La mort de Louis XIV
Nocturama (Previously Unreleased)
Certain Women (Previously Unreleased)
L'amant double
Dunkirk
Hacking at the cycles of labor

Corta

Colombia/Argentina/France, 2012 | Felipe Guerrero
Aily Nash checked in from Berlin to see the Colombian world premiere Corta.

Desiccated, browned canes are interspersed with verdant new growth-the dogged proliferation of tropical vegetation fills the frame. A man appears. This nameless man, a worker, wears galoshes, a wide-brimmed hat, and carries some work equipment and his lunch. He sets down his things, prepares himself, and then begins to cut the cane with his machete. The scene ends when the roll of film runs out. Black leader is bookended by flash frames, and the next shot begins. Again, tall canes fill the frame, yet this time, a man is already in the shot with his back to us. He stands motionless for a moment (what feels almost like a performative pause), and then begins to ready himself for work. This formula repeats, with variations in each scene, and a gradual progression reveals the entire process of sugar cane harvesting-from hand-cutting, to the appearance of industrial farm machinery that rolls toward the camera in tank-like fashion, grabbing and dumping the cane into bins, which are then loaded into shipping containers and driven away by semis. The field is then burned, raked, and the whole process begins again.

If this were a film simply about duration and endurance, it would have been shot on video and the entire film would have been one long take of men cutting cane. If this were a film just about labour, we would have seen them constantly cutting cane and being 'productive'. Rather than beginning shots with the workers mid-work, in Corta we are often made to witness the preparations, and the rituals of work instead of the work itself-clearly displayed accoutrement, the putting on and taking off of bandanas and hats, suiting-up and getting into character. Almost equal time is spent showing them sharpening their machetes, eating lunch under a makeshift tent, and changing out of work clothes into street clothes on a mound of cut cane. We are made to witness the human rhythms of work and non-work within a structure of production.

We hardly see faces. Specificity of person or place is not being explored; it is anonymous and abstracted into labor and laborer. This is neither an anthropological, nor voyeuristic gaze; rather, we are witnessing an invisible system, the system of industry that has been remotely imposed, outsourced to far-off lands, on to nameless, faceless people. And as arcane as this globalized system of production is, just as abstrusely, these images have travelled across the world onto our screens, and similarly, the product of their labor, sugar, appears discreetly on our tables.

Duration in Corta has as much to do with the audience, as it does these laborers. It translates their rhythm of work and repetition into cinematic terms, into short vignettes, with lengths determined by the film stock. We are made to witness the worker's Debordian confinement within pseudocyclical industrial time, while simultaneously subject to a cyclical cinematic structure that both mimics, and is experientially distinct from theirs. The worker's immobility within this system of commodified time is linked to that of the viewer within the imposed linear cinematic structure which ends just as it began.

The use of music in Corta points to necessary loopholes, and ambiguous spaces outside of this system. The same percussive, metallic drumming that the film commences with, returns throughout the film over the leader between scenes. This music contrasts the diegetic confinement within the images and liberates the viewer into a purely cinematic space, while only ambient noise, and sometimes the radio, is heard within the scenes. The intentionality, with which one of the labourers turns on his radio, pointedly signifies a distinctly proletariat sound, in contrast to the abstract percussive tracks, audible only to us. An exception to this delineation is the wistful song of one of the workers, which floats in and out of one scene. It is unclear who is singing, but we know why the caged bird sings.

