What I realised with Spring coming so soon is that the apocalypse has taken a lot slower than expected. I suppose Hollywood has prepared us for a 2 ½ hour-long film, with a clear rise in action, climax and resolution with something visibly more deadly like an alien invasion. Instead, the birds are chirping. Even with switching to home-schooling, life has slowed down, and I realised that I have been absorbing more and more ‘content’ specifically related to this new and strange experience. Previously, I shared digitalised art shows that you should visit, now I wish to curate a realistic chronological ‘soundtrack for the apocalypse’ with its own little ‘film festival.’
1) Stalker- dir. Andrei Tarkovsky
Beautiful and beautifully Tarkovsky, this is probably one of the heavier films on the list. Set in a post-apocalyptic world in an unknown location and in an unknown time it serves as a visual and intellectual exercise in reckoning with what the end of the world could mean.
2) Only Lovers Left Alive or the Dead Don’t Die- dir. Jim Jarmusch
I cheated and these are two different movies, but the same director. However, in the first film Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddlestone act as stoic vampires, while the other features the already pretty off looking Iggy Pop dressed as a Zombie. Yet, neither are horror films. Jarmusch subverts these typical horror movie characters and instead uses these creatures’ stereotypes to portray individual oddities about us humans.
3) What We Do In The Shadows- dir. Taika Waititi
And if Jarmusch subverts, then Waititi ridicules. Having gained larger international recognition for his film Jojo Rabbit, watch as he again self-directs himself in this fake mockumentary about vampires living in New Zealand. Except this time he isn’t playing Hitler but Viago, a 379-year-old vampire with a Kiwi accent.
4) The Florida Project- dir. Sean Baker
Honestly very sad that this didn’t get the recognition it deserves as it is everything that good, pure, art-house, A24 produced cinema should be. Set from a child’s perspective, it is a heartbreakingly sweet and sincere look at trying to protect vulnerability.
5) Sátántangó- Tarr Béla
I cheated again, and I actually haven’t watched this yet. But as a 7 and ½ hour monstrosity, I will probably never have the patience nor the will power to watch this outside of quarantine, and then what will I have to brag about at dinner parties when I am older?
Written by: Borbala Pal