PRINT December 2006


James Quandt


1 Colossal Youth (Pedro Costa) An arte povera epic, the final film in Costa’s “Vanda” trilogy portrays the abandoned inhabitants of Lisbon’s suburban slums, achieving grandeur with minimal means.

2 Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul) Another serene enigma from the master of Thai tales of transmutation. The film’s title, combining the somatic and the temporal, reflects the director’s twin preoccupations.

3 Still Life (Jia Zhang-ke) Jia, poet of displacement in the new China, returns to the tone of his early feature Xiao Wu (The Pickpocket, 1997) in this melancholy portrait of two people searching for a past that has been washed away.

4 Kodak (Tacita Dean) Dean’s meta-lament about the imminent demise of her medium shows just what we’ll miss when celluloid cedes to digital: images so precise, sumptuous, and palpable, they already look like relics of irretrievable

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