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!

Pecore in erba (Burning love) - Despotmockumentary by Alberto Caviglia

Focus: ItalyPosted by Martin 2016-02-06 13:22

With a total disregard for political correctness tells Caviglia the all but true story of Leonardo Zulliani, the boy who grew up to become the face of antisemiphobia.

It's a nice idea, to flip perspective and suggesting that bigotry against bigots is somehow also bigotry. Of course, it isn't, and the film makes this clear by it's sheer audacity.

However, some of the jokes are dragged out too long, and many are puns in Italian (hilarious, I do not doubt, but not easily, or cleverly, translated).

Still, a good romp.

Failed the Bechdel test

3 bow ties of 6

Sangue del Mio sangue - Priesthoodplanarity by Marco Bellochio

Focus: ItalyPosted by Martin 2016-02-03 23:20

It's all very good looking. Cinematography, costumes, set design. And while it's often interesting to watch the silly antics of medieval priesthood, and the two temporal planes (present and the middle ages) is a nice gesture.

However, there's not much narrative. Pretty much nothing happens, making the film quite forgettable. In fact, what I'll remember will be having to stop myself from commenting out loud: "But... if she weighs the same as a duck, she's made of wood. And therefore...." hoping to get an audience response.

The promised vampires eventually show up, if you were wondering. It's just that they might as well hadn't.

Failed the Bechdel test

2 keys of 6

Maraviglioso Boccaccio - Antology by Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani

Focus: ItalyPosted by Martin 2016-02-02 23:08

As framing devices go, Decamerone is pretty much the original. And the concept can, and sometimes do, work in cinema as well as in books.

What we have here, though, is mostly surface. Spectacular scenery, spot-on costumes and a heavenly beautiful cast. The five stories told within (making this, I suppose, Quintamerone) are of varying quality. The falconry bit works fine, but the one that's supposed to be funny just leaves a bitter taste: I guess we're to sympathise with the simpleton being tricked into thinking he's invisible, but he uses what he believes is invisibility to be a dick. A violent, abusive dick, at that.

But, yeah, I'd like to go to Toscana someday, and preferably not during the plague.

Passed the Bechdel test

3 supermodels of 6