Category: Foreign

ADLFF ’18: FUNAN [2018]

There are countless films that depict horrid acts against entire countries and populations. However, there is not a large amount of such films that are animated. Depending on the style of animation, the atmosphere of the catastrophe can be controlled with a pencil. In… Continue Reading “ADLFF ’18: FUNAN [2018]”

ADLFF ’18: DIAMANTINO [2018]

A bizarre film that is both hilarious and sad with many strange and surreal scenes, Diamantino is determined, maybe too determined, to be as ludicrous as possible. Somehow though, within the bizarre nature of the plot, lies an unexpected emotional core, with a pinch… Continue Reading “ADLFF ’18: DIAMANTINO [2018]”

ADLFF ’18: WOMAN AT WAR [2018]

Halla is a middle-aged women who has declared war on the aluminum industry to prevent it from ruining her country. She is pulling down electrical poles as fast as she can to destroy infrastructure. It isn’t long before she is being hunted by law… Continue Reading “ADLFF ’18: WOMAN AT WAR [2018]”

TIFF 2018: SAF

Originally written for Cinemaaxis.com A powerful, if not confused, depiction of the attitudes many Turkish citizens have toward Syrian refugees, Saf centres around a naive Kamil (Erol Afsin) who is in desperate need for a job. He does eventually find one, but it involves… Continue Reading “TIFF 2018: SAF”

Insect (Hymz) [2018]

This is the last film from Czech director Jan Svankmajer, and he exits the world of film in a typically weird way, much like his first feature film which was a very creepy rendition of Alice in Wonderland. Throughout his career he has made… Continue Reading “Insect (Hymz) [2018]”

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (Toivon tuolla puolen) [2017]

An interesting take on the refugee crisis that is sweeping Europe, this Finnish film manages to insert deadpan comedy within a complex drama about a man who has made it to Finland from Aleppo, Syria, fleeing the war with his sister. After country hopping… Continue Reading “THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE (Toivon tuolla puolen) [2017]”

THE SALESMAN (Forushande) [2016]

Originally written for: Directed and Written by Asghar Farhadi Starring: Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini, Babak Karimi Fresh off winning an Oscar for best foreign film (why these films can’t be considered for ‘Best Picture’ is a frustration best kept for another time), The Salesman… Continue Reading “THE SALESMAN (Forushande) [2016]”

PERFECT STRANGERS (Perfetti sconosciuti) [2016]

Directed by Paolo Genovese Written by Filippo Bologna (screenplay), Paolo Costella (screenplay) Starring: Giuseppe Battiston, Anna Foglietta, Marco Giallini As we move forward as a society, it is no secret that technology is slowly bridging the gap between private and public personal information. Just… Continue Reading “PERFECT STRANGERS (Perfetti sconosciuti) [2016]”

ELLE [2016]

Directed by: Paul Verhoeven Written by: Philippe Djian (based on the novel by), David Birke (screenplay) Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling An extremely unique spin on films involving rape, Paul Verhoeven has crafted a rather unforgettable experience, thanks to a… Continue Reading “ELLE [2016]”

YOUR NAME (Kimi no na wa) [2016]

Directed by Makoto Shinkai Written by Clark Cheng (English script), Makoto Shinkai (novel) Starring: Michael Sinterniklaas, Stephanie Sheh, Kyle Hebert (English) A breath-taking experience to witness on the big screen, it comes as no surprise that Japanese director Makoto Shinkai is receiving some comparisons… Continue Reading “YOUR NAME (Kimi no na wa) [2016]”

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