Little Joe (2019)

JESSICA HAUSNER Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Austria/United Kingdom/Germany/France, 2019.  Coop99 Filmproduktion, The Bureau, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, Arte Deutschland TV, Bayerischer Rundfunk, British Broadcasting Corporation, British Film Institute, Coproduction Office, Eurimages, Film Industry Support Austria, Filmfonds Wien, Filmstandort Austria, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, Société Parisienne de Production, Osterreichischer Rundfunk, Österreichisches Filminstitut.  Screenplay by Géraldine Bajard, Jessica…

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Delta (2008)

KORNEL MUNDRUCZO Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.  Hungary/Germany, 2008.  Proton Cinema, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, Filmpartners, ZDF/Arte, Motion Picture Public Foundation of Hungary, Ministry of Education and Culture, TV2, Budapest Film, Mitteldeutsche Medienforderung, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.  Screenplay by Yvette Biro, Kornél Mundruczó.  Cinematography by Matyas Erdely.  Produced by Philippe Bober, Viktória Petrányi.  Music by Félix Lajkó. …

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Amour Fou (2014)

JESSICA HAUSNER Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5.   Austria/Luxembourg/Germany, 2014.  Coop99 Filmproduktion, Amour Fou Luxembourg, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH.  Screenplay by Jessica Hausner, dramaturgy by Géraldine Bajard.  Cinematography by Martin Gschlacht.  Produced by Martin Gschlacht, Antonin Svoboda, Bruno Wagner.  Production Design by Katharina Woppermann.  Costume Design by Tanja Hausner.  Film Editing by Karina Ressler.  A soiree among aristocrats in early nineteenth-century Berlin has among…

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The Square (2017)

RUBEN OSTLUND Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.5.   Sweden/Germany/France/Denmark, 2017.  Plattform Produktion, Arte France Cinema, Coproduction Office, Det Danske Filminstitut, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, Film i Vast, Imperative Entertainment, Minorordningen, Nordisk Film & TV Fond, Sveriges Television, Swedish Film Institute, Yle to 1 Finland, ZDF/Arte.  Screenplay by Ruben Ostlund.  Cinematography by Fredrik Wenzel.  Produced by Philippe Bober, Erik Hemmendorff.  Music by Rasmus…

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Battle In Heaven (2005)

CARLOS REYGADAS Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB.  Original title:  Batalla En El Cielo Mexico/Belgium/France/Germany/Netherlands, 2005.  Coproduction Office, No Dream Cinema, Mantarraya Producciones, Tarantula, Arte France Cinema, Universidad de Guadalajara, ZDF/Arte, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, Mackey Co., Hubert Bals Fund, Fonds Sud, Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía, Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Lumière Productie.  Screenplay…

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A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence (2014)

ROY ANDERSSON Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  Original title:  En Duva Satt Pa En Gren Och Funderade Pa Tillvaron Sweden/Germany/Norway/France, 2014.  Roy Andersson Filmproduktion AB, 4 1/2 Film, Arte France Cinema, Centre National du Cinema et de L’Image Animee, Coproduction Office, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Fonds Eurimages du Conseil de l’Europe, Nordisk Film &…

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Import/Export (2007)

ULRICH SEIDL Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.5.  Austria/France/Germany, 2007.  Ulrich Seidl Film Produktion GmbH, Coproduction Office, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, Pronto Film, Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen, Osterreichischer Rundfunk.  Screenplay by Urlich Seidl, Veronika Franz.  Cinematography by Edward Lachman, Wolfgang Thaler.  Produced by Ulrich Seidl, Lucki Stipetic.  Music by Roman Gottwald.  Production Design by Andreas Donhauser, Renate Martin.  Costume Design by Silvia Pernegger.  Film Editing by Christof…

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Enter The Void (2009)

GASPAR NOE Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.  France/Germany/Italy/Canada, 2009.  Fidélité Films, Wild Bunch, BUF, Les Cinémas de la Zone, Essential Filmproduktion GmbH, BIM Distribuzione, Paranoid Films, Eurimages, Filmförderungsanstalt, Canal+, Orange Cinéma Séries, Filmarto, Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication.  Screenplay by Gaspar Noe, with the help of Lucile Hadzihalilovic.  Cinematography by Benoit Debie.  Produced by Pierre Buffin,…

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Le Quattro Volte

BBB.5 (out of 5) Alternate title:  The Four Times The Pythagorean theory of the soul’s four-fold transmigration is rendered on film as a wordless meditation on life and nature. We first observe an elderly Calabrian sheepherder who believes that good health comes from putting the dust from a cathedral floor into his water. Following its existence…

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Songs From The Second Floor

BB.5 (out of 5) Original title:  Sanger Fran Andra Vaningen Philosophically immersed serio-comedy inspired by the poems of Caesar Vallejo that took director Roy Andersson four years to complete. Essentially it is a collection of disjointed scenes, each of them filmed in a single take, that describe all manner of situations that the human condition experiences:…

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