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!

El abrazo de la serpiente - Discoverydrama by Ciro Guerra

Festival favouritesPosted by Martin 2016-03-11 18:10

The first half is clever, well acted and coherent, told in two temporal planes. The main character, the one connecting the two parallel storylines, is refreshingly portrayed as a person rather than some magical spirit guide, one with nature, as often indigenous people are. After a while, though, it kind of flips out. Magic enters the scene, out-of-character allegiance swings occur, people are being generally weird. But the decline is not too bad, and the film as a hole still holds water.

Failed the Bechdel test

4 canoes of 6

Sky – Roadmovie by Fabienne Berthaud

Festival favouritesPosted by Martin 2016-02-16 21:40

Nevada. Since I’ve been there, the familiarity is, you know, familiar. But the characters aren’t. I never understood why I should care for Diane Kruger’s character. She’s completely blah. And the supposed male lead doesn’t even reach level blah, he’s just slightly more annoying than that. So while reasonably pretty, the film tells basically no story, involving characters that have no character. So what’s the point?

Passed the Bechdel test

2 bunnies of 6

El Apóstata - Frustrationcomedy by Federico Veiroj

Festival favouritesPosted by Martin 2016-02-02 23:20

The RCC is guilty of many things, and one of the less serious one is systematically inflating their number of adherents, partially by means of making it really difficult to leave.

Gonzalo tries to, and gets to experience the bureaucracy involved. Parallel to his dealings with the church, he has some emotional problems, involving one one hand his cousin and on the other his neighbour. At first, those stories seems unrelated to the A-plot, but they tie in nicely toward the end.

Decent acting and a lighthearted tone, but ultimately rather forgettable.

Failed the Bechdel test

3 dictionaries of 6