Notes Toward a New Fabulism

A very provisional attempt to curate the (intentionally) loosely-defined parameters of what I see as an emerging positive trend in international cinema, a certain semi-conscious push against some of the prevailing trends of the past few decades, particularly within festival-ready and/or "independent" cinema.

After years of somber, contemplative "slow cinema", quasi-ethnographic neo-Neo-Realism, and (particularly in North America) self-conscious "naturalism" and defiantly inept "mumblecore", these disparate filmmakers are responding with a feverish embrace of narrative, storytelling, self-conscious artifice, forays into magical realism, and above all a rediscovery of FICTION.

I'm hereby grouping all of these films, tongue planted firmly in cheek, under the banner of "New Fabulism", in reference to something "New Journalism" pioneer, conservative gadfly, and natty dresser Tom Wolfe…

  • After Blue (Dirty Paradise)

    1

  • Trees

    2

  • Aleph

    3

  • All the Light We Can See

    4

  • All You Can Eat Buddha

    5

  • Androids Dream

    6

  • Apocalypse After

    7

  • Arabian Nights

    8

  • Aren't You Happy?

    9

  • The Art of Speech

    10

  • Atlantics

    11

  • Bad Bunny

    12

  • Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn

    13

  • The Beast Pageant

    14

  • Beyond the Infinite Two Minutes

    15

  • Bird of Prey

    16

  • Blonde Animals

    17

  • Blondes in the Jungle

    18

  • Bloodsuckers

    19

  • La boutique de forge

    20

  • A Bread Factory Part One: For the Sake of Gold

    21

  • A Bread Factory Part Two: Walk with Me a While

    22

  • A Brief Excursion

    23

  • A Brief History of Princess X

    24

  • Carne

    25

  • Castro

    26

  • Chained for Life

    27

  • Climate of the Hunter

    28

  • Concert for the Battle of El Tala

    29

  • Crumbs

    30

  • The Days I Don’t Exist

    31

  • Depressive Cop

    32

  • Diamantino

    33

  • Dim the Fluorescents

    34

  • A Dim Valley

    35

  • A Dog's Dream

    36

  • The Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet

    37

  • Dracula Sex Tape

    38

  • Dug Dug

    39

  • Ennui Ennui

    40

  • Extraordinary Stories

    41

  • ExtaZus

    42

  • The Face You Deserve

    43

  • Faust

    44

  • Fish & Cat

    45

  • Foreign Powers

    46

  • For the Money

    47

  • For the Plasma

    48

  • Fort Buchanan

    49

  • Le quattro volte

    50

  • Friends and Strangers

    51

  • The Gift

    52

  • Go Down Death

    53

  • The Goose

    54

  • Hell, or Pool Keeping

    55

  • A History of Mutual Respect

    56

  • Isabella

    57

  • Jean-Jacques

    58

  • John From

    59

  • King Car

    60

  • L'Architecte de Saint-Gaudens

    61

  • L for Leisure

    62

  • La Flor

    63

  • La France

    64

  • The Gift of Tears

    65

  • The Girl and the Spider

    66

  • The Glorious Acceptance of Nicolas Chauvin

    67

  • The Gold Bug

    68

  • Good Manners

    69

  • Goodnight, Cinderella

    70

  • Happy as Lazzaro

    71

  • Happy Times Will Come Soon

    72

  • Hermia & Helena

    73

  • Hotel Poseidon

    74

  • The Hunchback

    75

  • Jessica Forever

    76

  • Jesus Shows You the Way to the Highway

    77

  • Kaili Blues

    78

  • The King of Escape

    79

  • Knife+Heart

    80

  • Lake Michigan Monster

    81

  • Let the Summer Never Come Again

    82

  • Liberdade

    83

  • The Little Match Girl

    84

  • Living Still Life

    85

  • Long Day's Journey Into Night

    86

  • Lost and Beautiful

    87

  • The Bad Intentions

    88

  • Manta Ray

    89

  • Medusa

    90

  • Memories of a Boobs Flasher

    91

  • Mercuriales

    92

  • Mods

    93

  • Mrs. Hyde

    94

  • Name Above Title

    95

  • Namme

    96

  • Necropolis Symphony

    97

  • News, news

    98

  • Never Gonna Snow Again

    99

  • No Rest for the Brave

    100