As a still-developing subset of films, Slow Cinema can prove difficult to categorize. Less dependent on runtime length than elements of deliberate pacing, long takes, and overall mood, Slow Cinema has found a richly devoted audience both at home and abroad. Some filmmakers may resist the classification as “Slow Cinema filmmakers,” but they would be hard-pressed to deny that experiments in screentime duration (in all its forms) play an essential role in their art.
Inspired by our current theatrical release, Days, from Taiwanese auteur and “Slow Cinema God” Tsai Ming-liang, last week’s Community Corner question asked for your favorite film in the Slow Cinema canon. Chantal Akerman’s classic, Jeanne Dielman 23 quai du Commerce and Andrei Tarkovsky’s highly influential Stalker were two of the most cited examples. Scroll down below to spot your favorite and a slew of other recommendations.
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– JEANNE DIELMAN, 23 QUAI DU COMMERCE, 1080 BRUXELLES (Chantal Akerman, 1975)
– 24 FRAMES (Abbas Kiarostami, 2017)
– SÁTÁNTANGÓ (Béla Tarr, 1994)
– GOODBYE, DRAGON INN (Tsai Ming-liang, 2003)
— Film at Lincoln Center (@FilmLinc) August 13, 2021
The Silence, directed by Ingmar Bergman
— Eli Hash (aka A L) (@elihash2468) August 13, 2021
The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Once Upon A Time In America
The New World
Wings of Desire
— Adiwriter, #1, #2 sinovac. get your shots. (@AdiWriter) August 14, 2021
SYNDROMES AND A CENTURY https://t.co/4soSjZdzMk
— L 0 U @ CANNES 74|Locarno 74|Fantasia 25|Venice? (@eLOUsiv_) August 13, 2021
I didn't know there was a thing called slow cinema, never mind a slow cinema canon, but it absolutely starts and ends with Jeanne Dielman! https://t.co/ozJ5JhaHhm
— Allison Miller (@Cliopticon) August 13, 2021
Omg, the perfect question for me. WHERE TO EVEN START wowowow.
— Jenny Nulf 👻 (@jennyleighx33) August 13, 2021
I haven't watched 24 Frames yet but how dare you ask me to choose between Jeanne Dielman, Satantango, and Goodbye Dragon Inn https://t.co/dUgpJOKOBv
— Max Restaino (@potheadfckbrain) August 13, 2021