Magazine article Artforum International

James Quandt

Magazine article Artforum International

James Quandt

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James Quandt, senior programmer at TIFF Cinematheque in Toronto, is the editor of Apichatpong Weerasethakul (Wallflower Press, 2009) and Robert Bresson (Revised) (University of Indiana Press, 2012).

1 NORTE, THE END OF HISTORY (Lay Diaz) Lay Diaz's Dostoyevskian at four hours, a mere sip for this hitherto-oceanic filmmaker--may prove the greatest work of the Philippine New Wave.

2 TIL MADNESS DO US PART (Wang Bing) L. This unfortunately named but excoriating documentary examines a mental institution in southwest China, the inmates of which include the insane, the defiant, and the simply inconvenient.

3 TROIS EXERCISES D'INTERPRETATION (Cristi Puiu) Cristi Puiu's witty trio of extempore acting workshops in Toulouse recalls Eric Rohmer's late portraits of amorous delusion and self-defeat.

4 WHAT NOW? REMIND ME (Joaquim Pinto) The slug that pulls its soft body across the screen in real time in the opening shot portends the patience required to watch Joaquim Pinto's protracted self-commemoration. Recording his deterioration from AIDS and cirrhosis, Pinto submits that "we are living through sad times," but his camera makes a reliquary of everyday beauty and obstinate beasts (voracious wasp, tenacious firefly, stalwart dogs) that evoke all he refuses to lose.

5 THE KING'S BODY (Joao Pedro Rodrigues) j Beefcake parade and history lesson, casting session and male confessional, Joao Pedro Rodrigues's tender, funny pageant of Iberian pulchritude probes Portugal's mythic past and its contemporary duress. …

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