Suleiman Mountain (2017)

Day 33: 17/09/2019

Suleiman Mountain, Elizaveta Stishova 

A road trip movie on the outskirts of beautiful Kyrgyzstan, with very unusual characters. Starts off with a woman picking her son from an orphanage, then her dad comes to see him, and the dad’s mistress who claims to be pregnant. They are on the road, sleeping at the back of dad’s truck. Very dynamic story because every scene introduces a new turn of events, there’s almost no non-events in the story. Very impactful scenes such as the dad stealing money from a relative after a traditional gathering of celebrations. The money he steals is a gift for a newborn baby and when his son learns what he did, he throws himself from his dad’s truck. His mom goes to save him and their dad leaves them there and drives away with his mistress. However the mistress gets sick and they need the mom to heal the mistress. It doesn’t work and the mistress loses her baby. She is always suspicious that the boy does not belong to her lover but that he is a random boy from the orphanage. So even though the mom saved her life she goes on to research the boy and informs her lover that the boy’s parents have died when he was four. Dad gets really upset learning that and gets mad at her for saying it, he confronts the mom who accidentally falls from a cliff and dies.

Beautiful shots and mise-en-scenethat grab the viewer’s attention

Color grading: tones of blue

Great film to learn about Kyrgyz culture, hear their songs and see new scenery.


Réponse de Femmes: Notre Corps, Notre Sexe (1975)

Day 32: 15/09/2019

Réponse de Femmes: Notre Corps, Notre Sexe, Agnes Varda

The most innovative and original visual artist + filmmaker I know, Agnes Varda, never disappoints. Many original techniques used in this short film: the glass she holds herself at the beginning of the film, on which she writes questions as topics directing the movie. Shooting images of women instead of a women that would make the whole idea look like a banal interview. Inserting images from magazines. Half of the people on shots naked. Voice of “men” as replying to women. Also interesting how smoothly she moves in between questions to create a whole portrait.

I could do a similar one where I ask people what they wanted to become when they were younger and what they are doing now. Why? (The backgrounds should somehow match and not distract the audience – could be a funfair).