The shadows of the smile
Direction: Kore-eda Hirokazu
The very film about the film from the South is also this year's Golden Winner from Cannes. The personalized Japanese calm of Hirokazu Kore-eda is also regular in Norwegian cinemas and two years ago he was also an honorary guest in the movie From South. Many of them were fascinated by his completely unique and sometimes secret view of everyday little and great threats in the form of hidden emotions, secrets and dreams originally contained in the films "Like Father, Son" (2013), "Sisters" (2015) and recently "After the Storm" (2016).
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With his new "Shoplifters," Kore-eda re-enters into a story about family relationships, a warm day to day life and so bad sides that the film carries a bad conscience all over the world on his thin shoulders. This is a family in a big city that lives from theft and fraud and where everyone can help, children and sisters, grandmother and everyone. Or how does this really represent this seemingly "family" past relationship? When the father and son take care of a five-year-old girl who is obviously abused by her own parents, the whole foundation of family affairs shrinks, and the "kidnapping" reveals that this otherwise cheerful gang has secrets that do not tolerate daylight and a little chaotic – Leigh convinced to make a socio-realistic career in Japan – Kore-eda tells a story in two long journals where mysticism goes deeper than the conscience of some characters.
These are poverty, child poverty, class division, and starting point where individuals can be sacrificed for profit. Still, the film and its fate are based on how the idea and humanism go through basic qualities such as survival instincts and patience. Restless film can not smile.
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Unique music documents
"Matangi / Maya / M. I."
Director: Steve Loverigde
Why is M.I.A. a pop star who often ends up in the spotlight as well as his activism as his music? "Matangi / Maya / MIA" provides many answers to how Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam or MIA has become one of the most innovative pop stars at the crossroads of pop, hip hop, dance and electronics, becoming one of the sharpest social activists both on and off the scene. The film not only illustrates life beyond ordinary, but also as a daughter of the founder of the Tamil Empire, who has been involved in the war in Sri Lanka and has become one of the world's greatest pop stars. The student of art itself becomes a documentary film and the material that makes this film is her own recording. But she gave them a childhood friend and classmate Steve Loverigde, who put them together with clips from concerts, videos, interviews, and more, as well as at meetings with M.I.A. has even achieved the great feelings and dedication created by a truly unique artist. The film tells the story of childhood and flight to England, over the youth and the glorious beginnings of the artist to the world celebrity and the famous Super Bowl finger with Madonna. "Matangi / Maya / M.I.A" is something as rare as a politically engaged and wise musical documentary.
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No male appearance
Director: Marcelo Matinessi
"Paraguayan Heroes" or "Las Heredas," which originated from the original language, were thanks to Norwegian support through the South Fund program and nothing less than the first feature film of this South American country. Here we meet Ana Brun and Margarita Irun in the roles of Chel and Chiquita, two middle-aged women who live together and share everything apart from the debt. When Chiquita's debt burden becomes so great that she may be in jail, Chela becomes a subordinate and introvert in stiff relationships, encouraging her new friend to take over her job as a driver of other girlfriends, although she was never allowed to drive the car before. Her path is both literal and symbolic in a dogmatic society in which gender roles are deeply rooted and hard rock. Marcelo Matinessi is a director who has created a beautiful drama about love, rebellion, and women of various women in society. An important feature of the visual design of the film is that it does not contain a single male look. Several men who, for practical reasons, get into the picture. It also becomes a strong symbolic film about the status of women in conservative and patriarchal society.
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Borders from Kenya
Director: Wanuri Kahiu
"Rafiki" is one of the most popular films last year, good and bad. It is basically a cute, loving and enchanting film about two works that attract each other through class and cultural education. In the European context, it is purely innocent in the way in which physical attractiveness is depicted, but in its home country led to illumination and threats of violence, imprisonment, punishment and the worse. The reason is that Kenya has long been one of the worst countries independent of the continent in terms of lack of recognition and rights for homosexuals and people associated with the LHBTI + community. The order to be unveiled is up to 14 years and the imprisonment was possible without an arrest warrant. The law itself is a heritage of colonial times, and although it is committed to greater acceptance and freedom, even legally through organization and political lobbying, it is conservative in advance and traditions are so firmly established that homosexual violence is virtually followed by violence. Director Wanuri Kahiu arrives in Oslo in connection with the screening of the film, which also has a Norwegian company on the production side through the South Foundation.
