Filmfestivalen 2016

Filmfestivalen 2016

Film, film, film....

Another epic journey is coming up! I plan to go to such varied and diverse places as Colombia, Parallell Paris, India and Iran, and even travel through time, space and dreams. It's a cineastic journey, though. My flights will be the lobby, my accommodation will be the comfy chairs and my tour guides will be movie directors. It's time, again, for Göteborg Film Festival!

Une histoire d'âme - Confessionarration by Bénédicte Acolas

MastersPosted by Martin 2016-02-29 21:27

Based on a script by Ingmar Bergman, Acolas puts Sophie Marceau in the part Liv Ullman was set to play. And it's a dream role for any actress, I'd wager. For this is no ordinary film. Sure, there are costumes, set design, camera work. There are lines, lighting and roles. There's even special effects. But that's not needed. This is a play, a radio play even, with just one actor. And, quite possibly, one role. So, while innovative and well executed, with an amazing performance by Marceau, one has to wonder, what's the point? Which might be part of the point.

Failed the Bechdel test

3 costumes of 6

Anomalisa - Automanimation by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson

MastersPosted by Martin 2016-02-02 22:45

When Kaufman decides to enter the world of animation, all bets are off. Add production by Starburns* entertainment and an executive producer by name of Dan Harmon and weirdness and high quality are to be expected.

After a slow start (it's basically just the protagonist Michael flying, taking a cab and checking in to the hotel, with the sort of garden variety conversations that come with that) things start to get more interesting. We, the viewers, share Michael's unease, due to increasingly unsubtle animation and voice talent tactics. It's at the same time hyper realistic and absurdly dreamlike and Jennifer Jason Leigh brings life to the eponymous character.

I can't pinpoint this picture, which probably is Kaufman's intent; the film balances between familiarity and far-fetchedness and does so just a wee bit off. And as such, it is definitely worth a viewing, but not a casual one.

Failed the Bechdel test

4 apple mojitos of 6

*) His name is Alex