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Tuesday, 3 March 2009

The Other Cohen in Montreal You Should Care About...

Yesterday I sauntered into the D+Q bookstore and wound up buying Empires of Tin, a gem of a DVD by Jem Cohen, (no pun intended) and a brand-spankin' new edition to the Libairie's DVD section.

I don't know if anyone reading this got a chance to see Jem's master class during Film Pop last year, but if you did, you know darn well why I am so excited that we're carrying this title from Constellation Records. For those who didn't see his mind-blowing, life-changing talk, this is the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with the filmmaker's important, breathtaking aesthetic.

Filmed at the Vienna International Film Festival, this epic work was a commission of video/live music, and Cohen's intensely introspective use of space and his unparalleled cinematography are coupled here with reading and music by the likes of members of Silver Mt. Zion, Vic Chesnutt and Guy Piciotto. A staggering work of heartbreaking genius....

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