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Dubai Garden Glow Park 

I recently visited Dubai Garden Glow. There are lit and glowing objects in all shapes and sizes. There's even a mini replica of Burj Khalifa. Everything is made of recyclyed materials and low electricity consumption bulbs.

The whole place looks very festive, almost Christmassy.  It felt surreal but I also had fun walking around. I encourage you to go. The park is open until 31st May and re-opens in November. There are several stalls serving food too. 

Here are photos I took from my walk around the park.


All photos © Hind Mezaina.

Park details:
- Entry tickets are only valid until 31st May 2017, - AED 60 per person
- Free entry for children below 3 years and handicapped guests
- Saturdays to Wednesdays: 04:00 PM - 12:00 AM, Thursdays, Fridays & Public Holidays: 04:00 PM - 01:00 AM (From 1st MAY 2017 : Saturdays to Wednesdays: 06:00 PM - 12:00 AM, Thursdays, Fridays & Public Holidays: 06:00 PM - 01:00 AM)  


Art and culture top picks for April-June 2017 on Tea with Culture Podcast

Listen to this episode Wael Hattar and I recorded for our Tea with Culture podcast sharing our art and culture top picks for this season. 




The episode includes:

1. Jurassic Park and Raiders of the Lost Ark Cinema Concert at Dubai Opera 
2. Shakespeare Under the Stars - Macbeth in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman
3. Performances at NYU Abu Dhabi Art Center

Exhibitions in Dubai:
4. Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme - And Yet My Mask is Powerful I at Art Jameel Project Space 
5. Samia Halaby - Illuminated Space/Documentary Drawings of the Kafr Qasem Massacre at Ayyam Gallery
6. Joshua Watts - Emergent Momenta at FN Design 
7. Vikram Divecha - Minor Work at IVDE 
8. Lala Rukh - sagar at Grey Noise
9. Artist Run New York: The Seventies at Jean Paul Najjar
10. Fouad Elkhoury - Suite Egyptienne at The Thirdline
11. Image of Self at Total Arts in The Courtyard
12. Fari Bradley - STITCHES TO SAVE 9 WITH at The Mine
13. Abdolreza Aminlari - remnants, Aidan Salakhova’s - (In) Stability, Ammar Al Attar - The Medium is the Message at Cuadro
14. Adel El Siwi - The Face and Beyond at Artspace
15. Abbas Kiarostami - The Everlasting Roots at The Farjam Foundation

Exhibitions in Abu Dhabi:
17. But We Cannot See Them: Tracing the UAE Art Community 1988-2008 at NYUAD Art Gallery 
18. Bayn - The In-Between and Lest We Forget Emirati Adornment: Tangible & Intangible at Warehouse 421 
19. Art of Nature by ADMAF in Umm Al Emarat Park

Exhibitions in Sharjah:
20. Sadik Kwaish Alfraji - Once Upon A Time: Hadiqat Al Umma at Maraya
21. Design House 2017: Change, Coordinates + Someone Else at 1971 - Design Space 
22. Sharjah Biennial 13 - Tamawuj


Film and TV Viewing Log - March 2017

Get Out (Jordan Peele, 2017)

Paradise Trilogy by Ulrich Seidl

Paradise: Love (2012) ★★★★
Paradise: Faith (2012) ★★★
Paradise: Hope (2013) ★★★½ 

Demons by Lamberto Bava
Demons (1985) ★★★
Demons 2 (1986) ★★

Moonlight (Barry Jenkins, 2016) - second viewing

Closely Watched Trains (Jiri Menzel, 1966)
Branded to Kill (Seijun Suzuki, 1967)
Step by Step (Ossama Mohammed, 1978) 
Modern Romance (Albert Brooks, 1981)
Tomboy (Celine Sciamma, 2011) 
Free Radicals: A History of Experimanetal Film (Pip Chodorov, 2012)
Get Out (Jordan Peele, 2017) 
I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (Macon Blair, 2017) 

The Trouble with Angels (Ida Lopino 1966)
The King of Escape (Alain Guiraudie, 2009)
Slovenian Girl (Damjan Kozole, 2009)
Laurence Anyways (Xavier Dolan, 2012) 
The Love Witch (Anna Biller, 2016)
Life (Daniel Espinosa, 2017) 
Logan (James Mangold, 2017) 
Two or Three Things I Forgot to Tell You (Ahmed Elghoneimy, 2017)   

Tiny Furniture (Lena Dunham, 2010) 
The Worthy (Ali F. Mostafa, 2016) 

Survivor: Game Changers - Season 34 - Episodes 1, 2, 3, 4 ★★★★


From Z to A and Zaha Again by Shumon Basar

Earlier this year, Shumon Basar recorded this reading dedicated to Zaha Hadid who passed away last year on 31st March 2016. It was for the Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings exhibition at the Serpentine Slacker Gallery in London.  

