Giovanni Marchini Camia

Stars at Noon (Claire Denis, France)

By Giovanni Marchini Camia / June 21, 2022

After waiting 34 years to return to the Cannes Competition, Claire Denis deserved a warm welcome back. Instead, she got to be the chosen victim of the Brown Bunny Syndrome, the annually recurring compulsion among festival attendees to proclaim a film as the worst ever to compete for the Palme d’Or. Although she received some vindication from the jury, who awarded her the Grand Prix (ex aequo, but still…), the critical vitriol is baffling.

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I Was At Home, But… (Angela Schanelec, Germany/Serbia) — Masters

By Giovanni Marchini Camia / September 4, 2019

By Giovanni Marchini Camia Published in Cinema Scope #78 (Spring 2019) It’s outrageous that it should have taken until 2019 for Angela Schanelec to make it into the Berlinale Competition—and ironic, given that it was a review of her film Passing Summer (2001), published in Die Zeit, that originated the term “Berliner Schule.” That film…

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To Thine Own Self Be True: Angela Schanelec on I Was at Home, But…

By Giovanni Marchini Camia / March 26, 2019

It’s outrageous that it should have taken this long for Angela Schanelec to make it into the Competition of the Berlinale—and ironic, given that it was a review of her film Passing Summer (2001), published in Die Zeit, that originated the term “Berliner Schule.”

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