Alexander Carnera 12 POSTS


Evil: The powerlessness of the spirit
(Transgression and the Inexistent)

The French-Tunisian philosopher Mehdi Belhaj Kacem wants to show us the path towards good by sharpening our insight into evil.

The conqueror of the useless
(Werner Herzog)

A genuine democracy must be open to dissent, the different and the useless. Only through this “conquest of the useless” can we get closer to the truth.

Dispatches from Moments of Calm

An insightful eye-opener for history as something more than linear progress

Re-traces WG Sebald’s steps through the Suffolk countryside
(Patience (after Sebald))

In the summer of 1992, the author WG Sebald, "irradiated by melancholy", set off on a physical and philosophical wander through the Suffolk countryside – a route that he later re-traced in his landmark book The Rings of Saturn

The rings of melancholia
(Patience (after Sebald))

The film questions the relation between the text and the image.

(The Will | Seduced and blackmailed)

Two films focus on the need for money. Will the desire for a sudden reward remove profound feelings of angst, despair and loneliness? And what happens when you manage to blackmail rich European women?

The birth of something new
(Cave Of Forgotten Dreams)

Modern man needs images that surpass our present clichés.

Paying attention
(An Encounter With Simone Weil)

We are invited into an existential laboratory in which the making of the film and the decision for making it are included as active momentum.

Two approaches to war
(Russian Lessons | Restrepo)

From San Francisco International Film Festival: Andrei Nekrasov and Olga Konskaya captured the immediate aftermath of the bombing, shooting, and looting during the intense 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia. Two other filmmakers focus on the everyday life of a single US army platoon stationed in the Korengal Valley in Afghanistan – showing just how easy it was for the Taliban to defend their positions in the mountainous terrain.

The heart of darkness
(The Cambodian Room)

The Cambodian Room takes us into the uncompromising and claustrophobic world of D’Agata’s search for the intrinsically human.