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…

  • All You Can Eat Buddha
  • Androids Dream
  • Arabian Nights
  • The Art of Speech
  • Bird of Prey
  • Blondes in the Jungle
  • A Bread Factory Part One: For the Sake of Gold
  • A Bread Factory Part Two: Walk with Me a While
  • Castro
  • The Days I Don’t Exist
  • Diamantino
  • A Dog's Dream
  • Extraordinary Stories
  • The Face You Deserve
  • Faust
  • Fish & Cat
  • La flor
  • For the Plasma
  • Fort Buchanan
  • John From
  • L for Leisure
  • La France
  • The Gift of Tears
  • The Gold Bug
  • Good Manners
  • Happy as Lazzaro
  • Happy Times Will Come Soon
  • Hermia & Helena
  • Kaili Blues
  • The King of Escape
  • Knife+Heart
  • The Little Match Girl
  • Long Day's Journey Into Night
  • Mercuriales
  • Mods
  • Mrs. Hyde
  • Necropolis Symphony
  • News, news
  • No Rest for the Brave
  • November
  • Occidental
  • The Ornithologist
  • The Park
  • The Parrot and the Swan
  • The Princess of France
  • A Proletarian Winter's Tale
  • The Rendez-Vous of Déjà-Vu
  • Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog
  • Shoot the Moon Right Between the Eyes
  • Song of Love and Health
  • Sophia Antipolis
  • A Spectre Is Haunting Europe
  • Staying Vertical
  • The Stolen Man
  • The Strange Little Cat
  • Struggle for Life
  • Suburban Birds
  • Summer of Giacomo
  • The Sword and the Rose
  • Tabu
  • The Tale of Iya
  • Tales of Two Who Dreamt
  • They All Lie
  • Thou Gild'st the Even
  • Time Has Come
  • Tip Top
  • Two Plains & a Fancy
  • Two Rémi, Two
  • The Unity of All Things
  • Viola
  • Waiting for April
  • When I Was Alive
  • The Wild Boys
  • Wild Haggis
  • The Wind Journeys
  • Winter Brothers
  • The Wonders
  • You and the Night