Shumon Basar is a writer, thinker and cultural critic. Between 1996 and 1999 he worked at the then-named Office of Zaha Hadid. Here for a Facebook Live post, he reads his lexicon dedicated to Hadid 'From Z to A and Zaha Again' next to The Peak, at the private view of Zaha Hadid: Early Paintings and Drawings. 


Exhibition: sagar by Lala Rukh at Grey Noise  


I love these works by Lala Rukh from her series titled "sagar" which I saw at Grey Noise. They are quiet, poetic and contemplative. I was happy staring into them and mometarily escaping the present moment. 


Lala Rukh’s first solo exhibition in Dubai entitled sagar comprises of a collection of enigmatic photographs of the sea that make her meditations on the nature of time and transience palpable. As a parallel photographic practice, they locate Lala’s travels between years 1992-2005 and extend her better known drawing oeuvre such as ‘River in an Ocean’ series, 1992 also on display.

The titles in the photographic sets mark sites across Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Burma where as though a seafarer traversing with a lens, the artist has stopped to take stock. Almost serendipitously, there is quietness as we sense the boatman’s oars gliding over the waters of Lake Inle or the River Irrawaddy. Lala captures the setting sun, registers the raising moon rays playing catch with the shifting tide. She condenses yet again life and time into the occasional vignette of a seagull diving for fish. Sets of photographs in Pegasus Reef, 1996 look like the lines that score our palms. In Beruwela 3, 1992 the viewer apprehends in the horizon two figures perched on rocks that one imagines are lovers. In Irrawaddy x, 2005 the silhouette of a lone man on his boat is possibly a fisherman.

Lala uses her lens as an undistracted viewer who sees both time and immutability joined in the invisible arch on which life is suspended. In their evocation of tidal movements these works touch up the philosophical question of being and nothingness creating a poetic portrayal of ebb and flow that is life.  


The photos I took of them don't do them justice, so make sure you go and see these works and the rest of the series for yourself. The exhibition is on until 13th May 2017.  


Art Dubai 2017 Review on Tea with Culture Podcast

Rafael Rozendaal - Into Time, 2016 at Upstream Gallery

In the latest episode of the Tew with Culture podcast, Wael Hattar and I discuss the 11th edition of Art Dubai. We highlight the changes we noticed with the new fair director, Myrna Ayad. We discuss works by this year's Abraaj Group Art Prize winner Rana Begum and the shortlisted artists, Doa Aly, Sarah Abu Abdallah and Raha Raissnia.

We discuss the various talks that took place across the fair, and the role and presence of Art Dubai's sponsors and partners. We also ask look at the changes to A.i.R Dubai and list some of our favourite works we saw at the different galleries. 


Please subscribe/follow our podcast on iTunes and Soundcloud if you are interested in more discussions about art and culture in Dubai and beyond.  


Here's a selection of photos from the fair I shared on Twitter:







Dubai Gardens at Sharjah Biennial 13 

Dubai Gardens, Hind Mezaina | Commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation, 2017

The blog has been quiet for the past two months because I've been busy working on a new piece commissioned by Sharjah Art Foundation for Sharjah Biennial 13 which opened on 10th March. The title of this year's biennial is Tamawuj and is curated by Christine Tohme. 

It was a huge honour to be part of this year's edition which includes a year-long education programme and off-site projects in Dakar, Istanbul, Ramallah and Beirut spread throughout the year. 

My work is titled Dubai Gardens and it is a series of 110 cyanotype prints accompanied with text by Todd Reisz. It was the first time I made cyanotype prints and I really enjoyed the process and the final results. I've also been receiving encouraging and positive feedback for both the prints and the text by Todd Reisz, which makes me feel happy and grateful.  


About Dubai Gardens:  

Hind Mezaina’s work delves into themes of cultural memory and the notion of heritage. For SB13, the artist examines the accelerated rate of change she has witnessed in Dubai over the years, developing a method of ‘visual archaeology’ grounded in presence and observation.

