The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill
New PeopleSat, Oct 19 1:00 PM
Longhaired 42-year-old Mark Bittner, like the parrots who fly over San Francisco, is an anomaly: a penniless North Beach dharma bum living in one of the city’s most expensive neighborhoods and devoting himself (without pay) to studying the wild birds that flock the city. The film is a beautiful and eccentric love story of an articulate, formerly directionless man and the parrots he names and befriends. All of these threads combine to tell a single tale of bonding, goodbyes and self-discovery that comes to a satisfying—and delightful—conclusion.
Zurich in the autumn of 2003: an insidious change of climate, which had more to do with politics than the weather, made Christian Davi, Stefan Haupt, Kaspar Kasics, and Fredi M. Murer go on a spontaneous trail-hunting tour of their city. Each followed the irregular beat of life in the “Swiss metropolis of culture and economy.” They then combined their material into a multi-layered film, intertwining their individual styles and their different topics. Four film directors, four cameras, four points of view—in a film drawing an electrifying picture: Zurich as a trading center of money and mind, where the most diverse ways of living peacefully coexist, interrelate or brutally clash.