Watched "Hard to be a God by Aleksei German and "Force Majeure" by Ruben Östlund.
Hard to be a God - Interesting interpretation of pre-psychological culture, surreal, probably not enough gore. Don't think the Middle Ages were as backward as German imagined.
Force Majeure - Manages to recreate the perspective of the intelligent observer as in Haneke's films. Still shots, lots of details in each. I really didn't think the subject was that interesting, kind of a subpar Haneke imitation.
Yeah, I don't know if he is making a blanket statement about the Middle Ages being backwards, but maybe the movie captures a more general feeling of the slow and messy progress of humanity and the many regressions that happen along the way. The movie was much more internally focused on the main character than I expected. Still an interesting movie and impressive cinematography despite how "gross" the movie and its depiction of life was. Definitely looked and felt a lot like Andrei Rublev.