Aily Nash



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Februari 2012 #340

Slow Criticism 2012

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C'EST ARRIVÉ PRÈS DE CHEZ VOUS
C'EST DÉJÀ L'ÉTÉ
C'EST PAS MOI, JE LE JURE!
C'EST QUOI LA VIE?
C.R.A.Z.Y.
ÇA COMMENCE AUJOURD'HUI
CABIN FEVER
The Cabin in the Woods
CABLE GUY
CACHÉ
CACHORRO
CADILLAC GIRLS
Caesar Must Die
Cafard
Café de Flore
CAFE DE LOS MAESTROS
CAFÉ FLESH
Café Society
IL CAIMANO
Câini
CAIRO TIME
A CAIXA
CALENDAR
CALENDAR GIRLS
CALIFORNIA DREAMIN' (ENDLESS)
CALIMUCHO
Call Girl
CALLE 54
EL CALLEJON DE LOS MILAGROS
CALLING E.T.
CALVAIRE
Calvary (Previously Unreleased)
Camille Claudel 1915
The Campaign
CAN'T U HEAR ME SINGIN'
CANADIEN BACON
CANDY
CANDY
EL CANT DELS OCELLS
LA CANTANTE DE TANGO
The Canyons
CAOS CALMO
CAÓTICA ANA
CAPITÃES DE ABRIL
Il capitale umano
CAPITALISM, A LOVE STORY
CAPOTE
Capsule (Imagine)
CAPTAIN ABU RAED
Captain America: Civil War
Captain America: The First Avenger 3D
Captain America: The Winter Soldier 3D
CAPTAIN CORELLI'S MANDOLIN
Captain Fantastic
Captain Phillips
Capture the Flag (Race naar de maan)
CAPTURING THE FRIEDMANS
CARAMEL
CARAVAGGIO
CAREER GIRLS
CARGO
CARGO 200
CARLA'S LIST
CARLA'S SONG
CARLITO'S WAY
CARMEN MEETS BORAT
CARMEN VAN HET NOORDEN
Carnage
Carnival
CARNIVÀLE
Carnotstraat 17
CARO DIARIO
Carol
Carrie
CARRIERS
CARRINGTON
CARS
Cars 2 (NL)
Cars 3
Cartas da guerra (Ivo Ferreira over)
CASA DE LAVA
CASA DE LOS BABYS
CASABLANCA
CASANEGRA
CASANOVA
CASE 39
CASHBACK
CASINO
CASINO ROYALE
CASPER
Casper & Emma
Casper & Emma de bergen in
Casper en Emma op safari
CASSANDRA'S DREAM
Casse-tête chinois
CASSHERN
CAST AWAY
casting a glance
CASTINGX
THE CASTLE
THE CAT IN THE HAT
THE CAT RETURNS
Catch 44
CATCH A FIRE
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
CATERINA VA IN CITTÀ
CATFISH
CATS & DOGS: DE WRAAK VAN KITTY GALORE
CATWOMAN
CAVALE
Cave of Forgotten Dreams
The cave of the yellow dog (Byambasuren Davaa over)
CECIL B. DEMENTED
CELEBRITY
DE CELESTIJNSE BELOFTE
CELIA
THE CELL
CELL 211
CELLULAR
THE CELLULOID CLOSET
CELOS
THE CEMENT GARDEN
Cemetery of Splendour
LES CENT ET UNE NUITS
CENTER STAGE
CENTRAL DO BRASIL
Central Intelligence
CENTURION
LA CÉRÉMONIE
Certain Women (Previously Unreleased)
CÉSAR ET ROSALIE
Cézanne et moi
CHACUN CHERCHE SON CHAT
CHACUN SON CINÉMA
CHAIN REACTION
CHALET GIRL
CHALK
CHAMANKA
THE CHAMBER
LA CHAMBRE DES OFFICIERS
LA CHAMBRE VERTE
La Chana
CHANDNI CHOWK TO CHINA
The Change-up
CHANGELING
CHANGING LANES
CHAOS
CHAOS
Chapiteau Show
CHAPLIN
Chappie
CHARACHAR
CHARADE
CHARLES CHAPLIN DVD-BOX
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
CHARLIE ST. CLOUD
CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR
CHARLIE'S ANGELS (2000)
CHARLIE'S ANGELS: FULL THROTTLE
Charlie's Country
CHARLOTTE GRAY
CHARLOTTE'S WEB
THE CHASE
THE CHASER
CHASERS
CHASING AMY
CHASING LIBERTY
Chasing Mavericks
CHASING SLEEP
LA CHASSE AUX PAPILLONS
THE CHATÊAU
CHE PART 1 EN 2
CHE?
CHEAP LUDES
CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN
CHEAPER BY THE DOZEN 2
Cheerful Weather for the Wedding
Chef
LE CHÊNE
Cherchez Hortense
CHÉRI
The Chernobyl Diaries
CHERRY BLOSSOMS — HANAMI
CHERRY FALLS
Les chevaliers blancs
Les chevaux de Dieu
CHEVOLUTION
Chez nous
Chez nous (Lucas Belvaux over)
Chi-Raq
LE CHIAVI DI CASA
CHICAGO
CHICKEN LITTLE
CHICKEN RUN
CHICKIES, BABIES AND WANNABEES
CHIKAMATSU MONOGATARI
Child 44
Child of God
Child's Pose
CHILDREN OF HEAVEN
THE CHILDREN OF HUANG SHI
CHILDREN OF MEN
CHILDREN OF NATURE
CHILL FACTOR
Het Chimpansee Complex
Chimpanzee
CHINA BLUE
CHINA STRIKE FORCE
China's Van Goghs
CHINATOWN
Chinatown (gerestaureerd)
CHINESE BOX
A CHINESE GHOST STORY: THE TSUI HARK ANIMATION
Chips
CHLOE
CHOCOLAT
CHOCOLATE
The Choice
CHOPPER
LES CHORISTES
Chorus
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Chronic
Chronicle
CHRONICLE OF A DISAPPEARANCE
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA — THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE
THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER
CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK
CHUNGKING EXPRESS
CHUNHYANG
CHUTNEY POPCORN
EL CID, DE LEGENDE
CIDADE BAIXA
CIDADE DE DEUS (CITY OF GOD)
CIDADE DOS HOMENS
THE CIDER HOUSE RULES
Le Ciel Flamand
EL CIELO GIRA
EL CIELO, LA TIERRA Y LA LLUVIA
LA CIÉNAGA
Cigán/The Garden
Cinderella
CINDERELLA MAN
A CINDERELLA STORY
CINÉMA INVISIBLE
CINEMA, ASPIRINES AND VULTURES
La cinquième saison
THE CIRCLE
The Circle
CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
Circumstance
CIRCUS
CIRKELIENTJE
Cirkus Columbia
CIRQUE DU FREAK: THE VAMPIRE'S ASSISTANT
CITIZEN KANE
CITIZEN RUTH
Citizenfour
CITY BY THE SEA
CITY HALL
CITY OF ANGELS
CITY OF EMBER
CITY OF GHOSTS
CITY OF INDUSTRY
CITY OF JOY
THE CITY OF LOST CHILDREN
City of Violence
El ciudadano ilustre
A civil action
THE CLAIM
CLAIRE DOLAN
El Clan
Clash
CLASH OF THE TITANS 3D
CLAUDE CHABROL COLLECTIE
CLAUS, OP HANDEN GEDRAGEN
CLEAN
CLEAN, SHAVEN
CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER
THE CLEARING
CLERKS II: PASSION OF THE CLERKS
CLICK
THE CLIENT
CLIFFHANGER
Cloaca
CLOCKERS
CLOCKSTOPPERS
Cloclo
CLOSE TO HOME
CLOSER
CLOSING THE RING
Cloud Atlas
Clouds of Sils Maria
CLOVERFIELD
El Club (Pablo Larraín over)
Club Sándwich
De club van Sinterklaas & de pietenschool
De club van Sinterklaas & de verdwenen schoentjes
De club van Sinterklaas & geblaf op de pakjesboot
De club van Sinterklaas & het geheim van de speelgoeddokter
De Club van Sinterklaas & het pratende paard
CLUB ZEUS
CLUELESS
COACH CARTER
COBB
COCKFIGHTER
COCO AVANT CHANEL
COCO CHANEL & IGOR STRAVINSKY
CODE 46
Code Blue
CODE INCONNU
Code M
COFFEE AND CIGARETTES
Cold Breezes
COLD COMFORT FARM
COLD FEVER
The Cold Light of Day
THE COLD LIGHT OF DAY
COLD SOULS
COLLATERAL
Collateral Beauty
COLLATERAL DAMAGE
LE COLLIER PERDU DE LA COLOMBE
Colombiana
COLOR OF NIGHT
COLPO DI LUNA
COMANDANTE
COMBAT SHOCK
Les combattants
A COMÉDIA DE DEUS
COMEDIAN HARMONISTS
Coming Home
