A bitter sweet symphony in modern China – Forgetting to Know You by Quan Ling >> 63rd Berlinale

Berlinale Forum: FORGETTING TO KNOW YOU / MO SHENG (2013) by first-time director Quan Ling. Henry David Thoreau once wrote: “The masses of men lead lives of quiet desperation”. That is somewhat the state of being in the film debut of writer and director Quan Ling FORGETTING TO KNOW YOU. A young couple struggles through…

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When memory goes digital

An interview with writer & director Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit of 36 XJ = Xu Jia. NT = Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit. Caution: contents are emotional! XJ: How did you come up with the idea of this film? NT: I think it was six years ago, when I went to Berlin Film Festival and had to stay in a…

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You can’t go home again – Our Homeland by Yang Yonghi >> Stockholm IFF 2012

Our Homeland is director Yang Yonghi’s first feature, after her two acclaimed documentaries on how her brothers’ lives were in North Korea, together with a comparison with life of her and her parents’ in South Korea. Yang’s focus is always on her family, immigrant’s identity, separated Korean family and divided ideology. An interview with Yang…

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a brief history of Swedish film

Sweden has been a part of the film industry almost right from the start. As early as 1896, moving pictures were screened in Malmö. In the silent film era, Victor Sjöström and Mauritz Stiller created the Golden Age of the Swedish film, with masterpieces like Ingeborg Holm (Victor Sjöström, 1913) and Gösta Berlings saga (Mauritz…

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Clueless: a post-feminist propaganda

The First-wave feminism enabled women the right to vote, the Second-wave feminism entitled women with more equal rights in family and workplace, with more personal reproductive rights and such. However, after revolutions conducted and so many rights attained, instead of building a further and wider world of liberation and achievement, women are trapped in a…

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three teen films in post-Bergman Sweden

People usually equal Ingmar Bergman to Swedish films. To look more scientifically, according to Andrew Higson’s illustration of nation cinema: “to look inward, reflecting on the nation itself, on its past, present and future, its cultural heritage, its indigenous traditions, its sense of common identity and continuity… [and] to look out across its borders, asserting…

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Orlando as a feminist film

To depict Orlando (Sally Potter, 1992) as a feminist film and its protagonist Orlando played by Tilda Swinton as “a time-traveling feminist observer” requires us, in the first place, to have a close look at the definition of feminism. According to the Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories: feminism means “general respect for women’s own perspectives and…

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