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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Cinematic Beauty

Nebula: Ant Nebula
Mood: Workaholic
Song * Plej

We just wrapped up a small film festival in our art house in Beirut with a six-film program proposed by the French magazine Les Cahiers du Cinéma, with the presence of its editor-in-chief Jean-Michel Frodon who looked enchanted to be speaking in front of a packed theater every night!

The selection was the following:

4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days
by Cristian Mungiu (Romania, 2007)
Palme D'Or Winner, Cannes Film Festival 2007

Actresses (Dreams of the Night Before)
by Valeria Bruni-Tedeschi (France, 2007)
Jury Prize, Un Certain Regard, Cannes Film Festival 2007

by Alexander Sokurov (Russia, 2007)

Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival 2007

The Caiman
by Nanni Moretti (Italy, 2006)

Official Selection, Cannes Film Festival 2006

The Man Without a Past
by Aki Kaurismaki (Finland, 2002)
Grand Prize, Jury Prize, Best Actress Prize, Cannes Film Festival 2002

by Claire Denis (France, 2004)
Official Selection, Venice Film Festival 2004

I loved the Romanian film. It strikes you with its harshness. Actresses was a little surprise. I didn't expect to like it but it's alright. It has its moments. The Man Without a Past is awesome. Moretti was a little let-down. I expected more from him for this film in which he tackles Berlusconi in bold. The Intruder was the most difficult of the selection, but I can't say I liked it. I didn't know where Denis was taking me, and I'm not sure I wanted to go with her path anyway.

But the real film was Aleksandra. I have already seen it in Cannes but couldn't refrain myself from watching it again. A film about the war without a single trace of blood. This film is not only art, cinema and whatever you want. It's pure poetry, as any film by Sokurov. This man is a genius. He's one of the reasons that makes me love cinema.

Beauty is a very striking element in Sokurov's film.

To face up to his genius, here's a striking image of Mz 3 (Menzel 3) a bipolar planetary nebula, also known as the Ant Nebula due to its shape.

So do you prefer Sokourov's beauty or the natural beauty of the Universe?



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