Tuesday, 10 March
GOOD NEWS 1990 (Good News oder: von Kolporteuren, toten Hunden und anderen Wienern) Directed by Ulrich Seidl 126 minutes In German with English subtitles
Director Ulrich Seidl (Import Export, Dog Days, Loss Is to Be Expected) is one of the most eclectic documentary filmmakers creating in Europe today, and has been knocking out hard-hitting, controversial films for the last three decades. The themes he explores dissect various dark corners of the society we live in. His films are un-narrated, letting the images and the subject's words speak for themselves. He also makes feature fiction films, but in the tradition of Agnès Varda, Luis Buñuel and Werner Herzog, there is often a huge overlap between his so-called 'documentaries' and his 'feature fiction movies'.
Good News was his feature-length debut, documenting the life of street newspaper vendors in Vienna. They are immigrants from Turkey, India, Egypt and Eastern Europe. The papers they are peddling are the right-wing tabloid press, which ironically condemn immigration. These men are paid almost nothing, standing around all day in terrible weather, and live in small rooms that are packed with other men. In other words, the film examines the bizarre relationship between the poverty-stricken immigrant sellers and the well-to-do buyers, many of whom are xenophobic. For director Seidl, this is a film about modern-day slavery and rulers, but also "about the insanity of normalcy in Austria." The word 'colonialization' isn't used any more today, but the power relations are still the same. This flick still remains on Werner Herzog's shortlist for top ten documentaries.
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