"I’m interested in seeing films that confront me with new things, with films that make me question myself, with films that help me to reflect on subjects that I hadn’t thought about before, films that help me progress and advance. Those are the kinds of films that interest me. For me, personally, I think watching a movie that simply confirms my feelings is a waste of time. That applies not only to movies, but also to books and every form of art."
Still from Amour (2012, dir. Michael Haneke)
Leviathan (Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Verena Paravel, 2012)
I try to mimic the pattern of memory and of thinking and the randomness of life. It’s like a journey. That is the main thing about the beauty of life; that you don’t cram. And not only beauty, but also the fact that there is never a concrete thing in life. I want the movie to be a tool of liberation.
Elina Brotherus, 12 Years After (1999-2012).
Great debut album from Melbourne band ‘New Gods’.
Hopper Meditations by Richard Tuschman
Hopper Meditations is a personal photographic response to the work of the American painter, Edward Hopper. I have always loved the way his paintings, with an economy of means, are able to address the mysteries and complexities of the human condition. Placing one or two figures in humble, intimate settings, Hopper created quiet scenes that are psychologically compelling with open-ended narratives. In this way, I like to think of my images as dramas for a small stage, with the figures as actors in a one or two character play. The characters’ emotional states can seem to waver paradoxically between reverie and alienation, or perhaps between longing and resignation. Dramatic lighting heightens the emotional overtones, but any final interpretation, along with each character’s story, is ultimately left for the viewer to ponder.
Cinema to me is one of the most powerful forms of expression that I think exists in our world today. It’s much different than seeing a painting. It’s much different than reading a book. It’s much different than listening to music. And in some ways, it’s an accumulation of all of those elements. There’s a hundred answers to what is cinema, but to me cinema is this form of expression that’s really dense and multilayered and can touch a person on more levels than any other form of expression that I know of. And when it does that, and when it does it well, you have this sublime experience that I think is unequaled.
"I have become tired of cinema. The so-called entertainment value of films in recent years, the mechanisms of the market, and the constant pandering to popular taste, all disgust me. I don’t feel the need to keep making films or, to put it more bluntly, to make the kinds of films that expect the patronage of cinema audiences anymore. I keep asking myself: what is cinema? Why make films? Who am I doing this for? Who is the mass audience? Are they the people who watch Spielberg movies? Frankly speaking, I am not interested in this at all… I can’t make films for the system. Cinema as an object of consumption limits my creativity. I feel disorientated by the speed imposed on us. For me, slowness is a technique, an instrument helping me to find a path through this disorientation."
Born October 27, 1957
Oslo, 31. august (2011) - directed by: Joachim Trier