Read the interview with director Rafiki Wanuri Kahiu: "How can I tell my children that they arrested me?
Popular Art Kusama
Director: Heather Lenz
Japan / USA
From Kusama to Høvikodden. Photo by Mimsy Møller
This documentary will inspire not only the broad listening mass flowing to the exhibition with Yayoi Kusam at the Henie Onstad Art Center in Høvikodden in 2016. The almost 90-year-old Japanese artist has unparalleled art and all who have seen her at Henie Onstad, it is not over. Colors are very little for her, imagination does not know the boundaries and makes dots and color combinations that no one else has done before. But "polka dot queen" is much more than an endless series of dots. It has a long life of artistic, activist and iconic, since the revolt of the last half century, despite the mental breakdown and resistance from the established ones who almost broke it as an independent artist and human being. So late in life, the status of a world star in the art scene that came much later than it should. Informative, entertaining and rich documentary Heather Lenz is dedicated not only to art, but also to its long struggle to get where it is today, from strict upbringing in conservative Japanese hieraki to full-blown freedom.
Read Dagsavisen's overview of the Kusama Exhibition in Henie Onstad Art Center: Entertainment and Gratitude for the Soul and Body
Epic from China
«Ash is the purest white»
Director: Jia Zhangke
A closer look at the epic novel about today's China, which is seen in difficult love, is not coming. Add betting sites, honest codecs, broken promises, and time offsets that have tried it all. Jia Zhangke is one of the main Chinese directors who created his own film language to portray the country and people characterized by great coup. The most famous for Norwegian is "24 City" and "Touch of Sin," but "Ash is the purest white", he will be able to defend the success story of the stories, almost in the face of the novel. It is in three parts, first as something close to the genre film, where gangsters are also grown by a young woman who falls in love with the gang leader. When he sacrifices and goes to prison to punish the punishment, both questions, feelings, and time colonies are frustrated. She never goes to her as he goes through the years, and when he goes, he seeks for the search for that which guides us into the cross-section of not only Chinese society, but also in the mental instincts of men – Zhao Tao, as in the Juju Zhangke a leading role as a woman who falls into a gangster in one of China's rural small towns and ends in a very big story where the smallest details are the most important.
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«Would you like to play stars?»
Director: Emir Baigazin
Emir Baigazin is one of the main guests of the films in the south and three of his films, including Norwegian production "The River", which appeared at this year's Venice Film Festival, will appear. We recommend a newer title, a black-and-white melancholic pearl "Would you like to star?" Which, in its outer and inner poetic landscape, recalls the later films of Andrej Tarkovsky, which have only a narrower shape. In this film, she examines not only the inner love of love, but she raises it into an abstract, dreamy story about class, coincidence, belonging, and desire. About a young man, as an evening at a restaurant where he works, helps an occasional young woman who has lost a debit card. In a beautiful black and white landscape that alternates from overcrowded, rainy cities in the open landscape, it creates a melancholy mood between the two and the intimacy they share. They spent the night and night together, wandering, talking, looking as if they both knew it could not take longer than light broke the spell and no one could predict what would happen. In less than an hour, Baigazin will create a film poem that contains something almost the whole life of emotions.
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Easier to relate to purely narrative but much harder topic are "Harmonic Lessons," the first major film success Emir Baigazin. With Kazakhstan, as a background, he uses both humankind and evil and the uncompromising infinity of his homeland as the basis of the film about a boy who becomes a victim of innocent classmates. Again, there is a chain reaction of violence at the mental and physical levels. The school becomes a miniature of a society where extortion, corruption, and abuse of power are taking place in a given system, shot in a way that leaves consciousness. The inequalities are transported by the film language, which is infinitely impressive to be what has once been the rain for the attacker.
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