Cinemas of the Other: A Personal Journey with Film-makers by Gonul Donmez-Colin

By Gonul Donmez-Colin

An unique number of contemporary interviews with filmmakers whose works symbolize the traits within the movie industries in their respective international locations. previous the interviews, the writer presents an advent delineating historic information about the movie industries of the international locations incorporated within the booklet. each one interview contains of stills from vital motion pictures mentioned and a bio/filmography of the artist. as well as inventive matters, the focus of the interviews is to place the filmmaker in the social or political context in their respective state. The notable sort in techniques in the direction of each one interview creates a wealthy variety of tone and an overpowering effect of animation in the textual content. Cinemas of the Other deals a delicately researched and distinctive first-hand account at the advancements and tendencies in particular nearby movie industries.

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His films rarely find distributors in Iran, but Jalili is a well-known film-maker on the international scene. Det, yani dokhtar/Det Means Girl (1994), Yek dastan-e Vaghe’i/A True Story (made in 1995, released in 1998), Dance of the Dust (made in 1992, released in 1998) and Dan (1997) have been critically acclaimed at many international film festivals. Regarding A True Story, Jean Luc Godard is to have said, ‘A True Story may turn out to be a film that is not made very well, but it will always be ahead of the art’.

The first episode is about the roots of the book, the second about the translation of this book into Arabic and the third about the translation from Arabic back to Persian. As you know, the original version disappeared. We have only the Arabic version. qxd 27/3/06 3:35 pm Page 39 PART ONE: THE MIDDLE EAST | Is there anything you would like to add? One or two things about myself: I did not have a formal education in cinema. I learned by watching films of Hitchcock, Ford, Eisenstein, Oudovkin, Welles… Among the more recent film-makers, Tarkovsky, Kurosawa and Resnais interest me.

The directors needed more help. You can see it in their films. It is important when you work in that kind of cinema. Do you have an anecdote to tell? A moment you will never forget? It happened in Turkey during the shooting of The Time of Love. I have a special character to make connections with people.

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