Filmfestivalen 2016

....the year'sShorts

Posted by Martin 2016-03-11 19:48

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Best director:

Jaco Van Dormael

Le tout nouveau testament

Martin Zandvliet

Under sandet

Leticia Dolera

Requisitos para ser una persona normal

Lenny Abrahamson

Room

Kasper Barfoed

Sommeren 92

Best lead:

Vimala Pons

Je suis à vous tout de suite

Brie Larson

Room

Jacob Trembley

Room

Sophie Marceau

Une histoire d'âme

Jason Segel

The End of the tour

Best supporting:

Jennifer Jason Leigh

Anomalisa

Benoît Poelvoorde

Le tout nouveau testament

Stacy Martin

The Childhood of a Leader

Mehdi Djaadi

Je suis à vous tout de suite

Björn Kjellman

Tordenskjold & Kold

Best ensemble:

Le tout nouveau testament

Avril et le monde truqué

Requisitos para ser una persona normal

Je suis à vous tout de suite

Room

Best film:

Le tout nouveau testament

Requisitos para ser una persona normal

Room

Avril et le monde truqué

Sommeren 92

The winners will be presented further down.

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As per tradition, or an old charter, or something, I thought it’s worth mentioning this year’s….

....animated:

Avril et le monde truqué

....cinema:

Draken (thanks to the staff, the screen, the theatre, the sound system, the chairs….)

....low-point:

The production values of Kothanodi

....shortage:

Documentaries

….short subject

Hopptornet, by Axel Danielson, Maximilien Van Aertryck

....best seat:

In the middle of the row by the second lamp, Draken

....should be caught at the cinema:

Spotlight

....documentary:

The American epic sessions

....cinematography:

Woo-hyung Kim, Amsal

….future promise:

Jacob Tremblay

….I met Lassie

Fairly certain I sat next to Lena Endre

….reading:

The Program and A Dance with Dragons by George RR Martin

....most GFF 1992-2004:

Amsal

….most uneven

El abrazo de la serpiente

….set/production design

Pascalle Willame/ Sylvie Olivé, Le tout nouveau testament

….theme:

Dickish kids who grow up to be dickishier

....vignette film:

Light… guides us through the night, and awakens us in the morning

….weather:

Cold and damp, then cold and snowy and then cold and damp again.

….screenplay:

Donald Margulies, The End of the tour

….villain

The evil stepmom in Kothanodi

….Bechdel spread

33% pass

….most frequent actor

I don’t think any one actor appeared in more than one film, but Sophie Marceau certainly played a lot of parts

….transport

Bike, walking boots

….Skarsgård:

No Skarsgård to be found. Not in the films, not at the galas, not in the audience.

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OK, so who won? Well:

Best director:

Jaco Van Dormael

Le tout nouveau testament

Best lead:

Jacob Trembley

Room

Best supporting:

Benoît Poelvoorde

Le tout nouveau testament

Best ensemble:

Room

Best film:

Room

And that’s all folks.

Film. Filmfilmfilm.

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El abrazo de la serpiente - Discoverydrama by Ciro GuerraFestival favourites

Posted 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

https://festival.giff.se/events/embrace-of-the-serpent

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4285496/?ref_=nm_knf_t1


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The End of the tour - Brovelistdrama by James PonsoldtGala

Posted by Martin 2016-03-11 18:09

I care little for Jesse Eisenberg, but I find Jason Segel to be brilliant in most that he does, and his portrayal of acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace is no exception. This time he has some great material to work with, as most of his lines obviously are straight from the author's mind.

The lines are great, but the film lacks conflict. It's basically just two dudes talking, but it's still interesting.

Failed the Bechdel test

3 pepsis of 6

https://festival.giff.se/events/the-end-of-the-tour

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3416744/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_3


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Dreams Rewired - Artmetamentary by Thomas Tode, Manu Luksch, Martin Reinhart Documentary

Posted by Martin 2016-03-11 17:32

The early history of film has seldom been told as playfully and visually innovative as this, and Tilda Swinton's narration is the perfect blend of cheerfulness and gravitas. Clever in-frame jokes and a loving approach to the silliness of yesteryear hold this otherwise pretty nonsensical film well above water.

Failed the Bechdel test

3 landlines with operators of 6

https://festival.giff.se/events/dreams-rewired

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4414694/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1


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Muhammad: The Messenger of God - Mastodontfilm by Majid MajidiGala

Posted by Martin 2016-03-11 17:30

Muslims like to claim that their go-to-guy was an actual person, who actually lived. That might be true, I have no reason to doubt that. The film, however, claims to be an actual representation of historical events and depicting the real life of young-to-adolescent Mo. Then, lay off the magic, please! With islam's poor track record of self-distance, and the film's own claims of being honest and true, suspension of disbelief becomes a problem when hocus-pocus abounds.

I'm certain that if one could just ignore the self-seriousness and the absurd claims, this film could be an entertaining one. If they shortened it from three hours down to two, and added som events, characters, conflicts and, you know, entertainment. I just came here for the comments.

Failed the Bechdel test

2 drawings of 6

https://festival.giff.se/events/muhammad-the-messenger-of-god

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3921314/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1


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Sommeren 92 - Nostalgiatrip by Kasper BarfoedNordic Lights

Posted by Martin 2016-03-11 17:27

Triumphs taking place on the holy ground of Ullevi holds a special place in my heart. Sometimes it's music, often it's football. When it's football, it's always because of IFK Göteborg. With one exception: Denmark defeating Germany in the 1992 Euro cup finals. While I wasn't at the stadium, but in an as well-packed beer tent nearby, that day I was Danish.

Clearly the underdog story has been exaggerated, clearly the evil bureaucrats weren't as evil, and of course the nice, less payed amateur players weren't as awesomely sweet and allround spiffy. But truth remains: Denmark only got to play because of a last minute disqualification of Yugoslavia, barely finished second in their group, and as such, the underdog story is true. The nostalgia factor and the location familiarity adds to the coziness of the film. Those who weren't around, or aren't Danish, probably won't enjoy it as much.

Failed the Bechdel test

4 penalty shots of 6

https://festival.giff.se/events/summer-of-92

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2378830/?ref_=nm_knf_t2


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Une histoire d'âme - Confessionarration by Bénédicte AcolasMasters

Posted 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

https://festival.giff.se/events/a-matter-of-the-soul

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4287014/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1

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Tordenskjold & Kold - Dueldramedy by Henrik Ruben GenzNordic Lights

Posted by Martin 2016-02-29 21:26

Entertaining, indeed. Historically accurate, dubiously. Well acted, certainly. Forgettable, definitely. I did like the bookends with a twist, though.

Failed the Bechdel test

3 pistols of 6

https://festival.giff.se/events/satisfaction-1720

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3702758/?ref_=nm_flmg_dr_1

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