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la belle Verte

In All, Cinema, Spirit on May 8, 2013 at 5:45 pm

la belle Verte

Made in France in 1996 this obscure yet deeply significant film was banned in its homecountry and in Russia for reasons unknown. It was largely ignored by the rest of the world.

Using a whimsical, almost amateurish touch it raises profound questions about our inter-connectedness, humanity and self-actualization. It also boasts two of the funniest scenes captured on film, one involving a classical orchestra gone haywire and the other a football match turning into Swan Lake.

Irresistible food for thought.


(for other language subs please link here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNrOUUnF06Y)


i’ll meet you there.

In All, Cinema on March 11, 2013 at 8:01 pm

bread, flower, girl.

Moshen Makhmalbaf is one of Iran’s most celebrated directors.

When he was 17 and still a student, he stabbed a policeman during an anti-Shah demonstration. He was imprisoned for 5 years. Years later he made amends with the man he stabbed. In 1996 he made the film A Moment of Innocence (Nun va Goldoon) based on the incident.

Unequivocally one of the most important pieces of filmmaking in cinematic history, quietly climaxing toward one conclusion, best expressed by Rumi:

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field. I’ll meet you there.”

You can watch the entire film with closed captioned english subtitles here.