Dubai Gardens, a reflection on man-made and natural green spaces in Dubai, offers an alternative view of a city hyperbolised in the media as ‘ridden in spectacle’. These often public areas were built for various purposes—for decoration, as a refuge or place of tranquillity, and sometimes even as a barrier. Using cyanotype, a mid-nineteenth-century process of camera-less photography, Mezaina draws attention to the plants found in these interstitial spaces by placing their foliage on lightsensitive paper and exposing them to produce the images on display here. Rather than snapping documentation for a botanical study or indexing different plant varieties, Dubai Gardens is enriched by the slow speed of the artist’s mode of capture and reflects a meditative interaction with the city. Accompanying the images is a text written by Todd Reisz, an architect and writer, whose work focuses on Gulf cities. 




The biennial is on until 12th June and I strongly urge you to go visit it. There are works by more than 70 artists spread across five different areas, you can find the locations mapped here. My work is in Gallery 3 in Al Mureijah Square. 


The opening week which included talks, performances and film screenings was fun and hectic. These are some of my highlights that I shared on Twitter during the week. I will try to share more highlights in the next few weeks. 





March 2017 Art Season Special 

March is here, which means it's Dubai's annual art season with a wide range of new exhibitions and events including "Art Week" between 12-18 MarchSIKKA 2016 (12-21 March)Design Days Dubai (14-17 March)Art Dubai (15-18 March), plus Galleries Night in Alserkal Avenue and Art Night at DIFC (both on 13 March). 

Below are my top 15 picks of exhibitions opening this month, plus a couple of talks and events. There are also some new exhibitions in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah that are worth checking out which I've included in my list. 

Additionally, it is also the year for the 13th edition of the Sharjah Biennial - which I am thrilled to say I am part of as one of the commissioned artists. I will be sharing a separate post about the biennial which is on from 10th March - 12 June 2017, but I do hope you get a chance to visit the activities during its opening week (10-14 March), also listed below. 

As I mentioned last year, there is a lot to see and do during "Art Week", but the good news is even if you can't attend every opening, most of the exhibitions will remain for a month or more. So pace yourself and enjoy what you see.


Everything is listed in, but here are my top picks in the order of their opening dates (click on each title if you want to see more information):   


1. But We Cannot See Them: Tracing a UAE Art Community, 1988-2008 
Gallery: NYUAD Art Gallery (Abu Dhabi)
Dates: 2nd March - 25th May 2017 

This exhibition surveys one of the most important artistic communities in the UAE’s history. Community has played a key role in every modern art historical breakthrough, with artists banding together around manifestos, or turning to one another for support when art institutions rejected their innovations. Art communities grow out of critical and creative exchange among peers and mentors. 

But We Cannot See Them focuses on one community of artists, sometimes called “the five”, at an intersection of visual artists, writers, and filmmakers based in the UAE. Its members identified with a “new culture” of encouraging radical, formal and conceptual experimentation. Eventually, some of these artists founded the celebrated Flying House. 

The exhibition includes work by Hassan Sharif, Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim, Abdullah Al Saadi, Mohammed Kazem, Hussein Sharif, Vivek Vilasini, Jos Clevers and Ebtisam Abdulaziz. 


2. Once Upon A Time: Hadiqat Al Umma - Sadik Kwaish Alfraji
Gallery: Maraya Art Centre, Sharjah
Dates: 4th March - 6th May 2017  

Iraqi artist Sadik Kwaish Alfraji presents a panoramic multi-media installation reviving his childhood experience of Baghdad’s Hadiqat Al Umma. This park, full of plants, fountains and playgrounds, was a sanctuary from the city’s exhaust fumes and the blazing sun. It was surrounded by music and photography shops, cinemas, theatres, restaurants, cafés and markets.

Although it has lost much of its beauty over the years, the park remains a vivid memory in the artist’s mind and he uses his own visual and emotional recollections to recreate its rhythm. His beautiful drawings, which reimagine people seen there, are brought to life in black and white animations across 9 projectors. This installation will stir memories and emotions, conjuring a park that was a landmark in Baghdad and in the memory of generations of Iraqis. Alfraji’s recreation of the collective experience of this park in the 1970s belongs to his larger exploration of the loss, fragmentation and lapses in time that underline exile.  

