Speed – Auf der Suche nach der verlorenen Zeit (2012)

Wer oder was treibt die Beschleunigung der modernen Zeit eigentlich an? Ist sie ein gesellschaftliches Phänomen oder liegt alles vielleicht doch nur an unserem mangelhaften Zeitmanagement? In seinem Dokumentarfilm begibt sich der Filmemacher und Autor Florian Opitz auf die Suche nach der verlorenen Zeit. Wo ist sie nur geblieben, die Zeit, die wir mühsam mit all den neuen Technologien und Effizienzmodellen eingespart haben?

Opitz begegnet auf seiner Suche Menschen, die die Beschleunigung vorantreiben, und solchen, die sich trauen, Alternativen zur allgegenwärtigen Rastlosigkeit zu leben. Er befragt Zeitmanagement-Experten, Therapeuten und Wissenschaftler über die Ursachen und Auswirkungen der chronischen Zeitnot. Er trifft Unternehmensberater und Akteure, die auf dem internationalen Finanzmarkt aktiv sind und an der Zeitschraube drehen. Und er lernt Menschen kennen, die aus ihrem ganz privaten Hamsterrad ausgestiegen sind und nach gesellschaftlichen Alternativen suchen. Auf seiner Suche entdeckt er: Ein anderes Tempo ist möglich, wir müssen es nur wollen.

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Master of the Universe (2013)

He was one of the Top-Investmentbankers in Germany. He made a million profit per day. Now he is sitting in an empty bank building in the financial center of Frankfurt and talks. A frightening insight in a megalomaniac, quasi-religious parallel world behind mirrored windows.

Zum ersten Mal packt ein echter Insider des internationalen Finanzgewerbes aus, einer der ehemals führenden Investmentbanker Deutschlands. Rainer Voss, der in seiner aktiven Zeit locker mit Millionen hantierte, erzählt aus eigener Anschauung, wie es in der glitzernden Finanzwelt wirklich zugeht, von all ihren Abgründen, Skrupellosigkeiten und quasi-religiösen Gesetzmäßigkeiten. Hat sich seit der globalen Finanzkrise etwas geändert? Voss’ Ausblick gibt Grund zur Beunruhigung…

Dokumentarec o svetu denarja, v katerem nekdaj super uspešni investicijski bankir Rainer Voss v izpraznjeni poslovni stolpnici sredi Frankfurta razlaga skrivnosti in nečedne posle kapitalizma. Gre za »šnelkurs« iz brezobzirnega podjetništva, pogoltnosti po dobičku za vsako ceno, megalomanije, tekmovalne nemoralnosti in nezmožnosti učenja iz lastnih napak. Voss osvetljuje lastno uspešno pot od sredine osemdesetih let naprej in jo projicira na globalno sliko, v kateri je bančništvo v zadnjih tridesetih letih postalo tako kompleksno, zapleteno in prepleteno, da se zdijo vprašanja o reševanju krize nerešljiva.

»Film govori zase; finančni sistem ima velik vpliv na naše življenje in do morebitnih sprememb v prihodnje imam precej ciničen odnos. Vedno nam ponujajo enake rešitve, zgodovina in odločitve sem nam vseskozi ponavljajo: ‘Preveliki smo, da bi nam spodletelo; preveliki, da bi šli v zapor.’ […] Pomembneje kot zapreti bankirje se mi zdi spremeniti svet, si postaviti vprašanja, se pogledati v ogledalo. Smo sokrivi za vse ekscese in zločine finančnikov? Mar ne odvračamo pogleda, namesto da bi iskali rešitve?« (Marc Bauder)

Viri: http://www.geyrhalterfilm.com/en/master_of_the_universe, http://www.master-of-the-universe-film.de in http://www.fdf.si/index.php/slv/

Derrida (2002)

What if you could watch Socrates, on film, rehearsing his Socratic dialogues? What if there was footage of Descartes, Thoreau, or Shakespeare as themselves at work and in their daily life? Might we now look at these figures differently, with perhaps a deeper understanding of their work and lives?

Filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering Kofman asked themselves these questions, and decided to team up and document one of the most visionary and influential thinkers of the 20th century, a man who single-handedly altered the way many of us look at history, language, art, and, ultimately, ourselves: the brilliant and iconoclastic French philosopher Jacques Derrida.

For over five years, Dick (“Sick: The Life and Death of Bob Flanagan, Supermasochist”) and Ziering Kofman (Producer, “Taylor’s Campaign”) played Plato to our own modern day Socrates. The filmmaking team shadowed the renowned philosopher, best known for “deconstruction,” and captured intimate footage of the man as he lives and works in his daily life. They filmed Derrida on his first trip to South Africa, where — after visiting President Mandela’s former prison cell — he delivers a lecture on forgiveness to students at the University of the Western Cape. The filmmakers travel with him from his home in Paris to New York City, where he discusses the role of biographers, and the challenges that are faced when one attempts to bridge the abyssal gulf between a historic figure’s work and life. They capture Derrida in private moments, musing reluctantly, about fidelity and marriage, narcissism and celebrity, and the importance of thinking philosophically about love.

Yet DERRIDA is in no way a talking heads movie or conventional biographical portrait. Its bold, visual style, mesmerizing score by Oscar-winning composer Ryuichi Sakamoto, and novel editorial approach create a rich, lively cinematic experience, at once provokes, amuses and entertains. In resisting any predictable, formulaic approach, they make Derrida a living, informal demonstration of “deconstruction” — a system of thought which up to now has otherwise eluded cinematic capture. The result is not only thought provoking, but ground-breaking.

Vir: http://www.derridathemovie.com

Doris Lessing – The Reluctant Heroine (2008, 2013)

Another chance to see a rare film made with writer Doris Lessing, five years before her recent death at the age of 94. Alan Yentob meets this acerbic, forthright yet warm woman, winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for literature. Brought up in southern Africa, she took London by storm in 1950. She has believed in ‘ban the bomb’ and telepathy, been a Communist and a ‘Free Woman’, written realist novels and science fiction. She is perhaps most remembered for her raw and revealing Golden Notebook, which inspired and influenced a generation of women.

Vir: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00bwx4g

Informant (2012)

Informant examines Brandon Darby, a radical activist turned FBI informant who has been both vilified and deified, but never entirely understood.

In 2005, Darby became an overnight activist hero when he traveled to Katrina-devastated New Orleans and braved toxic floodwaters to rescue a friend stranded in the Ninth Ward. Soon after, he became a founding member of Common Ground, a successful grassroots relief organization. After two young activists were arrested at the 2008 Republican National Convention, Darby shocked close friends and activists nationwide by revealing he had been instrumental in the indictment as an FBI informant.

As the only film with access to Darby since his public confession, Informant meticulously constructs a portrait of his life — before and after the death threats — through interviews with Darby and tense reenactments starring the man himself. Darby’s version of events are accompanied and often contradicted by commentary from acquaintances and expert commentators on various points along the political spectrum.

Vir: http://www.informantdoc.com/

The Universal Clock: The Resistance of Peter Watkins (2001)

Peter Watkins je znan po svojem filmskem aktivizmu in predstavlja eno najbolj nenavadnih figur v današnjem svetu filma. Zaslovel je leta 1965 z igranim dokumentarcem »The War Game«, za katerega je dobil tudi Oskarja. V filmskem portretu spremljamo snemanje njegove 6 urne mojstrovine »La Commune« (2001), njegov pristop k filmskemu mišljenju in odzive udeleženih v ta samosvoj filmski proces.

Več na: http://www.mnsi.net/~pwatkins/