It's now eight years since Pedro Costa's austere epic, 'Colossal Youth' ('Juventude Em Marcha'), provoked a partial walkout during the film's world premiere at Cannes, with his pared down minimalism and extreme long takes proving too much for an audience used to a less challenging 'spoon fed' diet.
Just as today's local filmmakers are providing an essential birds eye view of the Arab Spring's complex aftermath, often focusing on details that seemingly lie beyond traditional journalism, Merzak Allouache's sixth feature, 'Bab el Oued City', gave us an invaluable insight into Islamic fundamentalism within Algeria when it challenged an old order rather than being one under attack.
The sci-fi classic 'Ikarie XB 1' arrived during the same year as 'Something Different' (Věra Chytilová) and 'Black Peter' (Miloš Forman) and picked up on the same groundswell of dissension that drove the Czechoslovak New Wave and, ultimately led to the Prague Spring five years later.
We are launching our new 'perspectives' page by republishing an interview that filmmaker, Gareth Jones, gave to our editor, Graham Eley, ahead of the Wales One World Festival 2011. Although the interview focused on Jones' feature, 'Desire', he expressed interesting and well argued opinions that ran contrary to our strong auteur position. Two and half years down the road, we remain committed to the notion of the filmmaker as a single controlling author but feel that it is appropriate to provide an alternative viewpoint.