Set in rural, modern-day Mexico, Heli is two parts beautiful, one part mundane and eight parts horrific. The film was in the running for the Palme d’Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, where it shocked viewers and critics alike. New York Times critic Manohla Dargis even scoffed at the Steven Spielberg-led jury for giving director Amat Escalante the Best Director prize for what she referred to as his “staged atrocities.”
Władysław Pasikowski’s Aftermath, a work of fiction, was met with outrage by some of the Polish media upon release. It was even labeled by some as anti-Polish for suggesting that some citizens may have been more than complicit with the Nazis during the occupation. Set in the past decade, the film tells the tale of two brothers, one who left 20 years earlier to work as an asbestos remover in Chicago, while the other stayed in Poland to run the family’s farm.
Making a movie is tough. Making a movie in India is tougher. Making a movie in India while living in the shadow of your legendary father David Lynch is – as Larry David may put it – pretty, pretty, pretty, pretty tough. But director Jennifer Lynch was up for the task, and allowed an Australian documentary crew intimate access to her life (at that of her pre-teen daughter Sydney) while undertaking the production of the Bollywood horror flick Hisss in 2008.
Director Martin Scorsese turned 71 in November. But if anyone thinks his mojo is at risk due to advanced aged, his latest collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio will shut them up. In The Wolf of Wall Street, DiCaprio plays real-life stock swindler-turned inmate-turned motivational speaker Jordan Belfort, whose talent for scamming investors led to the creation of the $1 billion brokerage firm Stratton Oakmont in the late 80s.
Despite the snow and the cold, the Twin Cities are a place many Africans call home, and those over at the Film Society of Minneapolis/St. Paul decided to celebrate that fact with a festival called Images of Africa.
Are you ready to rock, Twin Cities? Hüsker Dü and The National are waiting in the wings to bookend the 2013 Sound Unseen Film/Music/Art festival, which opens today and runs through Sunday, Nov. 17.
Who’s game for a French film reminiscent of 1983’s “The Big Chill”? Does anyone under 50 even remember “The Big Chill”? Oh well.
Do you hate American media and pop culture? I mean really hate it? Well so does comedian/director Bobcat Goldthwait.
I think I speak for fellow fans of rap legends A Tribe Called Quest when I say that news of the much-deserved documentary on the seminal group was both exciting, and cringe-creating.
Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” is one of the most unusual film epics ever created, both in scope and intention.
What distinguishes a mere cult movie from a midnight movie?
The second to last night of MSPIFF bites … in a post-apocalyptic vampire kinda way.
“Journey of a Dream” is a fantastic exploration of the Tibetan diaspora and the movement to free Tibet from Chinese occupation. “A Useful Life” is droning, relentless, somewhat boring.
International Narrative Shorts serves up four films between ten and thirty minutes in length, with genres ranging from family drama to supernatural horror.
Part of me wants to sum up “Small Town Murder Songs” as “Fargo” without the funny or the quirky, but that would be harsh.