Malmkrog, La Commune, Slalom, Pulse, Awaken and more

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With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options – not just the titles at our disposal, but the services themselves – every week we highlight the notable titles that have hit platforms recently. Check out this week’s picks below and past recaps here.

Awake (Tom Lowe)

Capturing the awe-inspiring wonders of our world has been an effort since the dawn of imagery, and with ever-changing technological advancements, there is an unparalleled purity in the ability to record such beauty. In his first feature film Awake, director Tom Lowe takes this chase to heart, scouring the planet with the eye of a treasure hunter, collecting only the most mind-boggling snaps imaginable to convey the splendor of where we all collectively call home – self. The film’s main calling card – being produced by Terrence Malick and Godfrey Reggio – inevitably also sets the bar too high, as the film fails to achieve the masterful pace and level of insightful connection between humanity, nature and nature. technology found in its clear inspirations. However, as a sensory experience, there is still a lot of wonder to behold through its rather brief runtime of 75 minutes. – Jordan R. (Full review)

Where to stream: VOD

The Commune (Paris, 1871) (Peter Watkins)

Don’t let the intimidating nearly six-hour length of Peter Watkins’ 2000 pageant film The Municipality dissuade you from giving him a watch, now available for the first time on a streaming platform thanks to OVID.tv. With his approachable and anachronistic vanity of a television crew reporting from the field, Watkins leaves no stone unturned when it comes to recreating the brief but historic coup of a revolutionary socialist government in Paris. Accompanied by on-screen text that guides us through the many moving parts of the events, the director also places a critical focus on the women who came together to fight against the oppressive working conditions of the time. Remarkably, for being one of the longest-running films ever to be made, it only took 13 days to produce after several months of preparation – and much of the film’s power lies in this spontaneous, free-form reaction mode. which are still anchored. in historical accuracy. If you’re just looking for a taste of the experience, a still substantial 3.5 hour cut designed for theaters is also streaming. – Jordan R.

Where to stream: OVID.tv

Giants are alone (Grear Patterson)

The final days of suburban American high school provide the backdrop for Giants are alone, an original expressionist film version of first writer-director Grear Patterson, a visual artist whose work to date has focused on a sort of post-modern Americana – a stylistic backdrop that effectively translates to the screen. Produced by Olmo Schnabel (son of Julian, and paying the bills) and beautifully shot by Patterson himself, giants tells the story of a love triangle between three of the school’s students: the talented pitcher of the baseball team, the less talented son of his coach and a relatively well-off girl in their class. – Rory O. (Full review)

Where to stream: VOD

Malmkrog (Cristi Puiu)

In Malmkrog, a group of Russian aristocrats gather in a large rural estate to demonstrate their philosophy over a long and luxurious dinner. The film apparently offers the closest thing to a direct directing by Russian philosopher Vladimir Soloviev War and Christianity: the three interviews. At 200 minutes, only a few breaths of Stanley Kubrick are missing 2001: A Space Odyssey but rarely leaves the confines of the decadent environment – indeed, the majority takes place in just three rooms. – Rory O. (Full review)

Where to stream: MUBI (free for 30 days)

Mayor (David Osit)

The reign of bigotry and terror of Donald Trump and his administration can often take the form of a myopic point of view for Americans, daily witnesses to how the soon-to-be ousted leader further deepens the political divide. in his own country. However, the repercussions of his decisions of course have a global impact, and David Osit’s gripping new documentary Mayor shows how the president’s reckless actions have exacerbated long-standing conflicts in Ramallah, the central Palestinian city in the West Bank located a few miles from Jerusalem. The “city in transition” is ruled by Musa Hadid, a humble Christian mayor who deeply sympathizes with his community as it is controlled by the Israelis and surrounded by their invading settlements. The threat to their livelihoods becomes even more perilous when Trump officially declares Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in 2017, leaving Palestinians trying to survive without a place to truly feel at home. – Jordan R. (Full review)

Where to stream: Criterion channel

Prismatic Ground Film Festival

Founded and directed by Inney Prakash, a new film festival focused on experimental documentaries is now running through April 18. Available free of charge worldwide, Prismatic Ground features more than 80 films, including the previously unreleased documentary by Bill and Turner Ross capturing the production of Wendy, a short of 16 mm per Small Ax cinematographer Shabier Kirchner, as well as works by Christopher Makoto Yogi, Ben Rivers, Lynne Sachs, Anita Thacher and more.

