State of the World
Intriguing comment on the way things are, from some of the world's finest filmmakers.
An extraordinary line-up of international directors - including Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Chantal Akerman and Pedro Costa - contribute to this ambitious and layered omnibus project, funded by Portugal's Gulbenkian Foundation in celebration of its 50th anniversary, and co-produced by Noémie Mendelle of the Scottish Documentary Insititute. Six visually and tonally diverse portraits of changing communities, displaced people and shifting cityscapes emphasise not only the range of lifestyles and environments across the planet, but also the sheer spectrum of expressive tools that cinema can offer. From Weerasethakul's mesmerizing, dreamy opener, to Wang Bing's punishing account of torture in China and Costa's wonderful web of ancestral myth, this is a lush, thought-provoking package.
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