Abderrahmane Sissakos Timbuktu somehow balances the urgency of current events with the grace and timelessness of a story told in the shade of a village tree. Set in and around the North African city of its title, where newly arrived jihadists enforce religious law with brutality, the film centers on a stubborn cattle herder and his family resisting encroachment.
When Gregory Markopoulos (1928 92) made his first 16mm film Psyche in 1947, at only 19 years old, the American avant-garde cinema was still in its infancy, having been ushered in only four years earlier by Maya Derens ground-breaking Meshes of the Afternoon. By 1974, when he wrote the following text. The recent publication Film as Film: The Collected Writings of Gregory J. Markopoulos (The Visible Press, 2014) is available in New York from Anthology Film Archives or online from thevisiblepress.com
Last month the Film Society of Lincoln Center hosted its 52nd annual New York Film Festival, undeniably the citys most important cinematic event, and therefore an ideal setting to see the state of narrative filmmaking today.