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Pop Kultur 2018: An Interview with Daníel Böðvarsson (of Pranke)

Like last year, I visited the 2018 edition of Berlin’s Pop-Kultur festival. My personal favorite discovery was far and away the Berlin-based prog-math-indie band Pranke (the German word for ‘paw’). Pranke bring repetitions in the style of Conveyor or Preoccupations together with the spastic rhythms of Hella, smooth grooves of White Denim, and explosive sax a la Tera Melos. The two-piece band crammed more sound … Continue reading Pop Kultur 2018: An Interview with Daníel Böðvarsson (of Pranke)

Berlinale 2018: ‘Season of the Devil’ by Lav Diaz

At last month’s Berlinale I managed to sit down with a pair of compelling filmmakers for a bit of conersation: Lav Diaz and James Benning. Though the Benning piece still needs some time, my thoughts on Diaz’s newest film, Season of the Devil, are now online over at Photogenie. “Lav Diaz’s latest opens on a paramilitary site, freshly bunkered down and established as local headquarters in … Continue reading Berlinale 2018: ‘Season of the Devil’ by Lav Diaz

Festival Coverage: +MLP+ @ Pop-Kultur

This year marked the third edition of the ‘Pop-Kultur’ arts festival in the Prenzlauer Berg district of Berlin, bringing with it a host of local and touring musical acts, as well as artist talks, workshops and film screenings. Unfortunately, the act I was originally most excited to see (Young Fathers) actually dropped out of the festival just hours before it kicked off. The festival had this … Continue reading Festival Coverage: +MLP+ @ Pop-Kultur

(Reminiscences of a) Journey to Lithuania: Vilnius Film Festival 2017

Though it’s now been three months since I visited, the Vilnius Film Festival left a greater impression on me as an experience than most of the actual films.  Its director surely won’t be happy to read such an opening, but I’ll admit it as a matter of honest disclosure: thanks to my window of free time matching Barrage’s runtime almost to a T, I slammed … Continue reading (Reminiscences of a) Journey to Lithuania: Vilnius Film Festival 2017

Interview: director Pablo Larraín on his new film ‘El Club’

I recently had the distinct pleasure of interviewing Chilean director Pablo Larraín about his newest film El Club which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Berlinale in February and has been selected as Chile’s entry for the Best Foreign Language hopeful for next year’s Academy Awards. The film is about pedophile priests exiled and hidden away by the church in order to keep their indiscretions secret. You … Continue reading Interview: director Pablo Larraín on his new film ‘El Club’