|Caroline Strubbe's I'm the same, I'm an other|
|Ali Cherri's The Disquiet|
|Jean-Michel Straub's Un Conte de Michel de Montaigne|
Perhaps with a trio of medium-length short films by contemporary masters. Jean-Michel Straub, no stranger to this programme, continues his preoccupation with forming relationships to classical texts, by returning this year with Un Comte de Michel de Montaigne, a dialogical encounter with the great French writer. It is followed by Joao Pedro Rodriguez' The King's Body, a kind of body-portrait of Portugal's king Afonso Heniquez... by musclemen. Filling out the night is Miguel Gomes' Redemption, a reverie on "human fallibility" by way of meditation on found-footage.
|Nick Collins' Trissákia 3|
In the short shorts programmes (there are four), the Wavelengths 4 roster showcases "a trajectory of shifting perspective and iconographic reference", but it is the individual brief descriptions that compel me. There is a spiritual quality emanating from this group, which begins with Nick Collins' Trissákia 3, a meditation on the ruins of a 13th century Greek church, and continues into Chris Kennedy's Brimstone Line. Kennedy's film contemplates landscape through a stationary-camera perspective on the Credit River in Ontario. Robert Beavers' Listening to the Space in My Room explores the filmmaker's old living space and we are told "carries rare emotional weight".
|Sarah J. Christman's Gowanus Canal|
|Nathaniel Dorsky's Spring|
|Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez's Manakamana|
|Philip Gröning's The Police Officer's Wife|
I have recently been doing some reading in African cinema and become more drawn to this part of the world than before. But how rare to have a feature from Guinea-Bissau. Joao Viana's The Battle of Tabatô follows a man's journey to his daughter's wedding, where he must also confront his own violent history. The trailer is beautiful. The film is preceded by Ali Cherri's short film The Disquiet, a "poetic meditation" on Lebanon's history of earthquakes and tendency toward catastrophe. Again, the available preview images are stunning.
|Joao Viana's The Battle of Tabatô|