A Lake, 2008, Philippe Grandrieux
How we feel in Brooklyn today.
Tired of winter? Enjoy Portugal’s Guincho Beach in “This Side of Resurrection,” now streaming on Vyer Films.
Ines, more concerned with boyfriends and learning how to surf than with God, is disquieted to learn that her brother Rafael has been living as a monk, and not bumming around Australia as she has believed. As Rafael wrestles with his faith, Ines tries to establish a connection.
This Side of Resurrection premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2011 and subsequently screened at the 2011 São Paulo International Film Festival and the João Pedro Rodrigues Retrospective in Japan in 2013. Haden Guest, writing for Film Comment, said the film is “another major discovery” of Portuguese Cinema, calling it one of 10 best films of the year, and Luís Miguel Oliveria of Ípsilon called it, “an extremely physical film that searches for the moment when the physical becomes the metaphysical.” Its release on Vyer Films marks the first time the film will be available to a wide audience in the United States.
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On the outskirts of civilization, three young women, Magalie, Marie-Steph and Barbara live a desperate life together. Drowning in alcohol, they both lust for and hate one another, coupling like animals. Yet gradually they become enmeshed in a complex game of love and domination.
Bas-Fonds premiered at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2010, where Le Besco was nominated for a Golden Leopard, screened at the Oldenburg Film Festival, where it was nominated for the German Independence Audience Award, and was the opening night of the 2011 Film Comment Selects series. Scott Foundas, writing for Film Comment, said the film “extends to the viewer a feeling of being pulled so deeply inside this alternate universe that we ourselves lose all sense of which way is up,” and Andrew Schenker in Slant Magazine praised Le Besco’s directorial style, writing it “ensures that we get just as much information as we need without enough lingering camera gaze to invite gawking.” Its release on Vyer Films marks the first time the film will be available to a wide audience in the United States.
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