3. Beloved Bodies II
Gallery: Barjeel Art Foundation, Sharjah
Dates: 4th March - 4th October 2017 

Beloved Bodies II  presents a compilation of artworks drawn from the Barjeel Art Foundation collection that investigate representations of the human body, traversing themes of language, landscape, trauma and remembrance. Each work alludes to the body in a variety of ways, ranging from more literal representations of physical forms to subtle references to bodily experiences in certain social, natural and political contexts.

The exhibition’s title is loosely inspired by French theorist Roland Barthes’ writings on the dynamics of love and desire. Barthes uses the term ‘beloved body’ to refer to the object of a lover’s desire, whether that is a person, an object or a place. The word l’autrethe other—is his way of describing the beloved or that which provokes in us a yearning to connect with or possess this other. In the grips of such longing, the body becomes a sensory device that responds to internal and external stimuli. Beloved Bodies II offers glimpses into different bodily encounters, including romantic and spiritual love, political oppression and gendered marginalisation. 

4. 66 Lbs - Said Atabekov
Gallery: Andakulova Gallery, Dubai     
Dates: 6th March - 12th May 2017        

66 Lbs by Said Atabekov features photo, video and site – specific installation to reflect on ancient nomadic tradition of Kazakhstan the game of Kokpar.

Kokpar is a Kazakh game played on horseback in which two teams compete to carry a headless goat carcass over the goal line.

The title of the exhibition 66 Lbs is from the mandatory weight of the animal carcass used for the game and cannot be just any weight. Heft is mandatory. It must weigh 66 pounds.   


5. The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence
Gallery: Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi 
Dates: 8th March - 8th July 2017 

The Creative Act: Performance, Process, Presence is the second exhibition of the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi collection. It brings together more than twenty artists of different nationalities and generations who have emphasised performance, process, and human presence in their practice. 

 The Creative Act offers a transcultural perspective on these defining aspects of contemporary art by highlighting interconnections among artists working in various corners of the globe since the 1960s. The works on view reveal common sources of inspiration, lines of influence, and distinctive contributions. Two commissions featured in the exhibition underscore the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi’s commitment to supporting the production of new work by living artists. 


6. Inside the Fire Circle - Mounir Fatmi
Gallery: Lawrie Shabibi, Dubai
Dates: 8th March - 27th April 2017 

The exhibition expands on the artist’s interest in the circle, its form and symbolic meaning throughout history. In particular, Fatmi examines the life of John Howard Griffin (1920 –1980), an American activist, journalist and author from Texas, who wrote about racial equality and was known for his fight against racial discrimination during the Civil Rights Movement. These two seemingly opposing themes connect through Fatmi’s interest in the idea of repetition, erasure, movement, and the tendency of history to repeat itself. As stated by art critic Lillian Davies in Fatmi’s monograph Suspect Language “Fatmi’s use of the circle marks a symbolic refutation of linearity.”

At the center of the exhibition is Inside the Fire Circle a new sculptural installation from which the exhibition takes its name.  Consisting of a configuration of jumper cables that spill out from a set of obsolete typewriters, their ends clipped to sheets of plain white paper, the installation reveals itself as a palimpsest of history, repeating itself over and over again. 


7. Stitches to Save 9 With - Fari Bradley
Gallery: The Mine, Dubai
Dates: 9th March - 25th April 2017 

Fari Bradley explores the nuances of language, history and memory. Contemplating either the usefulness or destructive nature of traditionally recited proverbs, truisms, and dictums alongside several new ones for today, Bradley renders them as signifiers, using textile and mixed media.

Stitches to Save 9 With pits the deliberate form of stitching against quickly spoken lines, fleeting inspirations and ‘quippage’. A proverbial expression, ‘a stitch in time saves nine' is an incentive: to mend a tear in a cloth, now, before it becomes larger and harder to mend. The ‘nine’ refers to the greater number of stitches that will be needed later, if one quick stitch isn't performed ‘in time’. This and other wise homilies in this body of work are falling out of use - just as hand stitching itself is disappearing.


8. Artist Run New York: The Seventies
Dates: 9th March
 - 30th June 2017
Gallery: Jean-Paul Najar Foundation  

Artist Run New York: The Seventies explores the transformation of contemporary art in 1970s New York. The exhibition looks at the vital role artists played in an artistic revolution that underscored multi-disciplinary collaborations that went beyond the visual arts to include performance, film, theatre, dance, writing and music. The blurring of these lines served to influence the trajectories of each discipline for decades to come.   


