And the good stuff just keeps on coming . . . from a tender Japanese blossom infused story, to an Oz/New Zealand doco exploring the impact of family secrets, a thriller sci-fi, and a splendid selection of features and docos about the Holocaust, there is no excuse for not venturing into the cinema.
Director: Naomi Kawasa
Length: 113 mins - exclusive to Cinema Nova
|© Curious Films|
4.5 - Wholeheartedly recommended!
For my full review:http://www.cinephilia.net.au/show_review.php?movieid=6011
Holocaust Film Series
Opening on April 30th and running for 12 days at the Elsternwick Classic and the Lido, Hawthorn, this is a showcase for 30 films from around the world, dedicated to racism, persecution, survival and emigration. I find it amazing that filmmakers are still coming up with new ways to look at this horrific period in human history, and yet the themes of tragedy, courage, despair and identity remain universal and are as relevant as ever to today's world.
So far I'm impressed with:
Remember: Revered filmmaker Atom Egoyan has created a thriller of a revenge story in this tale of Auschwitz survivor Zev (Christopher Plummer), who is now suffering from Alzheimer's in an old folk's home. His friend Max (Martin Landau) reminds him of a pact they made to track down a particular camp Kommandant and exact revenge. And so the quest begins, creating a nail-biting story, with a devastating unexpected final twist! Plummer, now 85, is still marvellous.
Last Folio: Son of Slovakian survivors, renowned photographer Yurl Dojc goes back to his birth country to interview other survivors, and to document what is left of a lost world. Stunning cinematography and heart-wrenching reminiscences complement the impressive body of photos which captures the past, the present, and puts a human face to the genocide.
Surviving Skokie: Eli Adler escapes Holocaust Europe to Chicago, but keeps his past a secret from his family. When a group of neo-Nazis start marching in his town, survivors are forced to confront the horrors of the past, and for Eli this is a chance to finally open up to his son (the film-maker).
Goodbye Theresienstadt: Although 7000 Danes were smuggled out of the country, nearly 500 were transported to the concentration camp, Theresienstadt. Six elderly folk who survived the horrors return to the hellhole where they spent so much of their childhood.
The Cabaret of Death: In ghettos and concentration camps, Jewish artists and musicians fought for survival using humour, music and theatre. This doco almost broke my heart, watching people rise above their brutal surroundings, to bring a smile to the faces of their fellow sufferers. The film employs powerful but distressing re-enactments, archival footage, and insightful commentary from current day philosophers and survivors.
Song of Songs: For some light relief comes a sweet tale from famous author Sholem Aleichem. Two ten-year-olds in a Ukrainian village at the turn of the 19th century seem made for each other, but life has other plans. As make-believe gives way to reality for the children, the audience are treated to a glimpse of a long-gone way of life.
I firmly believe everyone can find a must-see film from among this fine selection.
For a full rundown on the series, and to book your sessions:http://www.jiff.com.au/hfs/
Director: Margot Nash
Length: 73 mins - exclusive to Cinema Nova
This short and sweet gem of a doco examines the past of film director Nash. She recalls her life in New Zealand, a childhood with an extremely unhappy and distant mother, and a father who suffered from a probable bipolar disorder. The title refers to the way many families operated back in the 50s - never talk about things that are wrong; keep the secrets close. Having many elements of this in my own childhood, I found the film alarmingly unnerving, and in many ways sad and beautiful. The old photos, the pieced together fragments of the past, and the often poignant memories that go into making who we are today, is something many viewers will easily relate to.
3.5 - Recommended!
For a full review from Bernard Hemingway:http://www.cinephilia.net.au/show_review.php?movieid=6008
Director: Jeff Nichols
Length: 112 mins
|© Roadshow films|
3.5 - Recommended!
For a full review from Bernard Hemingway:http://www.cinephilia.net.au/show_review.php?movieid=6007