Jia Zhang-ke, a Guy from Fenyang (Jia Zhang-ke, um Homem de Fenyang), by Walter Salles (Brazil, 2014)

* 53rd New York Film Festival Follow the guy(de) by Elie Aufsseesser (special collaboration) “Memory is a poet, not a historian” – Paul Geraldy Shortly after Jia Zhang-ke presented his latest film, Mountains May Depart (2015), at the 53rd NYFF, another movie at the festival took the task of tracing the genealogy of his past work. The man behind it is Brazilian director Walter Salles, friend and admirer of Jia Zhang-ke. Shooting abroad has been a constant characteristic in many of Salles’ films – Portugal … Read more Jia Zhang-ke, a Guy from Fenyang (Jia Zhang-ke, um Homem de Fenyang), by Walter Salles (Brazil, 2014)

Gyeongju (South Korea, 2014), by Zhang Lu

A well-framed journey by Aaron Cutler (special collaboration) A man leaving the airport stops in his tracks and lifts a cigarette to his nose. A little girl soon approaches, telling him he can’t smoke. He replies that he’s not smoking, only smelling, and shows her the cigarette, which he bought specially in China. He is a Korean professor who lives and teaches there, but the girl does not seem impressed. An old acquaintance soon tells him that, “You’re the sorriest-looking professor I’ve ever seen.” These … Read more Gyeongju (South Korea, 2014), by Zhang Lu

In search of the future

The trails of Brazilian cinema by Hernani Heffner (special collaboration) Of all Brazilian artistic manifestations, cinema can be considered one of the youngest, but also one that had a big, albeit very specific, impact. Its path, however, is almost always dissociated from the major development lines of Brazilian culture. For example, cinema didn’t take part in the Modern Art Week of 1922, a landmark of both stance and formulation of the nature of Brazilian culture, whose heritage was only incorporated at a much latter stage … Read more In search of the future