9. The Vast: Mirrors Of The Mind - Bill Viola 
Gallery: Leila Heller Gallery (Dubai) 
Dates: 9th March - 22nd April 2017 

A selection of pioneering video pieces, including works from the Sufi-inspired series Transfiguration Studies (2008), desert-based mediations on existence from the Mirage (2012) series, and the hauntingly infinite fluidity of the Water Portraits (2013), The Vast: Mirrors of the Mind seeks to reveal to the viewer the thematic relationships in Viola’s work of the portrayal of desert and water as emblematic of his explorations of the voyage of life and death, consciousness and reflection—East to West.


10. sagar - Lala Rukh
Gallery: Grey Noise
Dates: 9th March - 13th May 2017 

Lala Rukh’s first solo exhibition in Dubai entitled sagar comprises of a collection of enigmatic photographs of the sea that make her meditations on the nature of time and transience palpable.

As a parallel photographic practice, they locate Lala’s travels between years 1992-2005 and extend her better known drawing oeuvre such as ‘River in an Ocean’ series, 1992 also on display. The titles in the photographic sets mark sites across Sri Lanka, India, Nepal and Burma where as though a seafarer traversing with a lens, the artist has stopped to take stock.  


11. Sharjah Art Biennial 13: Tamawuj
Venue: Sharjah Art Foundation and various other venues 
Dates: 10th March - 12th June 2017 (Opening Week Programme 10-14 March)

Tamawuj, a noun in Arabic which is defined as a rising and falling in waves, but also a flowing, swelling, surging, fluctuation or a wavy undulating appearance outline or form, is reflective of SB13’s aims to cultivate collaborations, infrastructures and strategies within Sharjah and the project localities.

The Biennial poses questions around, and proposes answers to the conditions for the possibility of an art world. In a region currently being invested with larger institutions and lesser infrastructures, SB13 will cross from the ideal to the material. Vital interventions will stretch the idea of the biennial in order to traverse rooted contexts, harnessing the agility and fragility of present informal networks. 

Opening Week Programme can be found here.


12. Redemptive Narratives and Migrating Patterns - Samira Abbassy
Gallery: XVA Gallery, Dubai
Dates: 11th March - 25th May 2017

Redemptive Narratives and Migrating Patterns features , the second solo show of Samira Abbassy at XVA features works on paper and oil paintings on gesso panel, from 2002 to 2016.

Abbassy describes her work as an excavation of art history and an exploration of the Self; a form of autobiographical self-portraiture that draws from tradition, history and culture, whilst simultaneously offering contemporary ideas and reminders to the viewer.



13. Write Injuries on Sand and Kindness in Marble - Hera Büyüktaşçıyan 
Gallery: Green Art Gallery, Dubai
Dates: 13th March - 6th May 2017  

In her solo exhibition at Green Art Gallery, Write Injuries on Sand and Kindness in Marble, Hera Büyüktaşçıyan uses the space’s previous life as a marble factory as a starting point for questions about frameworks of power, labour, production and reconstruction of memory. 

Much of Büyüktaşçıyan’s work is defined by an architectural and anthropological approach, and she often favours site-specific installations inspired by the memories found within a place. She examines the way in which virtual spaces operate in relation to the physical, and how fragments of time and memory can be unearthed, restructured and woven together to bring to life a forgotten aspect of time and history. As ever, she also touches on larger issues of geopolitics, culture and ongoing change. 

Here, she examines the relationship between labour and productivity. The long-forgotten fingerprints of marble workers trigger deeper questions and reflections on the dynamics of the architecture of power, and the invisible builders whose hands shape the social, urban and historical landscape. Just as Büyüktaşçıyan believes in the functional memory embedded within the marble itself, so too she looks towards the marble workers as the living embodiment of the reconstruction of a virtual space, as each carries within them their own mental space of their own geography. 


14. Art Dubai Modern Symposium
Venue and dates: 13th March (Modern Lounge, Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah) and 17-18 March (Concrete, Alserkal Avenue) 

The inaugural edition of Art Dubai Modern Symposium is a series of talks and presentations focused on the life, work and cultural impact of 20th century masters from the Middle East, South Asia and Africa.

Renowned curators, scholars and patrons lead the sessions that delve into the styles, influences and practices of artists whose work contributes to the history of art produced in the 20th century.  Topics include "Women and Modernity", "Preserving Modernism", the influence of spirituality in Modern art from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia and the incfluences by modernists from the Maghreb and South Asia. 

