This article is from 2006.
There are some fine movies showing in this year’s Rosebud section. Originally instigated by Mark Cousins during his directorship in the mid-90s, Rosebud’s job was to show films that were ‘bold, shocking, radical, innovate and challenging.’ It’s often lived up to its remit: past works included Funny Games, La vie de Jésus, Mother and Son, and Nil by Mouth - and all those in one year, 1997.
Now its remit is slightly different, as it generally focuses on first and second time filmmakers. But is the innovation and aesthetic range still there? Guernsey is an impressive slow burner. Here director Nanouk Leopold ‘s meditatively shot, slightly aloof yet nevertheless humane examination of an international aid worker’s life eschews the usual musical cues and tries to suggest crisis in the character’s face and the way she’s held in the frame. When music does come (by covers band Nouvelle Vague) over the end credits - it feels earned.
Eliane de Latour Birds of Heaven goes for a more conventional film vocabulary, as it follows two Ivory Coasters trying to make it in Europe. Other Rosebud films this year include the charming, fixed frame oddball Belgian comedy Iceberg, and a slacker film from Hungary, Black Brush.
Madeintheusa (first Rosebud film), Cineworld 623 8030, Tue 15 Aug, 5.30pm, £7.95 (£5.20).