Tuesday, March 24, 2009

InRO Feature: You Can't Stop What's Coming - The Films of '09

"Many ’09 films of promise that I’m looking forward to this year do not meet the strict criteria of this list that our Film Editor Luke Gorham stringently enforces: Mainly that the movie has to either have a U.S. release date or convincing evidence that it will see release in this country some time before the end of the year. This, regretfully, rules out many films from some of World cinema’s true visionaries (which are, admittedly, unlikely to see release in that time frame). Among them: Tsai Ming-Liang, Catherine Breillat, Abbas Kiarostami, Jacques Doillon, Werner Herzog, Hong Sang-Soo, Johnny To, Bela Tarr, Alain Resnais, Jacques Rivette, Marco Tullio Giordana, and Jim Sheridan. Also disqualified were any films which Luke or myself have already seen at the various film festivals we attend, including some of our favorites of the year so far: Olivier Assayas’ “Summer Hours,” Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker,” and Claire Denis’ “35 Shots of Rum” (that last one also doesn’t have a domestic distributer, so it was doubly screwed). So then, it’s a testament to the promise of this year in movies that we’ve been able to find twenty films which do fit our criteria, and which we equally anticipate. Whether or not these works live up to the hype they have generated remains to be seen, but right now 2009 is looking better than 2008 did this time last year. --Sam C. Mac" [Continue Reading]

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