Sunday, April 12, 2020

Woman Make Film 4: Staging, Journey, Discovery

From Chapter 9: Staging: Visages, villages / Faces Places / Kasvot, kylät / Agnès Varda & JR, FR 2017. Screenshot from the Women Make Film website.

From Chapter 10: Journey. Khake sar beh mohr / خاک مهر شده / The Sealed Soil / Marva Nabili, IR 1977. Screenshot from the Women Make Film website.

From Chapter 11: Discovery. The Hurt Locker / The Hurt Locker / Kathryn Bigelow, US 2008. Screenshot from the Women Make Film website.

Women Make Film. A New Road Movie Through Cinema
Women Make Film. Uusi matka elokuvaan

GB © 2019 How To Make A Movie Ltd. PC: Hopscotch Films. P: John Archer. EX: Clara Glynn, Tilda Swinton. Assistant P: Sonali Choudhury. Associate P: Carl Beauchamp, Catherine Glynn Benkaim, Barbara Timmer.
    D+SC: Mark Cousins. Sound mixing: Diane Jardine. S: Joe Harfield. ED+script consultant: Timo Langer. Online: Chas Chalmers. Edit assistant: Scott Bilsbrough. P coordinator: Mhairi Valentine. P team: David Brown, Rowan Ings, Raja Kryda. World Sales: Dogwoof. Head of sales: Ana Vicente. Legal: David Burgess.
    14 hours
    Festival premiere: 1 Sep 2018 Venice Film Festival
    Finnish telepremieres of the 14 episodes: 3.3.2020, 10.3.2020, 17.3.2020, 24.3.2020, 1.4.2020, 8.4.2020, 15.4.2020
    Corona lockdown viewings.
    Yle Areena.
    Viewed on a 4K tv set at home in Helsinki, 12 April 2020.

Official synopsis: "The epic, four years in the making, still in production, is made up of forty “chapters” to be narrated by Tilda Swinton, Jane Fonda and other key women in cinema, still to be announced. Women Make Film: A New Road Movie Through Cinema follows in the footsteps of Mark Cousins’ The Story of Film: An Odyssey, to give us a guided tour of the art and craft of the movies. Using almost a thousand film extracts from thirteen decades and five continents, Cousins asks how films are made, shot and edited; how stories are shaped and how movies depict life, love, politics, humour and death, all through the compelling lens of some of the world’s greatest directors – all of them women."

Episode 4/14: Staging, Journey, Discovery
Jakso 4/14: Kohtaus ja matka

Narrator: Tilda Swinton
Finnish / Swedish subtitles: Jaana Wiik / Ann-Sofi Pettersson

Chapter 9. Staging

Tsuki wa noborinu / 月は上りぬ / The Moon Has Risen / Kinuyo Tanaka, JP 1955 [unreleased in Finland]
Toni Erdmann / Isäni Toni Erdmann / Maren Ade, DE/AU/CH/RO 2016
Dva v odnom / Два в одному / Two in One / Kira Muratova, UA-RU 2007 [unreleased in Finland]
Bande de filles / Girlhood / Céline Sciamma, FR 2015 [unreleased in Finland]
Unrelated / Joanna Hogg, GB 2007 [unreleased in Finland]
Yo, la peor de todas / I, the Worst of All / María Luisa Bemberg, AR 1990 [unreleased in Finland]
Zacharovannaya Desna / Зачарованная Десна / The Enchanted Desna / Lumottu Desna / Yuliya Sointseva, SU 1964
Visages, villages / Faces Places / Kasvot, kylät / Agnès Varda & JR, FR 2017
Flickorna / The Girls / Näyttelijättäret / Mai Zetterling, SE 1968
Vor der Morgenröte / Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe / Stefan Zweig – jäähyväiset Euroopalle / Maria Schrader, AT/DE/FR 2016

