What Got This Director Here?: He has a strong, definitive aesthetic that is very appealing to festival goers.
My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Once Upon a Time in Anatolia, which took me two long viewings to get.
What Did I Watch: His most acclaimed work, Distant.
Where Does He Fit: Distant has a plot, I suppose, featuring a man who takes in a boarder for some reason or another and they wind up driving each other slowly crazy. That’s not the point, though. The point is in the tedium of their day to day lives, the tactics they use to take advantage of each other, the stunning photography that makes the interiors claustrophobic and the exteriors wild and free. It was arguably one of the first films to make digital look stunning, and it features a great Tarkovsky joke. What’s not to love? Would very much want to see this on a big screen to fully appreciate the sounds and sights.
Most Valuable Asset: The sky is super pretty.
Most Excited For: It all looks good, but I’ll say Climates.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.
Coming Up Next: Very modern meta-man, Steven Soderbergh.