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 …

FIFF2020 Review – ‘Miss’

The 35th edition of Festival International du Film Francophone de Namur has begun, and of course we couldn’t miss it for the world. Presenting a wide range of French spoken features and short films, the festival celebrates cinéma as we know it. Our first film is the French/Belgian co-production ‘Miss’. When the graceful 9-year-old Alex …

LAAPFF Short Film Review – ‘QUẬN 13’ & ‘Yai Nin’

The 36th edition of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has lots of short programs to choose from. After exploring “Pacific Cinewaves” earlier, we now look at two short films shown in LAAPFF’s “Across the Dinner Table” program. ‘QUẬN 13’ Paris is home to one of the largest and oldest Vietnamese communities in the world; …

LAAPFF Short Film Review – ‘The Quiet’ & ‘The Other Side’

The 36th edition of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has some incredible short film programs, all grouped into themes. This time we choose to explore “WWYD (What Would You Do?) 2020”, where emerging filmmakers reflect on difficult decisions in life and dare to ask the question “What Would You Do?” ‘The Quiet’ Just when …

LAAPFF Short Film Review – ‘Hinekura’ & ‘Liliu’

The 36th edition of Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival has kicked off and we decided to dive into some short films. The short films are selected and grouped in themes. Our first duo is part of “Pacific Cinewaves” – cinematic love letters to the living culture of the Pacific. ‘Hinekura’ On the day she …

TIFF20 Review – ‘Trickster’ Episodes 1-2

Everybody knows TIFF is the place to be for groundbreaking new content. This year they gave Michelle Latimer the chance to present two projects she’s worked on. The first one, ‘Inconvenient Indian’ – a documentary that explores the cultural colonization of Indigenous peoples in North America – was previously reviewed by us (review can be …

TIFF20 Review – ‘Enemies Of The State’

For our final film at Toronto International Film Festival 2020, we decided to check out the world premiere of Sonia Kennebeck’s documentary, ‘Enemies of the State’. TIFF20 has had a couple of standout documentaries this year, such as Inconvenient Indian, which felt urgent and should be mandatory viewing. Kennebeck’s film however, watches like a film-version …