In previous years of photogénie, a new editorial board has inaugurated a new run of issues with a mission statement. In the spirit of this open endeavour, this board has decided to try something different. In lieu of a distinct, collectively written mission statement, we offer up this first issue which contains essays, written by the members of this board, that can be variously taken as a gesture or a wider expression of their conception of cinema and/or the role and act of criticism. We hope that both readers and future writers of photogénie will gain sustenance and inspiration from these pieces and from the following issues, which we will have the great privilege to commission and edit.
Editor's Picks — From the Archive
IFFR2023 Field Notes: Textures of Displacement in Latin American Film
Alonso Aguilar reports on IFFR 2023, focussing on three Latin American films that model themselves as a refraction of uncontrollable forces.
Regarding the Pain of Mothers: On the Silence in Jeanne Dielman
Michaël Van Remoortere on Chantal Akerman's Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (1975).
Jeanne Dielman. “Keep your eye on the frame”
Ruben Demasure on the painterly aspects of Chantal Akerman's 'Jeanne Dielman, 23, quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles' (1975).
Treasured Memories at London Film Festival 2022
Ben Flanagan questions the goals of this year's London Film Festival.
An Aesthetics of Literalness: The Early Films of Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet (1963-1972)
Charlotte Wynant and Karel Pletinck on the development of Straub-Huillet's aesthetics throughout their six earliest films.