into:screens’ Top 20 films of 2020

2020 has been a serious ride filled with ups and downs. Cinema on its own had to deal with their own set of challenges as movie theatres all over the world were shut down and studios had to find a way to get their content to the public. Some succeeded, some seriously failed. But what …

Review – ‘BULA’

Not knowing what ‘BULA’ was about, I went in with the lowest of expectations. First feature films can be very hit-or-miss, yet Boris Baum knew exactly how to pull me in and keep me entertained. His directorial effort is nothing short of awe-inspiring, delivering a film that is so extradimensional, yet stays grounded in reality, …

Short Film Review – ‘Five Tiger’

A god-fearing woman finds herself in a transactional relationship as she tries to support her sick husband and daughter. ‘Five Tiger’ (refers to fifty rand – equal to 0.20 USD) takes place in present day South Africa, but transcends any sense of time or location. A woman bites through blood, sweet and tears, while working …

2020 DOC NYC Review – ‘Chasing Childhood’

While watching ‘Chasing Childhood’, I couldn’t help but reflect on my own childhood and upbringing. I’m not the kind of person who judges people’s parenting, but you can definitely notice a shift in behaviour with kids back in the 90s and 00s, and those growing up now. Oh wow, I’ve become one of those people. …

Review – ‘La Nuit des Rois’

The MACA prison is a world with its own codes and laws. The first law is that the Dangôro, the supreme master, rules the prisoners. When the Dangôro falls ill and can no longer govern, he must take his own life. A young man is sent to the MACA prison in the middle of the …

FIFF2020 Review – ‘Jumbo’

My love for neon lights doesn’t go as far as Jeanne’s love for Jumbo, a theme park ride she feels connected to on a romantic level, but as far as coming out stories go, this has to be one of the most unique ones. Jumbo tells the story of Jeanne (Noémie Merlant – ‘Portrait of …

FIFF2020 Review – ‘Un Triomphe’

In Emmanuel Courcol’s sophomore feature, the French director tells the story of an actor past his prime, who’s asked to give drama lessons to prisoners, but sees potential to go bigger and bolder and attempts to stage “Waiting for Godot.” Based on a true event, ‘The Big Hit’ (aka ‘Un Triomphe’) is set for a …

FIFF2020 Review – ‘La Déesse des mouches à feu’

Canadian director Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette’s 90s coming of age drama ‘Goddess of the Fireflies’ (aka ‘La Déesse des mouches à feu’), is set against the backdrop of a rural Québec town and grunge music’s rise. 16 year old Catherine and her friends are loitering between shacks and mall parking lots, partying and learning about life and …

FIFF2020 Review – ‘Une Vie Démente’

Belgian directors Ann Sirot and Raphaël Balboni’s first feature length film, ‘Madly In Life’ (aka ‘Une Vie Démente’) has a way of blending genres with their surroundings, sometimes letting actions and exteriors speak louder than words. Their tragicomedy makes a worst case scenario feel much lighter where these types of subjects usually get turned into …

FIFF2020 Review – ‘La Troisième Guerre’

In Giovanni Aloi’s feature directorial debut ‘The Third War’ aka ‘La Troisième Guerre’, which was most recently nominated for the Venice Horizons Award at Venice Film Festival, the fresh out of basic training, Leo lands his first assignment: a surveillance operation that sees him roaming the streets of Paris with nothing to do but remain …