Saturday, April 3, 2010

Werner Herzog & Bela Tarr's new films "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done"
& "Man From London" at NWFF : April 5 - 16

Two masters of the 'slow & difficult' are back with new ones this week at Northwest Film Forum!
Bela Tarr's most recent was released internationally a couple years ago, so it's been overlong to
appearing stateside. "Man from London"'s premise appears to have a good bit more 'going on' than
"Satantango" or some of his other recent work, being a noir murder witness/detective tale... but don't
expect action or suspense, Tarr's work is fundamentally about atmosphere and time. Slow, slow, slow
time... but often exceptionally shot in a manner that the weighty gloom of the works create an enveloping
'place' experienced. Werner Herzog is back with another drama! His recent run of documentaries have
been significantly more successful than his dramas, their absurdist take on truth/event/perspective/
subjectivity have revealed his own distinct perspective on society in ways his dramas have failed.
"My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done" looks to be working that very same absurdism, especially that
David Lynch is involved with the project, yet I remain uncertain going into this one. The cast also gives
me some hesitation, especially the combination of Dafoe & Sevigny, but curiosity is going to win-out!

Link to Northwest Film Forum 'Man from London' site

Link to Northwest Film Forum 'My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done' site