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, …

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. …

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 …