Week 5 Preview: Still Life, Jinpa, War and Peace, and Of Fathers and Sons

To get the preview portion of our podcast out earlier each week, we will be changing the format of “From the Booth” going forward. What was previously a single, weekly episode with previews and analysis of the last week’s films will now be divided up into two shorter episodes: one in which we preview the coming week’s films and a second in which we discuss the film from the previous week. For the preview episodes we promise no spoilers, but when we do the week in review, we will talk about the films in more detail and presume that you have seen them (or at least are not worried about spoilers). So this is the first of our preview shows. In this episode, Chip Oscarson, Marc Yamada, and Marie-Laure Oscarson preview:

  • Jinpa (1:46), a Tibetan film directed by Pema Tseden from 2018;
  • Still Life (4:50), a 2006 feature in Mandarin by Jia Zhangke set against the backdrop of the construction of the Three Gorges dam in China;
  • The second installment of War & Peace (10:47) from 1966, directed by Sergei Bondarchuk;
  • and the documentary this week, Of Fathers and Sons (11:33), an intimate look at life in ISIS families in Syria, in Arabic and directed by Talal Derki from 2017