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Kamalzadeh, Dominik

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Der Standard - Austria | 05/09/2007

Six Bob Dylan characters in one film

At the film festival in Venice Dominik Kamalzadeh which according to him makes all other films pale in comparison: the Bob Dylan film "I'm Not There" by Todd Haynes. "Haynes, who had already adopted an innovative approach with the 'Velvet Goldmine' pop film, has created an intricate web in which pop, politics and contemporary history are intimately intertwined. In this vibrant Dylan compendium it's not just one actor who achieves the great feat of turning himself into the musician; here you have six characters, each with their own identity... Yet it's thanks to the way Haynes embeds each Dylan identity in a different aesthetic ambience and then merges them with each other that 'I'm Not There' becomes a cinematically challenging tour through an artist's life... Dynamic and underscored by numerous Dylan songs, the film constantly reaches beyond its main character and illustrates how pop images and songs take on a life of their own."

Der Standard - Austria | 02/11/2006

Borat, the Kazakh reporter

Dominik Kamalzadeh reviews the controversial new film 'Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan', which is now showing in cinemas around the world. In the film, the Kazakh reporter Borat Sagdiyev, played by Sacha Baron Cohen, travels to the US. "This grey-suited, lanky, moustached, and among other things radically politically incorrect, anti-Semitic, racist, homophobic and misogynous reporter from the Wild East confronts the world with his broken English. He makes no bones about his prejudices, thus exposing the similar but better-concealed resentments of his supposedly liberal counterparts... Significantly, Borat meets with much less resistance from the underprivileged. A group of blacks don't see him as a racist Kazakh but as a weird freak who happily adopts their codes. It's the outsiders who make a new kind of community possible, in which even strangers can be assimilated."

Der Standard - Austria | 30/08/2006

Venice and Rome as film festival rivals

"Nowadays an extensive programme that includes a generous sprinkling of Hollywood premieres is part and parcel of an A-rated festival like Venice," Dominik Kamalzadeh writes. "Now that it's facing a well-endowed rival, the Venice festival is even more dependent on this strategy. A film festival will be held for the first time in Rome this October, and Nicole Kidman has already agreed to be there. For its part Venice has long been struggling with infrastructure problems. The cinemas are old and the festival palace was temporarily flooded after a storm last year. Rome, on the other hand, has a brand new auditorium designed by star architect Renzo Piano. Marco Müller, director of the Venice festival, is a skilled lobbyist and his only trump card now is the festival's illustrious reputation. But at least this year it looks like the Venice festival, with its high-carat programme, will win the battle."

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