Chapter 10. Journey

Zacharovannaya Desna / Зачарованная Десна / The Enchanted Desna / Lumottu Desna / Yuliya Sointseva, SU 1964
Thumbelina / Peukaloinen / Lotte Reiniger, GB 1954
Nana / Valérie Massadian, FR 2011 [unreleased in Finland]
Astenicheski sindrom / Астенический синдром / The Asthenic Syndrome / Asteeninen oire / Kira Muratova, SU 1990
Khake sar beh mohr / خاک مهر شده / The Sealed Soil / Marva Nabili, IR 1977 [unreleased in Finland]
Mickey and Nicky / Mikey & Nicky (in Finland) / Pelkojen yö (video title in Finland) / Elaine May, US 1976
Kranes konditori / Krane's Confectionery / Astrid Henning-Jensen, NO 1951 [unreleased in Finland]
Course à la saucisse / Alice Guy-Blaché, FR 1907
Koibumi / 恋文 / Love Letter / Kinuyo Tanaka, JP 1953 [unreleased in Finland]
Point Break / Myrskyn ratsastajat / Kathryn Bigelow, US 1991
Something New / Nell Shipman, US 1920 [unreleased in Finland]
American Honey / American Honey / Andrea Arnold, GB/US 2016
The Loveless / Tunteettomat / Kathryn Bigelow, Monty Montgomery, US 1981
Lluvia / Rain / Paula Hernández, AR 2008 [unreleased in Finland]
The Babadook / The Babadook / Jennifer Kent, AU/CA 2014
35 rhums / 35 Shots of Rum / Claire Denis, FR 2008 [unreleased in Finland]
Certain Women / Kelly Reichardt, US 2016
Shar nokhoïr tam / Шар нохойн там / Die Höhle des gelben Hundes / The Cave of the Yellow Dog / Keltaisen koiran luola / Byambasuren Davaa / Dawaagiin Bjambasüren, DE/MN 2005

Chapter 11. Discovery

Na-moo-eobs-neun san / 나무없는 산 / Treeless Mountain / So Yong Kim, US/KO 2008 [unreleased in Finland]
Évolution / Evolution / Lucile Hadžihalilović, FR/BE/ES 2015 [unreleased in Finland]
Big / Big – isoksi yhdessä yössä / Penny Marshall, US 1988
Avenue de L'Opéra / Alice Guy-Blaché, FR 1900
Napló gyermekeimnek / Diary for My Children / Päiväkirja lapsilleni / Márta Mészáros, HU 1984
Tomboy / Céline Sciamma, FR 2011 [unreleased in Finland]
La Coquille et le clergyman / The Seashell and the Clergyman / Germaine Dulac, FR 1928
Chibusa yo eien nare / 乳房よ永遠なれ / The Eternal Breasts / Kinuyo Tanaka, JP 1955 [unreleased in Finland]
Wonder Woman / Wonder Woman / Patty Jenkins, US 2017
The Hurt Locker / The Hurt Locker / Kathryn Bigelow, US 2008
Khamosh pani / خاموش پانی / ਖਮੋਸ਼ ਪਾਨੀ / Silent Waters / Sabiha Sumar, PK/FR/DE 2003
Promenad i de gamlas land / Promenade au pays de la vieillesse / Walking in the Land of the Old / Marianne Ahrne, tv doc, SE/FR 1978 [unreleased in Finland]
Mr. Pascal / Alison De Vere, GB 1979
Dreams of a Life / Carol Morley, GB/IE 2011

AA: From framing and tracking we proceed to staging, and some of the clips are more obviously relevant than others, such as Kira Muratova's Two In One and Maria Luisa Bemberg's I, the Worst of All. It is intriguing to see here clips of Yulia Solntseva's magnificent-looking The Enchanted Desna; it was released in Finland on 70 mm, but no print has remained here.

One of the sub-themes in the chapter on Journey is the chase. Alice Guy appears here as one of the early directors of chase films (Course à la saucisse) and Kathryn Bigelow as one of the later masters (Point Break). Nell Shipman's weird "car Western" Something New is included. But Kinuyo Tanaka in her debut film as a director, Love Letter, shows us a chase sequence of a subtler kind. A clip from Marva Nabili's Sealed Soil convinces me that this is a film I need to see.

In the chapter on Discovery there is a chain on fantasy: Penny Marshall's Big, Alice Guy's Avenue de l'Opéra (screened backwards) and Lucile Hadžihalilović's Évolution (the boy on an island of women). Sweeter discoveries await in the end.

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