“Fire at Sea” & “Le Pointe Courte”

Gianfranco Rosi’s Fire at Sea documents the parallel worlds of refugees and residents on the South Mediterranean island of Lampedusa; the takes are long, giving the viewer time to meditate on the unfolding refugee disaster. fireatseaLike Agnes Varda’s 1964 film La Pointe Courte, the director employs local residents to be themselves, providing a context for a world beyond our comprehension. lepointecourteFishermen, it seems, understand the fragility of life. And yet, for all its powerful imagery – foil blankets electric at night, a perfectly made bed – there is something missing. 08fireatsea3-master675The images are not what they could be, still and empty perhaps as intended, but also missing the chance to engage and draw the viewer in. That said, it’s still the best film of the year.

Looking-Outness in Film: Murnau, Ozu & Varda

I dream of looking outside the image.

F.W. Murnau's "Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans" (1927)

F.W. Murnau’s “Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans” (1927)

Escaping from the frame.

Yasujiro Ozu's "Tokyo Story" (153)

Yasujiro Ozu’s “Tokyo Story” (153)

Considering what could be.

Agnes Varda's "Le Pointe Courte"

Agnes Varda’s “Le Pointe Courte” (1954)

Getting my head on different.