Tag: foreign film

AN ELEPHANT SITTING STILL (DA XIANG XI DI ER ZUO) [2019]

With a debut film that clocks in at 3 hours and 40 minutes, it is safe to say that Hu Bo was confident in his vision: a focused and calculated piece that creates an instantly noticeable visual statement. Bo doesn’t have much hope for…

BLINDSIDED BY EIGHT AND A HALF [1963]

When I first watched this film, I did not follow and was lost. It seemed like a disjointed mess that made no narrative sense, culminating in the ending, which I had to rewind three times to make sure I had seen it correctly. Like…

RAMS (Hrútar) [2015]

Directed by Grímur Hákonarson Written by Grímur Hákonarson Starring: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving This film played at a Scandinavian film festival last year and I was angry that I missed it, as I had read high praise from seemingly every critic. I…

SON OF SAUL [2015]

Directed by László Nemes Written by László Nemes, Clara Royer Starring: Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn Son of Saul was Hungary’s nominee for the best foreign language film Oscar, and it is easy to see why. Films about the holocaust are often labelled…

AFF: A PIGEON SAT ON A BRANCH REFLECTING ON EXISTENCE [2014]

Originally written for: This is perhaps the first movie where I read article upon article describing a director’s style for months before I was finally able to watch this latest effort at the Adelaide Film Festival. Having read so much about director Roy Andersson,…

13 Minutes (Elser – Er hätte die Welt verändert) [2015]

Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel, Written by Léonie-Claire Breinersdorfer (screenplay), Fred Breinersdorfer (screenplay) Starring: Christian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler, Burghart Klaußner, Johann von Bülow 13 Minutes is a great example of a film with a simplistic plot that actually has a lot of meat on its…

Marshland (La isla mínima) [2014]

Originally written for: Directed by Alberto Rodríguez Written by Rafael Cobos, Alberto Rodríguez Starring: Javier Gutiérrez, Raúl Arévalo, María Varod, Jesús Ortiz, Antonio de la Torre Marshland is what you would call a slow burn, as there isn’t a ton of action, nor is it…

STATIONS OF THE CROSS (Kreuzweg) [2014]

Directed by Dietrich Brüggemann Starring: Lucie Aron, Anna Brüggemann, Michael Kamp Religion is a touchy subject. In this movie we see religious fanaticism at its extreme, as a girl (Maria) is convinced that she is to be a servant to God. The movie’s story…

WINTER SLEEP [2014]

Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Written by Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan and Anton Chekhov (short stories) Starring: Haluk Bilginer, Melisa Sözen, Demet Akbag, Serhat Mustafa Kiliç, Nejat Isler At over three hours, I was very surprised at the speed which this passed by….

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