Comme un chef
Comme un homme
COMME UNE IMAGE
LA COMMUNE
COMO AGUA PARA CHOCOLATE
THE COMPANY
COMPANY MAN
The Company Men
Company Orheim
The Company You Keep
COMPASSIONATE SEX
Complete Unknown
The Complex
Compostella
Computer Chess
LA COMUNIDAD
CON AIR
Conan The Barbarian 3D
LE CONCERT
THE CONCIERGE
Concussion
CONDUCTING MAHLER
CONFESSION, FROM THE COMMANDER'S DIARY
Le confessioni
CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND
CONFESSIONS OF A SHOPAHOLIC
CONFESSIONS OF A TEENAGE DRAMA QUEEN
CONFIDENCE
CONFIDENCES TROP INTIMES
CONFITUUR
Il conformista (Thuiskijken)
CONGO
CONGORAMA
The Congress
The Conjuring
CONNY & CARLA
La conquête
LE CONSEGUENZE DELL'AMORE
CONSENTING ADULTS
CONSPIRACY THEORIE
The Conspirator
CONSPIRATORS OF PLEASURE
THE CONSTANT GARDENER
CONSTANTINE
CONTACT
Contagion
CONTAINER
CONTE D'AUTOMNE
CONTE D'ÉTÉ
CONTE D'HIVER
UN CONTE DE NOËL
THE CONTENDER
Contraband
CONTRACORRIENTE
CONTRE TOI
CONTROL
LES CONVOYEURS ATTENDENT
COOKIE'S FORTUNE
COOL
COOL & CRAZY
Cool Girls
Cool Girls
COOL RUNNINGS
THE COOLER
COP LAND
COPACABANA
COPIE CONFORME
COPS VS. THUGS (KENKEI TAI SOSHIKI BORYOKU)
COPYCAT
COPYING BEETHOVEN
CORAJE
CORALINE EN DE GEHEIME DEUR
CORDERO DE DIOS (LAMB OF GOD)
THE CORE
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel
Corn Island
Cornelis
CORPSE BRIDE
THE CORRIDOR
CORRINA, CORRINA
THE CORRUPTOR
Corta
CORTO MALTESE: LA COUR SECRÈTE DES ARCANES
COSAVOGLIODIPIÙ
Cosmopolis
COSTA BRAVA
COSTA!
A COUCH IN NEW YORK
The Counselor
THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO
Countdown to Zero
COUNTERPARTS (GEGENÜBER)
THE COUNTRY TEACHER
LE COUPERET
UN COUPLE EPATANT
COUPLES RETREAT
COURAGE UNDER FIRE
COURTING COURTNEY
COUSIN BETTE
THE COVE
COWBOY BEBOP: THE MOVIE
THE COWBOY WAY
Les cowboys
Cowboys & Aliens
COWBOYS IN KOSOVO
CQ
Crab Trap
CRADLE 2 THE GRAVE
THE CRAFT
CRANK
CRASH
CRASH
THE CRAZIES
Crazy (Workshop Filmkritiek)
CRAZY HEART
CRAZY IN ALABAMA
Crazy, Stupid, Love
CRAZY/BEAUTIFUL
CREATION
Creative Control
Creed
CREEP
CREMASTER MARATHON
CREPUSCULE
CRIME D'AMOUR
EL CRIMEN DEL PADRE AMARO
CRIMEN FERPECTO
CRIMES OF THE FUTURE
Criminal
Criminal Activities
CRIMSON GOLD
Crimson Peak
CRIMSON RIVERS 2
CRIMSON TIDE
LA CRISE
CRITICAL DECISION
CROCODILE DUNDEE IN LOS ANGELES
Les croix de bois
CRÓNICA DE UNA FUGA
CRONICAS
CRONOS
The Croods
CROOKLYN
CROSS FATE
THE CROSSING
THE CROSSING GUARD
CROSSING OVER
CROSSING THE BRIDGE: THE SOUND OF ISTANBUL
CROSSROADS
CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON
THE CROW
THE CROW: CITY OF ANGELS
THE CRUCIBLE
The Crucifixion
CRUEL INTENTIONS
Crulic: The Path to Beyond
CRUMB
CRUSH
THE CRUSH
CRUSH PROOF
LA CRUZ
CRYING FREEMAN
THE CRYING GAME
CUBA FELIZ
Cuban Fury
THE CUP
CURDLED
THE CURE
CURE & PULSE
Cure for Pain
A Cure for Wellness
CURFEW
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
CURSE OF THE GOLDEN FLOWER
THE CURSE OF THE JADE SCORPION
CURSED
EL CUSTODIO
CUTTHROAT ISLAND
THE CUTTING EDGE
CYCLO
CYPHER
CYRUS
The Conjuring 2