Tuesday, November 15, 2016

The Great Hypnotist

The famous psychologist Xu Ruining has a raising career, when he met the troublesome patient Ren Xiaoyan. The meeting is not easy as feeble-looking Ren is point by point against him. -IMDB

Director Leste Chen
Written by Leste Chen, Peng Ren
Starring Jing Hu, Zhong Lu, Karen Mok

Released 2014 China

Song of Lahore

Song of Lahore follows several Pakistani musicians, and asks if there is still room for them in a society roiled by conflict. Featuring the music of the Sachal Jazz Ensemble, and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. -IMDB

In 2004, Izzat Majeed founded Sachal Studios to create a space for traditional music in a nation that had rejected its musical roots. After convincing a number of master musicians to pick up their instruments again, they quietly released some classical and folk albums, but it was an experimental album fusing jazz and South Asian instruments that brought Sachal Studios worldwide acclaim. Their rendition of Dave Brubeck's Take five became a sensation, and Wynton Marsalis invited them to New York to perform with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. After a week of rehearsals fusing the orchestras from Lahore and New York, the musicians took to the stage for a remarkable concert. Featuring musicians Baqir Abbas, Rafiq Ahmed, Asad Ali, Najaf Ali, Nijat Ali, Ballu Khan, Saleem Khan, Izzat Majeed, and Wynton Marsalis.

Produced and Directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Andy Schocken
Editor Flavia De Souza
Director of Photography Asad Faruqi
Really cool person Wynton Marsalis (Mike's note)

Released 2015

A Boton De Nacar (The Pearl Button)

The ocean contains the history of all humanity. The sea holds all the voices of the earth and those that come from outer space. Water receives impetus from the stars and transmits it to living creatures. Water, the longest border in Chile, also holds the secret of two mysterious buttons which were found on its ocean floor. Chile, with its 2,670 miles of coastline and the largest archipelago in the world, presents a supernatural landscape. In it are volcanoes, mountains and glaciers. In it are the voices of the Patagonian Indigenous people, the first English sailors and also those of its political prisoners. Some say that water has memory. This film shows that it also has a voice.  -IMDB

Director Patricio Guzman
Writer Patricio Guzman
Cinematographer Katell Djian
Editor Emmanuelle Joly
Music Miranda and Tobar

Released 2015 Chile