Monday, February 8, 2010

Restart (a.k.a. A New Beginning)

It's been almost 10 months since my last post, but I've decided to start blogging again. Much has changed during this period, both personally and the people/events around me, but some things remain the same: my procrastination, my writer's block and my passion for cinema and politics. Any particular reasons for why I'm restarting this blog? A sudden reminiscence for what I've written, the ensuing drive to pick up the activity again, and the same motivations you'll find here. Let's see how it'll go this time...

In the meantime, here's something to whet your cinematic appetite:





Selections for this year's programme that I can gather from the trailer: Marco Bellocchio's Vincere, Claire Denis' White Material, Sabu's Kanikosen, Alain Resnais' Wild Grass, Theo Angelopoulos' The Dust of Time, Patrice Chéreau's Persecution, Takashi Miike's
三池崇史 Yatterman, Francis Ford Coppola's Tetro, Coen Brothers' A Serious Man, Hitoshi Matsumoto's 松本人志 Symbol, Rabbit Without Ears 2, Harry Brown, The Messenger.

Other leaks about the programme from various sources: Frederick Wiseman's La Danse: The Paris Opera Ballet; Pianomania; The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers; short films by Clara Law 羅卓瑤, Peter Chan 陳可辛 and Heiward Mak 麥曦茵; Guru Dutt, Krzysztof Zanussi and Shimazu Yasujiro 島津保次郎 retrospectives; brand new restoration of Powell and Pressburger's The Red Shoes; and a complete restoration of Fei Mu's Confucius (by which they inserted the post-credits footage in last year's screenings into the main film
).

And of course there's the must-see, one-off screening of Fritz Lang's Metropolis, a new version featuring 30 minutes of newly discovered footage and featuring live music accompaniment from the Hong Kong Sinfonietta. Buy tickets through UBRTIX here.

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