The complete schedule can be found here


15. Global Art Forum 11: Trading Places 
Venue: Art Dubai, Madinat Jumeirah
Dates: 15th-17th March 2017


Global Art Forum 11: Trading Places explores the relationship between the economy of goods and ideas that constantly shape who and where we are.

From ancient ports to the “New Silk Road” to algorithmic financial markets, the infrastructure of trade is also a geography of imagination and invention. It is also the foundation upon which Dubai and sibling Gulf cities have forged their pasts and their futures, from pearls to airports.

The complete schedule can be found here





Film and TV Viewing Log - February 2017

Silence, Martin Scorsese

Silence (Martin Scorsese, 2016)

Bunny Lake is Missing (Otto Preminger, 1965)
Interstellar (Christoper Nolan, 2014) 
Labyrinth (Jim Henson, 1986) 
Hidden Figures (Theodore Melfi, 2016)  
Jackie (Pablo Larrain, 2016) 
Snowden (Oliver Stone, 2016) 
John Wick: Chapter 2 (Chad Stahelski, 2017)  

Shampoo (Hal Ashby, 1975)
WarGames (John Badham, 1983)   
Meet Dave (Brian Robbins, 2008)  
By the Sea (Angelina Jolie, 2015)
Parisienne (Danielle Arbid, 2015)  
Cafe Society (Woody Allen, 2016)
A Decent Woman / Los decentes (Lukas Valenta Rinner, 2016)
Loving (Jeff Nichols, 2016) 
Sing Street (John Carney, 2016)
Split (M. Night Shyamalan, 2016)
Romance (Catherine Breillat, 1999) 


THX 1138 (George Lucas, 1971, 35mm)  
Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick, 1975) 
Letters from a Dead Man / Pisma mjortwowo tscheloweka (Konstantin Lopuschanski, 1986, 35mm) 
Strange Days (Kathryn Bigelow, 1995, 35mm)   
I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck, 2016) 
Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino, 2017)
In the Intense Now / No Intenso Agora  (João Moreira Salles, 2017)     

1984 (Michael Anderson), 1956, 35mm)
The Cotton Club (Francis Ford Coppola, 1984, 35mm)   
Seconds (John Frakenheimer, 1966, 35mm) 
World on a Wire / Welt am Draht (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1973)    
Casting (Nicolas Wackerbarth, 2017)
A Fantastic Woman / Una mujer fantástica  (Sebastián Lelio, 2017)  
Not Everyday is Spring (Haig Aivazian, 2017) 
On the Beach at Night Alone / Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja (Hong Sangsoo, 2017)  
The Other Side of Hope / Toivon tuolla puolen (Aki Kaurismäki, 2017) 

A Trip to Mars  / Himmelskibet (Holger-Madsen, 1918, 35mm)  
Aimless Bullet / Obaltan  (Yu Hyun-mok, 1961) 
Ikarie XB 1 (Jindřich Polák, 1963)  
On the Silver Globe / Na srebrnym globie  (Andrzej Żuławski, 1978/1989)  
Dark City (Alex Proyas, 1998, 35mm) 
Dayveon (Amman Abbasi, 2017) 
El Mar La Mar (Joshua Bonnetta, J.P. Sniadecki, 2017)  
Mama Colonel / Maman Colonelle  (Dieudo Hamadi, 2017) 
On Body and Soul / Testről és lélekről (Ildikó Enyedi, 2017)  
The Sea Stares at Us from Afar / El mar nos mira de lejos (Manuel Muñoz Rivas, 2017) 
Untitled (Michael Glawogger, Monika Willi, 2017)
Vazante (Daniela Thomas, 2017) 

Oh The Days / Alyam, Alyam (Ahmed El Maanouni, 1978)  
Oil Gobblers / Ropáci (Jan Svěrák, 1988, 35mm)  
Django (Etienne Comar, 2017) 
House in the Fields / Tigmi n Igren  (Tala Hadid, 2017) 
The Taste of Betel Nut  / Bing Lang Xue (Hu Jia, 2017)  
The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue / Yozora ha itsu demo saikou mitsudo no aoiro da (Yuya Ishii, 2017)  

Berlinale 2017  

I've just come back from 67th edition of Berlinale (my second time since 2014). I had a great week of watching new and old films at the film festival. 

There's always a feeling of missing out no matter what you see becauase of the number of films screening at Berlinale, so you just have to go with the flow and see what you can each day. 

