Selected Film Reviews

Paul Haggis, two-time Academy award-winner screenwriter, director and producer:

I congratulate you for having made me feel uneasy, for having abandoned the safe zone and tried to go beyond.

Paul Haggis

Declarations after winners announced by Paul Haggis, who had been Jury President Fabrique Du Cinema Awards 2018, published by Fabrique Du Cinema Awards, Rome, Italy. “American Mirror: Intimations of Immortality” was winner Best International Documentary.

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Published by Film Inquiry, Australia, written by film critic Alex Lines:

“‘American Mirror’ is (…) a strange beast of a feature

“there’s a lingering, finely-drawn intelligence to Arthur Balder’s hallucinogenic compilation, one which welcomes many readings no matter how you look at it”

“with a healthy dose of David Lynch” (…) strikingly original

“Perplexing (…). It definitely shrugs off any expected genre conventions”

An undefinable fever dream

“‘American Mirror’ eschews any traditional documentary formats when attempting to align Balder’s own film theory digressions alongside the scattered memories of his main subject, which makes for a mystifying, if not wholly fascinating experiment”

“Perplexing (…). It definitely shrugs off any expected genre conventions

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Published by Fabrique Du Cinema Nr 24, Rome, Italy, March 2019, written by Chiara Carna:

Arthur Balder is an artist at the same time creative and meticulous. Indicative of it are the stylistic rigor and the aesthetic acumen with which he directed ‘American Mirror’.”

Susan Sarandon is more charismatic than ever in ‘American Mirror’. ”

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“Arthur Balder wonders what is the true beauty in “American Mirror: Intimations of Immortality”. A very graceful and elegant work.”

The Digital Journal, April 2019, LA, USA.