Where to stream: Official website

Impulse (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)

Cinema can and should encompass multitudes, of course, so forgive any reductionism that might sound when I suggest watching Kiyoshi Kurosawa is to experience cinema in its entirety: use, intention, and purpose. effect of staging; the privilege of seeing decisions taken in rhythmic terms, blow by blow; the push-pull between delimiting and concealing narrative information; and how each, separately or together or more often somewhere in between, shapes a film. Impulse is perhaps his most famous film, the one through which a career of more than 40 feature films is most often compacted. A work so sui generis in the atmosphere, the texture and the evocation – okay, I admit it, a film so scary– leaves little question why. If some of ImpulseThe thrills of the Internet have aged, which is not bad; Most of the time, I think we can only witness the realization of this vision of connectivity insanity. – Nick N.

Where to stream: Amazon Prime

Quo vadis, Aïda? (Jasmila Zbanic)

Some stories leave no room for a hero even though they give ample opportunity to enter them. And when it comes to the Bosnian genocide of 1995 that took place in the Serbian army-controlled town of Srebrenica, there is little room for hope, let alone for the saviors. With more than eight thousand men murdered in front of the UN and the world, what is really left except mourning and memorial? What can be said apart from the truth of its horrors so that those who were blind and / or ignorant of the plight of these people can begin to understand? This is ultimately the goal of writer / director Jasmila Zbanic with Quo vadis, Aïda? like someone who knows all too well to have survived a siege of Sarajevo. Humanity cannot afford to forget. – Jared M. (Full review)

Where to stream: Hulu

Slalom (Charlene Favier)

The icing and controlled pressure cooker from a film, that of Charlène Favier Slalom brings an attentive nuance to a story of psychological and sexual violence. Set in the middle of the slopes of the French Alps, the selected drama in Cannes centers on Lyz Lopez (Noée Abita), a 15-year-old ski prodigy whose life is more or less controlled by her insensitive instructor Fred (Jérémie Renier). With his predatory advances wrapped and twisted in the mutual desire for competitive success and filtered through the girl’s initial plot, Favier expertly dives into the psychological prison that soon becomes his daily existence. Far from a single note #MeToo message movie, Slalom brings a poignant sense of restraint with fleshed out characters for an utterly baffling experience. – Jordan R. (Full review)

Where to broadcast: Virtual cinemas

Speak softly (Joyce Chopra)

One of the great films of the 80s, perhaps forgotten, that of Joyce Chopra Speak softly is about to be rediscovered with a new 4K restoration. With Laura Dern –– in one of her most impressive lead roles––Speak softly is based on a short story by Joyce Carol Oates about a young girl who enters the orbit of a mysterious and dangerous older man (Treat Williams). As Dern’s Connie becomes entangled more and more with this strange man, Speak softly becomes an unforgettable commentary on a young woman’s sexual politics and coming of age. – Stéphane H.

Where to stream: Criterion channel

Suburban birds (Qiu Sheng)

Something shakes the ground beneath a new Chinese suburb in the intriguing and skillful debut feature from writer-director Qiu Sheng. High towers rise to the side and residents are evacuated. Like Suburban birds begins, a team of engineers are on hand to investigate the cause, ideally quickly, without disrupting the planned metro tunnel, so that this small part of China’s development boom can continue. Make way for tomorrow! It is up to Qiu to survey the agitated earth around the foundations of the future, via a subtle structural gambit which marks his voice as worthy of being heard. – Marc A. (Full review)

Where to stream: MUBI (free for 30 days)

A summer tale (Eric Rohmer)

Summer is here, the sun is shining, the beaches light up, and love – or something striving for the same – is floating in the air. The most alive (read: the most exciting) of Eric Rohmer’s Tales of the Four Seasons, A summer tale perfectly paints his ostensible hero Gaspard (Melvil Poupaud) in a moral, intellectual and sexual corner. Three women with varied interests and desires, a man not knowing what he wants; if a writer worthy of the name could get anything out of it, it is all the more to Rohmer’s credit never to remain still. His games over time are smarter than any incident would lead you to believe (note the days when Gaspard is alone and those he is not), his structure is smoother than what Rohmer usually has ( when Summer switch to a new love interest just halfway through, I could literally see Hong Sang-soo being born nearby), and these synthesize so effectively that, by the end of the movie, Gaspard’s journey changes from an escapade enviable to an almost tragic lesson in life’s disappointments. All the while, the sun keeps shining. – Nick N.

Where to broadcast: Virtual cinemas

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