457 – The Square (2017)

spacetime coordinates: 2010’s  Stockholm

“The Square is a sanctuary of trust and caring. Within it we all share equal rights and obligations.”the_squareThe Square is a 2017 Swedish satirical drama film written and directed by Ruben Östlund, and starring Claes BangElisabeth MossDominic West and Terry Notary. The film is about publicity surrounding an art installation, and was partly inspired by an installation Östlund and producer Kalle Boman had made.

(development) Originally with the performance artist who entertains the affluent patrons, Östlund was considering modelling the character after G.G. Allin, but deciding that that would be too “extreme”, he fell back on his interest in animal imitations. In crafting the scene, his concept was: “this internationally recognized artist is pretending to be a wild beast. What happens when he enters a room full of people in tuxedos?” The scene was inspired by a real incident with the artist Oleg Kulik, who performs as a dog and had attacked people at a notorious event in Stockholm. Other artists parodied in the film include Julian SchnabelRobert Smithson and Carl Hammoud.

Oleg Kulik “Reservoir Dog”  Zurich 1995

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4995790/

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395 – Angel’s Egg (1985)

angels egg coverAngel’s Egg (天使のたまご Tenshi no Tamago) is a Japanese OVA film released by Tokuma Shoten on 15 December 1985. It was a collaboration between popular artist Yoshitaka Amano and director Mamoru Oshii. It features very little spoken dialogue. Its sparse plot and visual style have led to it being described as “animated art rather than a story”.

Prior to the production on Angel’s Egg, Mamoru Oshii lost his faith in Christianity. Senses of Cinema opined that the film “seems informed by the existential desperation caused by the collapse of one’s belief system”; Oshii himself has stated he does not know what the film is about.Angels-egg-poster

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0208502/

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386 – Nightwatching (2007)

spacetime coordinates: 1640s Amsterdam nightwatching-posterNightwatching is a 2007 film about the artist Rembrandt and the creation of his painting The Night Watch. The film is directed by Peter Greenaway and stars Martin Freeman as Rembrandt, with Eva Birthistle as his wife Saskia van UylenburgJodhi May as his lover Geertje Dircx, and Emily Holmes as his other lover Hendrickje StoffelsReinier van Brummelen is the director of photography. James Willcock, known for his esoteric sets, is the art director. The film features Greenaway’s trademark neoclassical compositions and graphic sexuality. The music is by Włodek Pawlik.The_Nightwatch_by_RembrandtNightwatching is the first feature in Greenaway’s film series “Dutch Masters”. The following film in the series is Goltzius and the Pelican Company.rijks_nachtwacht13872_statement_themahttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0446750

378 – Experimenter (2015)

Experimenter is a 2015 American biographical drama film written and directed by Michael Almereyda, based on the 1961 Milgram experimentexperimenterposterThe film is based on the true story of famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram, who in 1961 conducted a series of radical behavior experiments at Yale University that tested the willingness of ordinary humans to obey an authority figure while administering electric shocks to strangers.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3726704/

315 – Hannah Arendt (2012)

spacetime coordinates: 1961 New York // Israel

Hannah Arendt is a 2012 German-Luxembourgish-French biographical drama film directed by Margarethe von Trotta and starring Barbara Sukowa. The film centers in the life of German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt. The film centers on Arendt’s response to the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann, which she covered for The New Yorker. Her writing on the trial became controversial for its depiction of both Eichmann and the Jewish councils, and for its introduction of Arendt’s now-famous concept of “the banality of evil“.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1674773/

283 – Twin Peaks (TV Series 2017– )

Twin Peaks, also known as Twin Peaks: The Return or Twin Peaks: The Third Season, is an American mystery drama television series created by Mark Frost and David Lynch. It is a continuation of the 1990–91 ABC series of the same nameTwin-Peaks-goldSet 25 years after the original Twin Peaks, the series focuses on a number of storylines, many of which are connected through association with FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (MacLachlan). It takes place in a variety of locations in addition to the fictional Washington town of Twin Peaks, including Las Vegas and South Dakota.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4093826/