"My soul is impatient with itself, as with a bothersome child; its restlessness keeps growing and is forever the same. Everything interests me, but nothing holds me."
— Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet (via wordsnquotes)
You are often regarded as a director given to harsh themes. Do you agree?
I was never interested in cruelty for its own sake. But sometimes you have to resort to harsh narrative methods when the overall concept of the film demands it.
Are you referring to The Ascent?
Yes. This film is a study of man in an extreme, inhuman situation. He is in a position where he can only draw strength from within himself to stand up to the cruel circumstances. He is guided by such lofty motives as love for humanity and for his country. He remains human in inhuman circumstances. How can you show all this “gently”? I don’t think anyone can accuse me of using violence to tickle the audience’s sensibilities. That is taboo. I have never stooped to that.
I agree. In The Ascent no naturalistic details are in the frame in the scenes of torture, execution and physical suffering. Even so, the picture is very severe.
That might seem to be so by the comparison with “nice”, “undisturbing” films. I have nothing against pictures that make you laugh your head off. Laughter is good for your lungs. But there must also be pictures which disturb you, make you feel furious, compassionate and tearful. That’s good for your soul.
— Larisa Shepitko on her film The Ascent.
#127- Wings of Desire (1987)
"I now know what no angel knows."
(Source: thatmouth, via iran-ed)
"My car’s my best friend. My office. My home. My location. I have a very intimate sense when I am in a car with someone next to me. We’re in the most comfortable seats because we’re not facing each other, but sitting side by side. We don’t look at each other, but instead do so only when we want to. We’re allowed to look around without appearing rude. We have a big screen in front of us and side views. Silence doesn’t seem heavy or difficult. Nobody serves anybody. And many other aspects. One most important thing is that it transports us from one place to another."
— Abbas Kiarostami
Stills from Certified Copy (2010) and Like Someone in Love (2012)
“In front of ourselves we pose as simpler than we are.”
—F. Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil, §100 (excerpt).
"Forgetfulness is the only salvation. I would like to forget everything; to forget myself and to forget the world."
— Emil Cioran (via fotelja)
(Source: blackestdespondency, via heartvoyage)
Humanize Palestine attempts to restore the humanity that is often stripped away when Palestinians are reduced to calculative deaths, forgettable names, and burned and mutilated bodies, rather than people who shared loved ones, stories, dreams and aspirations.
Humanize Palestine attempts to honor the deceased as martyrs by bringing them back to life through their pictures, stories, art, and poetry. Humanize Palestine reminds us, that contrary to Western bias, a Palestinian life is no less valuable than the life of another, by giving the life the respect and dignity that it deserves.
"My eyes are tired,” he wrote in a letter to Giorgio, in 1935. “For over half a century, they have gazed into nullity where they have found a lovely nothing."
James Joyce’s chance encounters.
"Learn to love solitude. To be more alone with yourselves. The problem with young people is their carrying out noisy and agressive actions not to feel lonely. And this is a sad thing.The individual must learn to be on his own as a child for this doesn’t mean to be alone: it means not to get bored with oneself, which is a very dangerous symptom, almost a disease."
— Andrei Tarkovsky, from A Message To Young People (via violentwavesofemotion)
"Sometimes, carrying on, just carrying on, is the superhuman achievement."
— Albert Camus, The Fall (via larmoyante)
Cioran is the master of the aphorism. Each line is like a steely knife plunged deeper and deeper into my gut. Viscera be damned. I can’t read more than 5 minutes worth of this guy.
Faculty are increasingly hired on the Wal-Mart model as temps.
To add to the total dysphoria surrounding my academic future…
"In 1979, when the minimum wage was $2.90, a hard-working student with a minimum-wage job could earn enough in one day (8.44 hours) to pay for one academic credit hour. If a standard course load for one semester consisted of maybe 12 credit hours, the semester’s tuition could be covered by just over two weeks of full-time minimum wage work—or a month of part-time work. A summer spent scooping ice cream or flipping burgers could pay for an MSU education. The cost of an MSU credit hour has multiplied since 1979. So has the federal minimum wage. But today, it takes 60 hours of minimum-wage work to pay off a single credit hour, which was priced at $428.75 for the fall semester."
— The Myth of Working Your Way Through College - Svati Kirsten Narula - The Atlantic (via infoneer-pulse)