|SÅNGER FRÅN ANDRA VÅNINGEN
|Iain Sinclair, Chris Petit
|The Colour of Pomegranates
|The Moon and the Sledgehammer
|HOW TO INVENT REALITY
|Jon Bang Carlsen
First otherworldly cinematic experience I had ever had and memories of which still linger today.
Philosophically and atmospherically transfixing composed of zonal edgelands that still creep into my psyche when least expecting.
SÅNGER FRÅN ANDRA VÅNINGEN
Always a favourite, exemplary in its bleakness and self-sufficiency but moreover in memory of Sean Lock and its influence on his soaring 15 Storeys High.
When cinema becomes fugue, drift poem and cerebral cacophony.
Having spent time on that beach and tinkered with pianos all my life there is no way that this sensual délire wouldn’t have made the list.
The Colour of Pomegranates
It doesn’t matter how many times I watch the film with my UCA students there is always something new to discuss thereafter.
The enormity of the subject matter and the overwhelming libretto as performed by the victim continues to provide hope for humanity.
The Moon and the Sledgehammer
A familial love/hate story that unfolds like no other documentary.
HOW TO INVENT REALITY
Perhaps best seen in the wake of IT’S NOW OR NEVER but either way an essay on how to invent reality.
As a precursor to Christian Marclay’s The Clock, which should also have been on this list, but compiled with ecstatic rigour and careful insight à la Peter Greenaway's Drowning By Numbers which might also have been on this list.
On the bench:
THE ARBOR – Clio Barnard
For when friends move across difficult mountains and beguile all at the same time.
TWO YEARS AT SEA – Ben Rivers
Oppositional defiant disorder manifest by way of living a life that is at once both familiar and inspired.
SLEEP FURIOUSLY - Gideon Koppel
Biography by way of landscape and solidarity.
BAIT - Mark Jenkin
For the audacity of materiality and the power of clockwork and post sync.