Revista Lumière – Acontecimientos 2013

The participation in a collaborative project for the year’s most memorable moments is undoubtedly quite challenging and sometimes interesting job too. Despite the fact that I really appreciate and feel honored by the invitation, I should admit that I’m usually not in favor of this kind of lists. The typical “enforcement” to compare different films and to classify them has always been beyond my preferences. Luckily the absence of these restrictions in Lumière’s project make me feel free just to scatter my ideas from 2013 and simply share them as a journal. Furthermore the fact that professionals from all over the world would also add their personal choices makes that project really intriguing.

My 2013 has been probably a dull cinematic year, of course there have been films that are worth mentioned but I couldn’t really find the distinguishing one that will have a special place for the future. For that reason I divided the films in different lists just to give more space to my choices.

Fortunately this was a year full of new discoveries. The selected ones could cover a wide range of genres and styles and most of them are debut feature-films and participated in various film festivals.

Yuri Esposito (3)Yuri Esposito

10 Discoveries (in no particular order):

  • Salvo by Fabio Grassadonia & Antonio Piazza – Italy
  • Piccola Patra (Small Homeland) by Alessandro Rossetto – Italy
  • Uroki Garmonii (Harmony Lessons) by Emir Baigazin – Kazakhstan
  • Les Rencontres d’Après Minuit (You and the Night) by Yann Gonzalez – France
  • Intimnye Mesta (Intimate Parts) by Aleksey Chupov & Natasha Merkulova – Russia
  • Miele by Valeria Golino – Italy
  • Medeas by Andrea Pallaoro – USA / Italy
  • Mary is Happy, Mary is Happy by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit – Thailand
  • La Fille du 14 Juillet by Antonin Peretjatko – France
  • Yuri Esposito by Alessio Fava – Italy

Apart from the discoveries, there have been some already known filmmakers whose films’ captured my attention but for different reasons could not be chosen as the most essentials of the year.

Child's PosePoziția Copilului (Child’s Pose)

10 Films to Watch (in no particular order):

  • Ruin by Amiel Courtin-Wilson & Michael Cody – Australia
  • Jîn by Reha Erdem – Turkey
  • Paradies: Hoffnung (Paradise: Hope) by Ulrich Seidl – Austria
  • La Fille de Nulle Part (The Girl from Nowhere) by Jean-Claude Brisseau – France
  • Metéora by Spiros Stathoulopoulos – Germany / Greece
  • Gloria by Sebastián Lelio – Chile
  • Mahi Va Gorbeh (Fish & Cat) by Shahram Mokri – Iran
  • La Cinquième Saison (The Fifth Season) by Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth – Belgium
  • Poziția Copilului (Child’s Pose) by Călin Peter Netzer – Romania
  • L’Inconnu du Lac (Stranger by the Lake) by Alain Guiraudie – France

Certainly the most variable and difficult list of all is the one with the most important films. There is no particular perceptive behind these choices as they are simply those that marked my 2013 for minor or major motives. These motives could certainly be either pure cinematic or even deeply personal.

La Vie d'AdeleLa Vie d’Adèle

10 Important Films (in no particular order):

  • The Congress by Ari Folman – Israel
  • Nugu-ui ttal-do anin Haewon (Nobody’s Daughter Haewon) by Hong Sang-soo – South Korea
  • Le Passé (The Past) by Asghar Farhadi – France / Iran
  • Camille Claudel 1915 by Bruno Dumont – France
  • Nebesnye Zheny Lugovykh Mari (Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari) by Aleksey Fedorchenko – Russia
  • Krugovi (Circles) by Srdan Golubović – Serbia
  • V Tumane (In the Fog) by Sergei Loznitsa – Belarus
  • La Grande Bellezza (The Great Beauty) by Paolo Sorrentino – Italy
  • La Vie d’Adèle by Abdellatif Kechiche – France
  • Les Salauds (Bastards) by Claire Denis – France

Finally there are two experimental films that could not be listed above and deserve a special mention

RedemptionRedemption by Miguel Gomes – Portugal

FoudreFoudre (Lightning) by Manuela Morgaine – France

If I had to keep one DVD release that would definitely be a lost masterpiece of the digital era, the complete 13-hour version of Jacques Rivette’s magnum opus OUT 1 by the German company absolut-MEDIEN.

Out 1 (2)OUT 1, noli me tangere (1971)

I would like to close this year’s retrospect with the most significant release of 2013 that I’m still expecting to watch.

History of the Arkanar Massacre (1)History of the Arkanar Massacre by Aleksei German – Russia

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