Nadin Mai

Inland Sea – Kazuhiro Soda (2018)

How can we understand slow films? What do they show, what do they tell us? At some point during my (previously academic) research, I came to the conclusion that every slow film deals with death….



Spoon – Laila Pakalnina (2019)

Before I say a single word about Laila Pakalnina’s new film Spoon (2019), I need to thank Elina Reitere and the Latvian Film Institute, who allow me to discover the filmography of Pakalnina. It is…




The Tree – André Gil Mata (2018)

Tarkovskian. Tarr-esque. Filmind. André Gil Mata’s The Tree had me thinking a lot, had me admire what I saw and had me marvel over the future of Slow Cinema. Mata is part of a growing…



Vitalina Varela – Pedro Costa (2019)

It is difficult, if not impossible, to think of a woman in film, who has such a magical, such an overpowering aura around her as does Pedro Costa’s Vitalina Varela. The minute she appears, stepping…


Slow Film Festival 2019

It’s been quiet on The Art(s) of Slow Cinema recently, but things will change very soon. Now that the Slow Film Festival is over, I have more time for writing and viewing films and I…


Ausma – Laila Pakalnina (2015)

How does one handle a film, which so strikingly resembles human memory, in particular traumatic memory? The Baltic states have had a tumultuous history, most of which isn’t known in the world, let alone in…