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Fog of War – Battles

Photogénie's Ruben Demasure has been selected as a Young Critics Trainee at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and will report here throughout the festival.

How do people deal with the traces of military conflict? In often absurd ways, Belgian filmmaker Isabelle Tollenaere finds out. Her feature debut, Battles, premiering in Bright Future, explores this question through four different cases. Continue Reading →

Half-Life – La Obra del Siglo (The Project of the Century)

Photogénie's Ruben Demasure has been selected as a Young Critics Trainee at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and will report here throughout the festival.

On the site of a never-completed power plant in Cuba, a son’s return electrifies the relationship with his workless father and his bitter grandfather. With great chemistry going on between them, these three generations of Cubans form a bruised bunch, all forced to live together – an existence marked by the absence of women. The real protagonist of La Obra del Siglo however is possibly the place where the story is rooted. Electro-Nuclear City (ENC) is a little-known construction site where the Soviets once planned to build the first nuclear power station on Cuban soil. However, this ‘project of the century’ (hence the English title), was never completed due to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Cuban filmmaker Carlos M. Quintela, in competition with his second feature, interlaces the situation of the former construction workers, who have stayed behind in the temporary housing units, with archival footage of the project. Continue Reading →

Clashing Collage – Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes)

Photogénie's Ruben Demasure has been selected as a Young Critics Trainee at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and will report here throughout the festival.

Former IFFR Critic Trainee Juan Daniel F. Molero is back at the festival with his first feature-length fiction, Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes), screening in the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition. “The film is a lot at the same time”, sounds like an understatement for Molero’s mash-up. Continue Reading →

Appetites and Aspirations – Banana Pancakes and the Children of Sticky Rice

Photogénie's Ruben Demasure has been selected as a Young Critics Trainee at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and will report here throughout the festival.

Backpacking through Laos in search of adventure and authenticity, director Daan Veldhuizen was intrigued by the relationship between the local people and the increasing influx of tourists. The idea for his second feature-length documentary was thus born. Banana Pancakes and the Children of Sticky Rice premieres in IFFR’s Bright Future section. Continue Reading →

Cinephilia’s Ghost. João Bénard da Costa – Others Will Love the Things I Loved

Photogénie's Ruben Demasure has been selected as a Young Critics Trainee at the International Film Festival Rotterdam and will report here throughout the festival.

“It makes no sense going to the theater to watch films if one lacks the desire to prolong that very experience by means of words, conversations, writing.” What better way to kick off Photogénie’s coverage of the International Film Festival Rotterdam than with these words from João Bénard da Costa in Manuel Mozos’s new film, playing in the Signals Regained section. João Bénard da Costa – Others Will Love the Things I Loved is a homage to the eponymous Portuguese cinephile. Bénard, who passed away in 2009, was a major advocate of film culture in his country, but remains largely unknown outside the Portuguese-speaking community. He was the assistant director and subsequent director of the Cinemateca Portuguesa from 1980 until his death. He was a critic for the newspapers Público and O Independente and author of Os Filmes da Minha Vida (1990), books on the musical genre, Portuguese film history, next to monographic studies on Hitchcock, Buñuel, Lang, Ford, von Sternberg, Ray and Hawks. Bénard acted in films by Raúl Ruiz and mainly Manoel de Oliveira – that other Portuguese film legend of which an essayistic portrait, Les Gants Blancs, premieres in the same Signals Regained section. Continue Reading →

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Technical Difficulties

We’re having some technical difficulties with our regular site, so we’ve decided to dig up the very first version of Photogénie. Media archeology in action!

Our regular home will be down at least until after the weekend, but we’ll post the updates from our guy Ruben at the International Film Festival Rotterdam right here. Stay tuned!

(pictured above: Charley Bowers & co. in Egged On – 1926)