Watch this Doc: "The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness"

Curator: Brian Rea
date: May 15, 2015
Categories: Art
Tags: Film
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness
Miyazaki in his studio

I saw this film recently on Netflix that follows Hayao Miyazaki and the efforts of Studio Ghibli. It's a lovely documentary—very spare and reflective—directed by Mami Sunada. The film reveals Miyazaki's passionate and sometimes painful struggle to help his audience rediscover their childlike selves. All while he himself struggles to stay connected to his own passion of making such monumental, beautiful films in the 21st century.

Its simple premise reminded me of another documentary, Gubben i Stugan, which translates to The Old Man in the Cottage. It's a Swedish film Nina Hedenius directed in 1996, and is exactly what the title says. It follows one year in the life of an elderly man living in Kestina in the forest. It has no narration and the only audio is the sound of the forest and the man's activities. It's as spare a movie as I've seen, but you connect so quickly to this man, his daily tasks and the passage of time. 

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