The misses are usually more than the hits at Berlinale and out of the 19 new films I watched, I only loved/really liked six of them: 
  • Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino)  
  • A Fantastic Woman / Una mujer fantástica  (Sebastián Lelio) 
  • I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck) 
  • In the Intense Now / No Intenso Agora  (João Moreira Salles)  
  • On the Beach at Night Alone / Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja (Hong Sangsoo) 
  • The Other Side of Hope / Toivon tuolla puolen (Aki Kaurismäki) 

As for the Homage and Retrospective sections, I loved most of it and it was more or less what actually made me go to the festival. The Homage section was dedicated to year is dedicated to costume designer Milena Canner, and it included a screening of Stanley Kubrick's Barry Lyndon, a film I have been holding off to see because I wanted my first viewing to be on the big screen. Glad I waited all this time, because the film is exquisite and deserves to be only watched on the big screen. It truly is a masterpiece. 

The Retrospective section was dedicated science fiction films and was titled "Future Imperfect: Science - Fiction - Film". It included a fantastic list of films, many were screened on 35mm and I was glad to discover lots of old films I had not seen before. One screening even included live piano, it was for A Trip to Mars (Holger-Madsen, 1918). One of the highlights from this section was watching my first Rainer Werner Fassbinder, World on a Wire / Welt am Draht from 1973. Quite apt to see my fist Fassbinder film in Berlin. 

Below is the complete list of films I watched and my rating for each one. I will share my thoughts of some of the films in the next post.    

Films I watched, listed according to the sections they were in: 

Django (Etienne Comar) ★★
A Fantastic Woman / Una mujer fantástica  (Sebastián Lelio)  ★★★★ 
On Body and Soul / Testről és lélekről (Ildikó Enyedi)  ★★★
On the Beach at Night Alone / Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja (Hong Sangsoo) ★★★★
The Other Side of Hope / Toivon tuolla puolen (Aki Kaurismäki) ★★★★

Call Me By Your Name (Luca Guadagnino) ★★★★★ 
I Am Not Your Negro (Raoul Peck) ★★★★★  
In the Intense Now / No Intenso Agora  (João Moreira Salles) ★★★★★   
The Taste of Betel Nut  / Bing Lang Xue (Hu Jia) ★★
Untitled (Michael Glawogger, Monika Willi) ★★★
Vazante (Daniela Thomas) ★★★

Aimless Bullet / Obaltan  (Yu Hyun-mok, 1961) ★★★
Casting (Nicolas Wackerbarth) ★★★★  
Dayveon (Amman Abbasi) ★★★
El Mar La Mar (Joshua Bonnetta, J.P. Sniadecki) 
House in the Fields / Tigmi n Igren  (Tala Hadid) ★★
Mama Colonel / Maman Colonelle  (Dieudo Hamadi) ★★★
Not Everyday is Spring (Haig Aivazian) ★★★★
Oh The Days / Alyam, Alyam (Ahmed El Maanouni, 1978) ★★
The Sea Stares at Us from Afar / El mar nos mira de lejos (Manuel Muñoz Rivas) ★★★
The Tokyo Night Sky Is Always the Densest Shade of Blue / Yozora ha itsu demo saikou mitsudo no aoiro da (Yuya Ishii) ★★

Barry Lyndon (Stanley Kubrick, 1975) ★★★★★
The Cotton Club (Francis Ford Coppola, 1984, 35mm) ★★★★

1984 (Michael Anderson), 1956, 35mm) ★★★★
Dark City (Alex Proyas, 1998, 35mm) ★★★
Ikarie XB 1 (Jindřich Polák, 1963) ★★★
Letters from a Dead Man / Pisma mjortwowo tscheloweka (Konstantin Lopuschanski, 1986, 35mm) ★★★★★ 
Oil Gobblers / Ropáci (Jan Svěrák, 1988, 35mm) ★★
On the Silver Globe / Na srebrnym globie  (Andrzej Żuławski, 1978/1989) ★★★
Seconds (John Frakenheimer, 1966, 35mm) ★★★★
Strange Days (Kathryn Bigelow, 1995, 35mm) ★★★★★  
THX 1138 (George Lucas, 1971, 35mm) ★★★★★ 
A Trip to Mars  / Himmelskibet (Holger-Madsen, 1918, 35mm) ★★★
World on a Wire / Welt am Draht (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1973)  ★★★★★ 

If you are interested, these are the posts I shared on Twitter whilst I was in Berlin:
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