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Also in cinemas | Passé for some, good for Piotr

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March 14th, 2014


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My friend Piotr has lost his trust in all film critics and reviews alike ever since Gravity scored 8.2 on IMDB and took home seven Oscars (two of which Alfonso Cuaron almost left behind at an afterparty). He exaggerates.

I think an eminent director and technical prowess can totally make up for a will-she-or-won’t-she-die-in-a-marathon-of-disasters storyline schlepped by an actress that had her facial expressions botoxed out of her (already pretty) face.

And anyway, trusting IMDB is like buying a paradise holiday from Sybal Yahn in your spam folder: it’s the right product coming from the wrong source.

Besides, Piotr has a bit of an acquired taste,when it comes to movies. And that will serve him well this week.

The German experimental filmmaker Harun Farocki’s The Image, a 25-minute documentary from 1983, explores a porno film set and how we use images to force-idealise. His 2007 Respite is a collage of Nazi propaganda videos. You can watch both at the Cinemateket on Sunday at 4.15pm. 

Or double up with Cinemateket’s Danish-on-a-Sunday movie Sorg og glæde with English subtitles and a Danish pastry. 

The new release Saving Mr Banks is a tale of stubbornness and trauma behind the making of one of the most endearing films in cinematic history, Mary Poppins. 

And because unambiguous winners are for people who can bribe the judge, we have two films sharing the honour of the highest IMDB score this week: 8.1. 

Le Passé is a freshly-baked French film, though more Iranian relationship drama than magical lovers sipping croissants. 

And if Cary Grant rings a bell, you should open (!) and check out the screening of the 1940 classic His Girl Friday organised by some dedicated cinephiles this Thursday at Filmstationen.

Overall, a bright enough prognosis for not only quirky film-lovers, and if you check the actual weather report, the cinemas won’t find it very difficult to fill the seats quite yet.

 


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