Films byTexts by 1996
Article FR EN
17.11.2021

In Italy, in the mid-seventies, Adriana, Barbara, Nadia and Susanna were 20 years old when they decided to join the Red Brigades, often seen as the largest communist terrorist organization in post-war Italy. After having returned after many years in prison, filmmaker Loredana Bianconi films these four women as they try, each one of them, to recount their own experiences. In Do You Remember Revolution (1997) they speak about the political reasons which initially sustained them, the conflicts, the doubts, and the moments of being torn apart which market out their lives as women caught up in the vortex of war. Bianconi: “A journey that leads to the condemnation of armed struggle and the pain caused by the destruction of lives – the lives of victims and their own.”

Article FR EN
17.11.2021

En Italie, au milieu des années 70, Adriana, Barbara, Nadia et Susanna ont 20 ans quand elles décident d’entrer dans la lutte armée, de quitter leur vie sociale et leur famille pour faire de la révolution le centre et le but de leur existence. Elles rejoignent les Brigades rouges, considérées comme la plus grande organisation terroriste communiste d’après-guerre en Italie, et y deviennent des personnages clés. Après de longues années de prison, la réalisatrice Loredana Bianconi filment les quatre femmes alors qu’ils essayent de raconter chacune leur propre expérience. Dans Do You Remember Revolution (1997), elles parlent des raisons politiques qui les ont d’abord soutenues, des conflits, des doutes, des déchirures qui ont marqué leur vie de femme prise dans le tourbillon de la guerre. Bianconi : Un parcours qui débouche sur la condamnation de la lutte armée et sur la douleur due à la destruction de vies : celle des victimes et la leur.

FILM
Lana Wachowski, Lilly Wachowski, 1996, 109’

Tough ex-con Corky and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet’s crooked boyfriend Caesar.

 

Article EN
20.01.2021

Shadi Abdel Salam carried two cultures within him: he was born and raised in Alexandria, and his mother and maternal ancestors came from Al-Minieh. He travelled in two worlds: that of the cosmopolitan city of Alexandria and its rich Hellenic heritage, and that of Al-Minieh, the pearl of Upper Egypt, imbued with traditions and customs drawing their rigidity from distant pharaonic origins. Although he looked like a noble cavalier, with matching gentleman-like qualities, fluent in English, French and Italian, he always remained that austere son of Upper Egypt, linked to his ancestors who lie inside the tombs dug into the hills of Thebes by a very long history.

Article EN
20.01.2021

On 16 December 1969, The Mummy was shown for the first time to the audience of the Cairo Film Club, which included many intellectuals. In the dark, Shadi Abdel Salam waited for the reaction of his family and friends to this new work of art. All were moved by the film’s sober technique and by its theme, which was deeply touching for Egyptians: a sacred theme presented in a new form – the language of film – and accompanied by the sincerity that’s in harmony with this people.

Article EN
20.01.2021

A biographical chronicle of Egyptian screenwriter, costume and set designer, and filmmaker Shadi Abdel Salam (1930-1986) narrated by means of a collection of excerpted interviews.

“I am from both Upper Egypt and Alexandria … the son of conservative families from Minya and Alexandria. My father was a lawyer, a man of the law … My name is Shādī Muhammad Mahmūd ‘Abd al-Salām.”

FILM
David Cronenberg, 1996, 100’

After getting into a serious car accident, a TV director discovers an underground sub-culture of scarred, omnisexual car-crash victims who use car accidents and the raw sexual energy they produce to try to rejuvenate his sex life with his wife.

 

FILM
Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, 1996, 90’

Roger uses his son Igor to ruthlessly traffic and exploit undocumented immigrants. When one of the immigrants is killed, Igor is guilt-ridden and wants to care for the dead man's family against his father’s orders.

 

FILM
Brian De Palma, 1996, 110’

“I’ve always had the inverse quote to Godard: film lies 24 times a second. And anybody that’s used to using moving images like a film director, when we see stuff on TV, it’s all positioning and public relations, there’s not an ounce of truth to any of it.

FILM
The Day a Pig Fell into the Well
Hong Sang-soo, 1996, 115’

“The women are the true heroes, the brave ones. Violated (defeated?), as they are, they remain the masters of time, of the time that divides the past and the present of the story, of all the time lost to the men.

FILM
John Smith, 1996, 14’

Blight was made in collaboration with the composer Jocelyn Pook. It revolves around the building of the M11 Link Road in East London, which provoked a long and bitter campaign by local residents to protect their homes from demolition.

FILM
Johan van der Keuken, 1996, 245’

In this documentary on the international city of Amsterdam, the director has taken a careful look at a variety of the city’s inhabitants, tracing their activities and roots out into third-world countries and regions and back to the city again.

Article NL
7.03.2016

Maar er was een koppigheid in zijn bewustzijn, dat van een eenzame man die door zijn camera heen reageerde op wat hij zag, in een poging om te onderscheiden waar het goede en waar het kwade was, waar, in wat hij zag, de krachten van de dingen schuilde. Men voelde duidelijk zijn twijfel. En te midden van de strijd, van de twijfel, was er plotseling de vastberadenheid: zo’n standpunt, zo’n kader.

Compilation NL FR EN
14.02.2015

“Exactly half my life was spent in the dark. My life itself was in the dark. I’ve never seen my life in focus. It’s all been a blurred image.”

Compilation NL FR EN
31.01.2013

“Cinema is important to me. It’s like a prism. A good film... is part of my life. With every good film I see, I feel reborn.”