Tuesday, May 31, 2011
See the issue here.
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Thursday, May 19, 2011
CEO of the Danish Film Institute, Henrik Bo Nielsen, criticized von Trier and called his comments "foolish" but noted "there's nothing new in the fact that great artists make stupid remarks."
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Usually I fumble over some polite response when the simple truth is that I publish Absinthe for the opportunity to read the awesome writers we feature. We publish great authors who should be translated and read but obviously Absinthe is not everyone's "cup of tea" and that's fine. Go read ... (ok, I'll keep that thought to myself).
So, with the imminent publication of Absinthe #15 (a great issue, I might add) let me suggest 10 indicators that you just might not be that into Absinthe (or vice versa):
1. You order a side of freedom fries with that burger
2. You’ve never read (or written) a manifesto
3. You think Titanic or Avatar is the greatest film ever
4. You think Oulipo is the name of an Oompa Loompa
5. You think Ingmar Bergman starred in Casablanca
6. You think everyone should just learn and speak English, dammit
7. You would never watch a movie that makes you read subtitles and think people who do are snobs
8. You hear mention of Dada and think of your father
9. You can’t name a single magazine or newspaper you read to inform your view of the world
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
When people think of European cinema they often think of black and white film, hand-held camera and existential truth shown at 24 frames a second. And of course there’s quite a bit of that and really, who does it better? The problem is that there are geniuses of European cinema like Czech animator and film fantasist Karel Zeman who then don’t fit the pre-conceived image and end up far lesser-known than they should be.
Fear not though, as this injustice is set to end with a May 11 screening of Zeman’s version of the legendary adventures of Baron Munchausen – “Baron Prášil” – at the University of Texas. For more on the man whose film versions of the books of Jules Verne are unrivaled (including by Jules Verne’s originals).
And to complete the European animation double bill a report from the recent AniFest, a major international animation festival held in the Czech town of Teplice in which 15,000 visitors watched almost 500 films. The festival’s Grand Prize winner was “Divers in the Rain” by Estonians Olga and Priit Pärnovi.
More on the festival at http://www.anifest.cz/
Coming next: An interview with a Polish animator who screened her work at AniFest and whose documentary-feature animation presents the history of clothing through the main character’s traveling back in time in a magic wardrobe.
(Photo courtesy of the Visual Arts Center at the University of Texas at Austin)
Monday, May 2, 2011
The writers participating this year include:
Anna Weidenholzer from Austria
Kaspar Colling Nielsen from Denmark
Katharina Döbler from Germany
Helen Moster from Finland
Damien Luce from France
Antonella Lattanzi from Italy
Bendedicte M. Kroneberg from Norway
Małgorzata Rejmer from Poland
Christian Uetz from Switzerland
Esperanza Ortega from Spain