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Description: An intimate look at the history of Brazilian drivers from the '70s to the '90s, an era in which Brazil dominated Formula 1 racing, from the colourful mission of view of its protagonists, especially Fittipaldi, Piquet and Senna, but without forgetting the drivers who failed to reach the profession's pinnacle, and the many behind-the-scenes helpers.
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Description: For a generation of young activists, the reality of war, imperialism, racism and the growing fragility of democratic liberalism was too much to handle. Force became a means to wrestle with this tension. As the discourse of a “country torn” finds its method into mainstream political analyses (for many the deep divisions in this country are not a fresh political reality), we could reflect on the writings of political dissidents and radicals. We could recognize the diversity of political analysis that is very much alive. The histories of armed struggle, if taken seriously, deliever us with a means to think more critically about the center, and complicate its claims of moral and political right.
Description: Whenever Erik van Loo – the show chef and owner of restaurant Parkheuvel in Rotterdam – thinks about potatoes, he everytime remembers his father's potato-crème-soup, a butcher from the province of Limburg. Erik still makes the same soup, if only a tiny more refined, to serve the patrons at Parkheuvel. Cees Helder, the first Dutch chef to be awarded a third Michelin star, was his predecessor. Helder handed over the restaurant at its peak and remembers the last piece of veal he prepared there with nice melancholy. The third key figure in this documentary about cooking as a form of art, taste en deep felt emotions is master taster Paul van Craenenbroeck, whose judgement was crucial in getting a Michelin star. Flavour and taste can never be transferred on film, but the appealing photography, rich in close-ups, tries to create the experience as tangible as possible. What begins with the birth of a lamb or grows on the oyster beds, ends up sparkling on a plate like a modern work of art.
Description: Fresh light is shed on Chopin himself, not least in the interpretation of the melody brought to life miraculously by the pretty young Russian pianist, Valentina Igoshina. She explains what the melody means to her and plays much of the melody contained in the movie in a specially recorded recital.
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Description: He was one of Germany's leading investment experts with an income of few million Euros per day. Now, he sits on one of the upper floors of an empty bank building in the middle of Frankfurt, overlooking a skyline of glass and steel. And talks. In an extended mix of a monologue and an in-depth interview, which is as frightening as it is fascinating, he shares his inside knowledge from a megalomaniac parallel globe where illusions are the market's hardest currency. Marc Bauder's 'Master of the Universe' is based on meticulous research and provides us with geniune insight into the notoriously secretive and self-protective 'universe' of which our nameless protagonist experiences himself a master. Where another movies on the financial meltdown have focused on the epic nature of larger-than-life business, Bauder probes the mentality that made it possible in the first place. A tense drama where psychology meets finance - two things that are more closely linked than you would like to believe.
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Water is the source of everything; our lives, our history, it has power, it is capable of sustaining life or destroying it, it holds communication from outer zone and it defines our future. It is also the longest border to Chile, contrastingly one of the driest territories on earth. These aquatic holistic musings are the basis of Patricio Guzmán's recent part documentary, part spiritual investigation into what makes his homeland what it is.The first thirty mins or so of The Pearl Button is an acc of what the ocean represents complemented with pretty imagery of the sea and ice-caps with poetic portrayals of the Andes semi-submerged geography. Although charmingly romantic, a simmering sensation of art-house dread begins to collect as the brain starts to wonder whether other hour of this is possible to sit through without cracking launch the wine. Luckily however, fascinating interviews with surviving members of the original indigenous Chilean tribes break up the daydream-like ocean fascinations as the film establishes a structure.The main turning mission of the movie is when Guzmán begins to document the comeback of Catholicism and the white Europeans to the country and their utter disregard for the indigenous people. 'Indian hunters' were paid ten shillings for each child's ear they should deliver from the tribes. The shift in focus is intentionally punitive and everything suddenly takes on a much solemner tone. Humanity's beauty and poetry is abruptly pivoted to humanity's cruelty and malice, the extremes visually harmonised to the oceans comparative calm and ferocity.The game of the film itself comes from the payment for which Jemmy Button, a native Yámana, received to travel to England as a freak present piece for a British naval captain. The idea of a tribesman travelling to London in the middle of the industrial revolution is so alien in today's globe that it's almost impossible to contemplate or truly understand.Guzmán's narration is almost hypnotic in its delivery and smartly complements both the holistic and the brutality of the story. Although the videography and cinematography are on opportunity exquisite, there are times when Guzmán allows himself a tiny too much constructive freedom and deviates into artful whimsy. These moments are relatively short however and manage to just about successfully weave into the documentary as a whole.The Pearl Button feels like an odd movie to sit through at times as you're not sure whether you're watching an art-house documentary about natures beauty or a harrowing critique of humanity's violence, but then that's the point. It leaves you scratching your head but is strong enough to truly receive under the skin.
