I don’t usually read too much of the description, as I like to avoid descriptions that give away too much of the movie. That generally doesn’t hold for Documentary films, which this is.
“A sublime work of personal vision, the debut feature by the Mexican Ethiopian filmmaker Jessica Beshir is a hypnotic documentary immersion in the world of Ethiopia’s Oromo and Harari communities, places where one commodity—khat, a euphoria-inducing plant once prized for its supposedly mystical properties—holds sway over the rituals and rhythms of everyday life. As if under the influence of the drug itself, Faya dayi unfurls as intoxicating, trance-state cinema, capturing intimate moments in the existence of everyone from the harvesters of the crop to people lost in its narcotic haze to a desperate but determined younger generation searching for an escape from the region’s political strife. The director’s exquisite monochrome cinematography—each frame a masterpiece sculpted from light and shadow—and the film’s time-bending, elliptical editing create a ravishing sensory experience that hovers between consciousness and dreaming.”
The description sounds as great as the artwork. This is going to be a must buy for me!
One of the few SIdney Poitier films I have not seen. That and this beautiful looking cover art, makes this a must for me. though I am disappointed there is no commentary. Though still a definite buy for me.
If I have a quality Bluray release I see no need to upgrade to UHD (case in point, I already have the beautiful Criterion NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD Blu-ray release, so will not be upgrading to the new UHD release). However if I do not already have the Blu-ray as in this case, for a movie I love (such as BLOW_OUT, which is one of DePalma’s best) going for the combo UHD edition with Bluray is a no-brainer.
2022, After a few years of uneven releases, is shaping up to be one of the best release years for Criterion in decades!