Monday, July 08, 2013

Slow Cinema Directors

This is a list of the most well-known movie directors who make use of the genre of art cinema filmmaking called slow cinema. In case you don't know, slow cinema refers to the style of shooting films wherein long takes and slowed down scenes are emphasized. The films made using this style are often contemplative in nature that's why it's also referred to as contemplative cinema. This list of slow cinema directors also include their most popular works as well as bits of information about their backgrounds. 

1. Andrei Tarkovsky – A Russian writer, filmmaker, film theorist, film editor, and theater director. Acclaimed director Ingmar Bergman described Tarkovsky as the greatest director. Films: The Sacrifice, Voyage in Time, Stalker, Mirror, Nostalghia, Solaris, Ivan’s Childhood, The Steamroller and the Violin, The Killers 

2. Bela Tarr – A filmmaker from Budapest, Hungary. Well-known director Gus Van Sant (Elephant, To Die For, My Own Private Idaho) has cited Tarr as a major influence on his work. Films: The Turin Horse, The Man From London, Satan’s Tango, Damnation, The Prefab People 

3. Michelangelo Antonioni – A film director, writer, screenwriter and editor from Italy. He has received numerous awards for his work including recognition from the Berlin International Film Festival, Bodil Award, Cannes Film Festival, European Film Awards, and Venice Film Festival. Films: Eclipse, The Night, The Adventure, The Girl Friends, The Lady Without Camelias, Zabriskie Point 

4. Theo Angelopoulos – Highly acclaimed and multi-awarded, Angelopoulos is considered to be one of the most influential directors in the world. He has dominated the film industry in Greece since 1975. Martin Scorsese has described him as a masterful filmmaker. Angelopoulos is a recipient of the prestigious Palme d’Or at the 51st edition of the famous Cannes Film Festival. He won the award for his film Eternity and a Day. Films: The Dust of Time, The Suspended Step of the Stork, Voyage to Cythera, Landscape in the Mist 

5. Ben Rivers – An experimental filmmaker working out of London, England. Films: Two Years at Sea, Slow Action, A World Rattled of Habit, The Bomb with a Man in His Shoe, The Hyrcynium Wood 

6. Lav Diaz – An independent filmmaker from the Philippines. His works has been shown in various film festivals all over the world. Films: Criminal of Barrio Concepcion, Naked Under the Moon, West Side Kid, Melancholia, Death in the Land of Encantos, Evolution of a Filipino Family 

7. Lisandro Alonso – A film director and screenwriter from Argentina. Films: Liverpool, Fantasma, Los Muertos, La Libertad 

8. Fred Kelemen – A European artist, Kelemen studied painting, music and philosophy before plunging into filmmaking. Films: Fate, Frost, Nightfall, Fallen 

9. Jia Zhang-ke – A Chinese filmmaker, Zhang-ke is the winner of the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film Festival in 2006 for his film Still Life. Films: Black Breakfast, Cry Me a River, The World, Unknown Pleasures 

10. Carlos Reygadas – A prominent director in modern Mexican cinema. Films: Japan, Battle in Heaven, Silent Light, Light After Darkness

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