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Last WordsConsidering Contemporary Cinema$
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Jason Wood

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231171977

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231171977.001.0001

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Gideon Koppel

Gideon Koppel

(p.60) Gideon Koppel
Last Words

Jason Wood

Columbia University Press

This chapter presents an interview with filmmaker Gideon Koppel. Koppel's work is exhibited in a wide variety of forms: from the film installation for fashion label Comme des Garcons to the controversial and never broadcast BBC film Ooh la la and the art of dressing up which explores the psychopathology of celebrity. Sleep Furiously (2008) became the critical discovery of the 2008 Edinburgh Film Festival, and then became one of the most critically acclaimed new British films of its year. The film is a meditative study of a small farming community in mid-Wales which observes the rhythms of country life, and the rhythms of the monthly visits of the mobile library. The interview covered topics such as how the film was influenced by conversations with the writer Peter Handke; Koppel's direct relationship to the community in which he films; the meaning of the film's title.

Keywords:   Gideon Koppel, Ooh la la, interviews, film directors, filmmakers, filmmaking, Sleep Furiously

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