This is how the new feature film by Danish director Sebastian Cordes begins. After his Bolivia-set A Place…



Vanità – Kevin Pontuti (2017)

A bare room. The walls are seemingly made of cold stone. The lighting is low, the darkness overpowers the image, which director Kevin Pontuti has created at the beginning of his new short film Vanità (2017)….