By robbiefreeling | REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog October 4, 2009 at 5:48AM
Is 2009 the year of Wajda? After the U.S. release of his long-gestating Katyn last February, Sweet Rush premieres a few short months later at the New York Film Festival. This kind of confluence is usually more the result of the vagaries of distribution than any sort of creative surge (though, seeing Claire Denis’s excellent White Material uptown at NYFF while her similarly excellent 35 Shots of Rum hangs in downtown at the Film Forum has to be regarded as some kind of positive augur for the state of world cinema), but even if Katyn was a Hindenburg of a piece, and Sweet Rush is something of a lesser excursion, two films in one year from the 82-year-old Pole is a gift worth embracing. It’s already been noted, but it’s worth repeating: along with Wajda, NYFF entries from Rivette, Resnais, and Oliveira make this year’s edition something akin to a geriatric director’s convention. That no film is an embarrassment, and most approach the heights achieved by these filmmakers’ youthful excursions, suggests that, for the right artists, the quality of artmaking is ageless. Click here to read the rest of Jeff Reichert's review of Sweet Rush.