I watched The Red Turtle a few days before 2016 ended (and still this wasn’t the last film that I watched, since we also went to “I, Daniel Blake” on New Year’s Eve, but we’ll talk about that another time). It was sweetjaneeyre who advised me to go and I’m more than thankful to her for doing so!
A co-production of Studio Ghibli, Wild Bunch and Why Not Productions, this French-Belgian-Japanese animation by Dutch-British director Michael Dudok de Wit was awarded the Prix spécial Un Certain Regard, at the Cannes’ Festival 2016. It doesn’t come as a shock since this film, multicultural as it is, can “speak” in a universal language, without saying a word.
A little treat before we begin.
I really dislike to-do lists and new year’s resolutions, so I consciously avoid them. Especially when it comes to things that I enjoy doing in my free time, such as reading and watching films, I cannot and I don’t want to limit myself. When everything else in my everyday life is full of deadlines, time schedules and restrictions, I find considering pleasures as chores almost a barbaric way of thinking. So today, not having set any particular resolutions for 2016, I can reminisce this year light-heartedly, without worrying whether I “managed what I had to”, or not.
Since I really enjoyed last year’s post, I decided to keep the same format. The basic difference is that, this year, there are also photographs to enhance my 2016 highlights:
- The DOME, Experience «Traces» installation which I visited in March.
- My trip to florescent and always nostalgic Corfu, in May.
- My camping days at Kato Samiko, in August.
- My succeeding in my MA’s entrance exams, in September.
- Our trip to Sofia, in mid November.
- A job that, if nothing changes, will start soon.
I shall keep the same ending phrase as last year, since it still expresses how I feel: “I do have certain resolutions for the year to come but they can be summed up to this: create as many beautiful memories as possible.”
I wish you all a very, very happy 2017!
Chekhov A. (1894), The Black Monk, Athens: Roes
Tolstoy L. (1886), The Death of Ivan Ilyich, Athens: Roes
Well, my Instagram page is here to mock me, since I posted this picture 19 weeks ago, when I was currently reading these two little books! 19 weeks, that’s how long it’s taken me to finally write a few words about these stories and I am kind of ashamed, because I did enjoy them, I would suggest them to everyone who’d like to see Chekhov’s or Tolstoy’s views on life and death and I should have done it way sooner. I had to reread my notes and spend a serious amount of timing to write this review but what’s done is done.
The book portrayed in the photo was my summer slash camping choice and I suppose you can already tell by the towel and the sand in the background. This means that it’s been almost five months since I first started writing this draft which I’m now about to finish.
“…style is not the clothes you wear.
Style is acceptance of yourself and others,
It is immaterial,
It is your spirit,
It’s What’s Underneath.”
That’s how most videos of the What’s Underneath Project series begin, giving the viewer a rough idea of what’s about to follow. This series was created by two women, Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum mother and daughter, who decided back in 2009 to differentiate themselves from the prevailing fashion and beauty industries and redefine style by StyleLikeU.