Jiri Menzel, a Czech director whose 1966 movie “Closely Watched Trains” gained the Academy Award for overseas language movie, has died. It’s a monumental film, a protracted imaginative and prescient of hell that turns into its own sort of cinematic bliss. I’ve had some of those experiences at festivals, together with the one where I noticed Larraín’s 2010 movie, “Post Mortem,” a stunningly bleak portrait of Chile’s 1973 army coup that chilled me to the marrow when I noticed it. Some of these experiences additionally happened right right here in Los Angeles, a city whose devotion to the exhibition of unbiased, international and repertory cinema has afforded me many hours of delight.
Their films could also be smaller, but at least their country is bigger! The films in CINEMA-19 do not attempt to summarize the pandemic, however instead focus on the personal, the political, the sensual, the distant, the summary, … Read MoreRead More