Regina Schlagnitweit

  • Aki Kaurismäki, Le Havre, 2011, still from a color film in 35 mm, 93 minutes. Idrissa (Blondin Miguel) and Marcel Marx (André Wilms).

    Regina Schlagnitweit

    1 Le Havre (Aki Kaurismäki) Often taken as a “lightweight,” Kaurismäki has made his most urgent film so far. A “utopian fable,” yes, but one that is fully grounded, summoning the spirits of cinema history in order to speak, with love and anger, about Europe Now.

    2 The Forgotten Space (Allan Sekula and Noël Burch) If Le Havre were in need of a companion piece, I would pair it with Sekula and Burch’s eye-opening and richly woven essay about capitalism at sea.

    3 Century of Birthing (Lav Diaz) Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz’s latest epic again makes the case for a cinema that you can—and must—inhabit,