Defending Cinephilia in 2016? Well, I fear that this year will be remembered more for it’s politics than anything else with both Brexit and Trump affecting me personally (my wife is still an American citizen). But we voted for neither and will have to live with the consequences of those that did! It’s also been a year where we seem to have lost a higher-than-normal number of well known faces from the entertainment industry, some like Bowie and Prince, completely unexpected. Anyway, to the point of our topic.
|Neil McGlone onstage at the Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge UK|
|The young Kevin Brownlow with the old Abel Gance, 1967|
I left Bologna on the Sunday heading straight to the Karlovy Vary film festival, where I am now their international film consultant – sounds posh!
Cinematic highlights for me at the KV festival this year included TONI ERDMANN, PATERSON, HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MAKI, IT’S ONLY THE END OF THE WORLD, LITTLE MEN, MELLOW MUD and the superb rotoscope doc, TOWER.
The London Film Festival in October was my next port of call for some bulk viewing and whilst this year was better than last, I still didn’t see that many films as I have in previous years. Notable highlights included MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, THE LEVELLING, ELLE and LA LA LAND.
Finally, there have been a few other films and TV series that have impressed me throughout the year such as I DANIEL BLAKE, THE CHILDHOOD OF A LEADER, HYPERNORMALISATION, THE SILENCES (Margot Nash), THE PEOPLE V OJ SIMPSON, STRANGER THINGS, LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP, WIENER, JULIETA and NOCTURNAL ANIMALS.
I still maintain that whilst some people continue to talk about the “death of cinema” and “they don’t make films like they used to” etc. etc. - this is a fallacy. Good films are still being made, it’s just getting harder to see them.
Editor's Note: UK-based Neil McGlone is a collector, program consultant to a number of Europe's major film festivals and an advisor to the Criterion Collection. He is the Curator of the Peter von Bagh Archive, a unique collection of the audio-visual records of the formidable Finnish critic and programmer who died a short time ago.