Publicamos algunas de las reacciones que provocaron a críticos de cine y cineastas ciertos films que presentamos en la sección 20 años de l’Alternativa. En esta sección, a través de 22 largometrajes, mostramos la diversidad y el rigor de nuestra programación, recuperarando films y autores emblemáticos en la trayectoria del festival y en la evolución del cine independiente. Read on!
“Philippe Garrel is an underrated genius. He is the closest thing to a poet functioning today in French cinema. J’entends plus la guitare is possibly his masterpiece. It’s about his love affair with Nico, it’s about his heroin addiction, it’s also about surviving youth, surviving in an age where everything you stood for, believed in, dreamed of has been crushed.” (Olivier Assayas)
“The meaning of love, the mystery of women, life, and all that: Garrel finds it, everything, in the faces, bodies, and words of his actors. If not the greatest movie we’ll see this year—though it’s a strong candidate—J’entends plus la guitare will surely prove the most tenderly played.” Read on (Nathan Lee – Village Voice)
“Herzog told me how they met. When he was 12, he said, “I was playing in the courtyard of the building where we lived in Munich, and I looked up and saw this man striding past, and I knew at that moment that my destiny was to direct films, and that he would be the actor.“ As a meditation by a director on an actor, it is unique” (Roger Ebert)
“When the actor Klaus Kinski wrote his autobiography, he referred to Werner Herzog as ”the vermin,” ”this blowhard” and ”a miserable, hateful, malevolent, avaricious, money-hungry, nasty, sadistic, treacherous, cowardly creep.” And those were some of the nicer things he had to say. Now Mr. Herzog has a chance to return the favor with My Best Fiend, an account of their unbelievably turbulent collaboration and how each man tormented and goaded the other into doing his best work.” Read on (Janet Maslin – New York Times)
“A baffling, fascinating prose-poem on celluloid: its meaning is elusive, but its effect undeniable. This is a striking experiment in narrative and cinematic form, and in some ways it’s the most intelligent and ambitious film I’ve seen this year.” Read on (Peter Bradshaw – The Guardian)
“Werner Herzog declared after seeing this documentary “Never have I looked so directly into hell”. Seidl’s work suggests that ‘hell is us’ – that we ourselves create and perpetuate our own misery. Nowhere is this felt more clearly than in this critically acclaimed, darkly humorous study of Austrian pet owners.” (ICA London)