"The Pearl Button," is the follow up work by renowned Chilean writer/director and documentarian, Patricio Guzman. Much like his mesmerizing 2010 documentary, "Nostalgia for the Light," "The Pearl Button," begins out showcasing the brilliance and natural beauty of the Chilean night sky. Only this time Guzman juxtaposes it vs the cool, sensual freshness of the land's natural, cascading waterways. Gently, Guzman shifts gears and slips in interviews with the indigenous Chileans and learns of a cosmic edifying method of life through the eyes of the elder Kawesqars, the ancient water nomads of Patogonia. Romantic stories of 600 mile adventures along the coastal seascape in miniature paddle boats were relived as if they emanated from other time and zone that couldn't exist today. And for all intents and purposes, it doesn't, except in the minds and lore of the elder Kawesqars. Due to modern shipping lanes and commercial fishing rights, the boat folks are no longer allowed to freely travel. Many younger members would hardly know how. It seems the modern generation is so busy surviving that they have forgotten how to live.The movie comes in at a quick moving eight-two minutes. It is shot in color with minimal color correction that deftly enhances the powerful cinematography provided by Katell Djian. Unsurprisingly, the look and feel of the shooting is related to Nostalgia for the Light, as Djian worked both. Yet, there is more to both movies than superb night sky spectacles and rich, ripe waterways or vast, barren deserts. Both movies call attention to the brutality of the Pinochet regime. Nostalgia for the Light, provides a pretty segway into the find for disappeared bodies much like the Chilean government searches the sky for disappeared stars. In "The Pearl Button," Guzman connects the cosmos and the essence of life to water calling to mind that humans ultimately evolved from aquatic life forms. And, the aquatic life forms sprang forth from a cosmic impulse detonated from a heavy energetic collision resulting in the first precursor of life, water, entering into the planetary environment. Water is the essence of life. And it remembers.However, as colonialism began to encroach, a fresh method of life emerged that was far various that the life the cosmos had revealed. Here Guzman indulges himself in a tiny Chilean lore of the legend of Jemmy Button. Jemmy Button was the representation of an ordinary indigenous Chilean. He was taken under the security of a British naval officer in exchange for a fancy pearl button. The officer took Jemmy back to Britain and learned Jemmy the methods of a British gentlemen. Jemmy attended the finest school and was dressed accordingly and even given a respectable haircut. After a year Jemmy was returned to his family and community. He never fit in again and lived the rest of his days as an outsider.Much can be made of the plight of Jemmy Button as Guzman uncovers and delivers other horrifying example of Pinochet's brutal attack on dissidents. Unnervingly and in a manner akin to a medical coroner, a recreation of how a body, not necessarily a corpse, would be disposed of seemingly without a trace. Real to most crimes, however, an error occurred in the process and a body washed a shore eventually revealing other episodic disappearance of dissidents. Most estimates accept that somewhere between 12,000 to 14,000 bodies were disposed into these once life giving waters. Nevertheless, Guzman finds optimism and hope for the future. During reclamation efforts, one of the instruments used to hasten the drowning and to hold the body submerged, was recovered without the typical barnacles attached. It was recovered with a pearl button attached.Guzman, once again, proves himself a gifted, master storyteller with both earthly and cosmic sensibilities. Highly recommended.
I personally have a certain mistrust for the films that attempt to affect the audience sentimentally; I do not favor my mind being taken hostage by the director through affection and tears which I think happened to some extent in Pearl Button. However this does not even slightly devalue this nice work of art in my opinion.The film explores the astonishing globe of the old natives and tries to visually search a language for the modern boy to understand this lost globe at least partially. It seems that a superb and special globe has been lost to us due to the arrogance of modernity, science and industrial age.The director tries to present the audience that this forgotten old globe was not the globe of mindless savages, as many wish us to trust for glorifying the progress of capitalism and modernity. I also love how the film draws the absurdity of the brutal crimes happened by the hands of oppressors in the face of the vast universe. Storyline of the Jemmy Button made a lot of sense to me as an immigrant and an Iranian. Jemmy Button lost his land, his freedom and his identity for some pearl buttons; when he returned to his land he was never able to be at peace with his fresh identity or his old methods of life again. For a second I re-thought myself as the Jemmy Button of the modern era. I felt that I was fooled by the shining pearl buttons which for me was the American Commercial Cinema, the Western false promises of corporate freedom, gratis store and the colorized advert of the American globalized consumerism and its methods of life. It seems that I and many like me are losing their sense of attachment with their ancestors and history. We are adapting this absurd but strong consumerist identity that has no true value like the pearl buttons, but is very shiny.
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