Rare, carefully reconstructed archive footage gathered from hundreds of sources captures the bizarre happenings that surrounded the death and state funeral of Joseph Stalin. Director Sergey Loznitsa (Austerlitz) stitches these details together into a horrifyingly clear image of life in the Soviet Union.
Giant graffiti-covered concrete slabs, once part of the Berlin Wall, now stand at 75 sites throughout the United States, including a hotel in Dallas, a casino in Las Vegas, and a church in Arkansas. How did they get there? And why are the Americans so fond of these monuments, when they are busy building a wall of their own?
What looks at first like a fascinating ritual revolving around an elephant tusk turns out to be restoration and conservation work carried out in a museum. When seen from up close, these complex processes raise profound questions about the essence of artifacts and replicas, and their place in our reality.
The filmmakers of Moriyama San and ButoHouse return to Tokyo and embark upon an adventurous journey with Ryūe Nishizawa, one of Japan’s most influential architects. As he leads them around Tokyo, stopping for occasional meals and conversations, the two paint a portrait of the artist, his city, and his dreams of things that lie beyond it.