Ryan’s SXSW Day 4
Before I Disappear
The Dance Of Reality
Doc Of The Dead
“Sony and Panasonic have announced the development of a new optical disc standard dubbed “Archival Disc.” The technology offers many benefits over other storage options, including dust-resistance, water resistance and resistance to humidity and temperature changes. Likewise, the discs also feature inter-generational compatibility, allowing previously stored data to be read as the format develops and upgrades over time.”
“The Archival Disc is being developed for professional use and both companies plan to have 300GB discs ready by summer 2015. 500GB and 1TB disc are also planned for the future. The basic spec uses double sided disc technology with three layers per side. The increased capacity could prove especially valuable to professional fields that require increasingly large data storage needs, including the film industry.”
The Dissolve: What were the origins of this Criterion project? Did the company come to you to make an offer on it?
Morris: They did come to me. Well, actually, that’s not true! What am I saying? What happened was, I bought the North American rights back for the movie, because I felt that otherwise, it would never be seen by anybody, and I love it. I’ve seen how easy it is to forget stuff. I fought for three or four years to get the rights, and when I finally bought the rights back, I took it to Criterion. I think I met those guys up at Telluride, and they said, “Of course we want to do it.” They’ve been lovely, by the way. They’re a terrific company. But no, I did it! [Laughs.]
The Dissolve: Is this going to be part of a series? Can Criterion get a good Gates Of Heaven edition out, and so on?
Morris: They are. I’d like them to put out the Leutcher film [Mr. Death: The Rise And Fall Of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.] and I’d like to change the title from the Mr. Death—which no one could keep straight anyway—to Honeymoon In Auschwitz, which is Fred’s line about his actual honeymoon spent in Auschwitz.
“‘It (Mugwump) sets us apart from the American awards show. It’s wacky and fun,’ Lesley Birchard, executive in charge of production, factual entertainment, at the CBC, told The Hollywood Reporter.”
“Bertuccelli was best known for ‘Remparts of Clay,’ a drama turning on a young woman from a small Algerian village who dreams of another life. It won a Jean Vigo prize and represented France in the foreign-language race in 1971.”
Just finished my first film of SXSW 2014: Christoph Behl’s The Desert
From the SXSW description:
"Axel, Jonathan and Ana live together in a house that seems like a bunker in a post-catastrophic world. Outside is a threatening landscape. Once they were a perfect love triangle, with strong bonds of friendship, but today nothing is left of it. Ana is with Jonathan and Axel is alone, bit by bit tattooing his body with flies. But everything changes when Axel and Jonathan go out on an expedition in search of provisions and return to the house with a zombie that they call Pythagoras."
The film is much darker, tenser, and more sensual that I was expecting (my expectations were based on the short description in the schedule). The sound design is really wonderful. The gunshots are loud and used sparingly throughout the film. When someone fires a gun, it really means something.
Behl rarely shows us full shots of the characters, preferring to keep everything close up and claustrophobic.
I’d recommend you check this out if you get the chance.