Documentary Fortnight Expanded
February 7th, 2006 11:00 AM
Paul Rosdy’s New World (2005) is a unique, 35mm sojurn through Eastern Europe, from Mostar to Sarajevo to Vienna, and from the last days of the Austro-Hungarian empire to the present (the geographic overlaps are a favorite motif), encompassing barrels of lingering Hapsburg- era history, old news stories, archival footage, work-life, and constant explosions of ethnic music. Rosdy’s thesis is up for grabs, but he captures the landscape of history on a workingman’s level, and for that I’d happily belly up to a five-hour work print.
Mark Atkinson, The Village Voice, February 7th, 2006