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!

Avril et le monde truqué - Environventure by Franck Ekinci, Christian Desmares

AnimaniaPosted by Martin 2016-02-29 21:24

The animation is as if Hergé had drawn Jules Verne. The storyline is as if Jules Verne had teamed up with JK Rowling and George Orwell. And Hergé. So basically, a great way to perfect this film would have been to get a time machine and send a copy to my 12 year old self. Unfortunately, that is not yet possible, but seeing that the production, as well as the characters, the story, the animation and the acting all adds up to a film as enjoyable for grownups as it is for young adults, that's quite allright.

Passed the Bechdel test

5 Eiffel towers of 6

Eva no duerme - Mummyheist by Pablo Agüero

VisionariesPosted by Martin 2016-02-16 21:42

Visually and emotionally it takes a few leaves off Roy Andersson's book, with long scenes, steady shots and intense dialogue. Agüero, however, fails to catch interest in what could have been an intriguing and slightly macabre story.

Failed the Bechdel test

2 tombs of 6

Petting Zoo - Teenpregdrama by Micah Magee

New voicesPosted by Martin 2016-02-16 21:41

As dramas about teen pregnancies go, Petting Zoo isn't bad. It isn't good either. It's not overly dramatic, and while most actors, amateurs as they are, range from questionable to meh, Devon Keller in the lead is actually quite convincing.

And the director is nice in person.

Passed the Bechdel test

3 landlines 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

Iona - Awkwardrama by Scott Graham

Five continentsPosted by Martin 2016-02-16 21:39

With few words, the feeling of unease is ever present, as a young mother and her teenage son return to the Scottish island from whence she came.

We are not sure what has happened, why she left, who the father is, but it slowly unravels as the film proceeds. The drama is gripping, but never devastating, the reveal is unexpected but not shocking, and all in all, it's a "meh" kind of drama.

Failed the Bechdel test

3 dances of 6

The American epic sessions - Docurecording by Bernard MacMahon

Music nonstopPosted by Martin 2016-02-07 22:38

It's not so much a documentary, insofar as it dwells on a certain phenomenon or event, presenting facts and subjective views, making the audience more well dispersed in the subject, as it is a bunch of old and contemporary musicians recording of music on ancient equipment. That's really all there is to this film, and that makes it pretty awesome. While some musicians, like Beck, really thrive in environments such as this, others, like some generic rapper, probably should stick to more modern ways of recording sounds.

It's fun to watch Jack White's unending enthusiasm for the techniques, and to witness Steve Martin not talk, not even sing, just sit there playing awesome banjo while Edie Brickell does the vocalising.

With few exceptions, the music is brilliant (where can I buy the soundtrack?) and the 2.5 hours feels much shorter.

Passed the Bechdel test

4 violins of 6

Room - Bottle episode by Lenny Abrahamson

GalaPosted by Martin 2016-02-07 22:35

This is essentially two films in one, one after the other. It's hard to tell whether each had worked on its own, but I for one think that the two halves compliment each other, making their counterparts better for the experience. Claustrophobic and intense, the opening act deals with the handling of despair and how to not transfer that despair to the next generation, seeing that they have no way of relating to the outside world.

The closing act deals with transition and possible consequences, and an uncertainty of the unknown. And both acts are brilliant on their own, but even moreso when joined together. Abrahamson pulls just the right strings, balancing the emotional tightrope without failing. The dialogue is spot on, the set design praiseworthy and the supporting cast kicks arse (have Joan Allen and William H Macy ever faltered?). But, due to the films central plot, it would have failed without convincing leads. Brie Larson is nominated for a best actress Oscar, and rightfully so. But the real star is actually 6 year old Jacob Tremblay. He's simply terrific, and I don't mean that as in "he's terrific, for a kid that age". He's simply terrific in his own right.

Due to inconvenient ferry traffic, I realised I wouldn't make it to my intended film across the river, and so swapped my ticket for this screening of Room instead. I suppose I got lucky, and I hope Room will get distribution nationwide.

Failed the Bechdel test

5 ponytails of 6

Maximum animation - Animarathon by Miscy McVariouspants

ShortsPosted by Martin 2016-02-07 22:32

A collection of animated shorts, each with more cultural subsidies than the last.

BLOOD MANIFESTO by Theodore Usher: 3 transformations of 6

IF I WAS GOD by Cordell Barker: 4 heresies of 6

LIFE WITH HERMAN H. ROTT by Chintis Lundgren: 4 stereotypes of 6

SULEIMA by Jalal Maghout: 3 pieces of coal of 6

NUGGETS by Andreas Hykade: 3 kiwis of 6

AWA’S DREAM by Zéna Zeidan, Yancouba Diémé 3 villages of 6

CARFACE by Claude Cloutier: 4 Heathers of 6

WIENER BLUT by Pavao Stalter, Zlatko Bourek: 2 throats of 6

THE MASTER by Riho Unt: 3 syndromes of 6

None passed the Bechdel test

On average of: 3.22 cells of 6

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