KEDI (Turkey – 2016) – Short Review

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Turkish director Ceyda Torun’s Kedi propose a singular look at the city of Istanbul through the eyes of its emblematic inhabitant: the street cat.

Ceyda Torun, who grew up in Istanbul, provides numerous portraits of individual felines with an obvious sympathetic view of an animal arguably very difficult to shoot with. Today’s light camera offer the opportunity to trail the furry beast and follow it in its footsteps and into alley cats territory. The shooting certainly took a lot of patience. And it is the most rewarding asset of the project.

A feature that goes beyond the cat video, while sharing its cuteness, Kedi unfortunately runs slightly out of gas halfway through. It introduces some insight and stories about the pussy invasion within the walls of the city but it simply does not furnish enough content to fill 80 minutes. These links about the immigration of our fellow with claws should have been extended to keep it going. But it simply doesn’t. Still, Kedi is a pleasurable adventure into the world of our favorite flea bag.

First date movie? Sure.

*** For Montrealers, the film started May 26th at Cinéma du Parc.

35e FIFA: Daniel Buren, L’Observatoire de la Lumière, Fondation Louis Vuitton

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Daniel Buren, L’Observatoire de la Lumière, Fondation Louis Vuitton. France. 2o16. 25 min. Dir. Gilles Coudert

In this lush and tasteful half-hour investigation, ten-year ARTE veteran director Gilles Coudert aims his expert eye at French conceptual artist Daniel Buren’s year-long installation of coloured gels on the skin of the Frank Gehry-designed Fontation Louis Vuitton [FLV] in Paris. From May 2016 until April 2017 in a work entitled [in English] Observatory of Light, the twelve swooping and bending glass walls which form the “sails” of the FLV have been covered in a gridwork of colour and stripes, casting ever-changing colour combos on the terraces inside the shell of glass walls.

With standard ARTE production brilliance we are treated to sweeping helicopter shots, frantic Koyaanisqatsi­-timelapses of coloured Continue reading

35e FIFA: DOUBLE BILL: Frei Otto: Spanning the Future & Science Fiction from the Past

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Frei Otto: Spanning the Future. United States. 2016. 60 min. Dir. Joshua Hassel

The architectural output of Frei Otto [1925-2015] consists of learning from the forces of nature to construct immense lightweight structures in the form of curving parabolic volumes before the age of computer assisted design. Whereas most of the built environment remains standing because of forces of compression, as most often seen in a vertical wall supporting floors of a building, Otto’s most successful works employs tension to keep buildings standings, in the same way a bridge or tent stays up. This documentary offers a didactic portrait of the career of Otto through interviews with architects and academics, including one of the last interviews Otto gave before his death.

Focusing on his built works from the ‘60s and ‘70s—including the German pavilion at Expo ’67 and the Olympic Stadium for the Munich games of 1972—the experts and narrator investigate Otto’s work from Continue reading

35e FIFA: Festival International du Film sur l’Art

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This weekend marks the beginning of the 35th installment of Le FIFA in Montreal. Dedicated to showcasing short and long format films on art, the selections screening at multiple venues until the festival closes on 2 April presents an enormous selection of creative subjects, covered in creative ways and screened in creative spaces.

Le FIFA is a festival with so much going on that it would be impossible to watch every film. Their website breaks down the theme of film, while the print and electronic program is a wonderfully designed omnibus containing information on every film in competition and screening. Every festival goer’s FIFA will a be a different experience, and there in the multiplicity of experiences lies a powerful metaphor, where Continue reading

P.S. Jerusalem (Israel 2015)

 

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Because of the mysteries of film distribution, two years after its making, Danae Elon’s documentary, P.S. Jerusalem, is finally out today on Montreal’s screens.

After Partly Private (2009)and another Road Home (2003) Elon’s continues her work of auteur cinema in what is more of a private family journal than your traditional doc. With her three sons and husband being put to contribution as the main protagonists, we follow the filmmaker and her family while they settle in troubled Jerusalem, right after the death of Elon’s father, Amos Elon, a notorious Israeli writer who was highly critical of Israel’s politics. The confronting realities surrounding them in these trouble times raise endless questions and inner debate putting the family’s unity to challenge.

P.S. Jerusalem offers an intriguing insight on contemporary Jerusalem.