German Cinema Melbourne - 17-25 November
Latino Film Festival - 16-29 Nov
The quantity of pre-festival viewing has reached overload proportions and I seem to have consequently missed a couple of other latest releases. There's only so many films a person can fit into a week! Hopefully I'll bring them to you in the coming weeks. Nevertheless, this week's release Lucky is a total winner, while two new festivals promise plenty of delights.Lucky
Director: John Carroll Lynch
Length: 88 min
|© Umbrella - philosophical, poignant, beautiful|
well as a meditation on mortality, loneliness, spirituality, and human connection." I couldn't have put it better myself. This is one of those standout pieces of film-making that will possibly make my top films of 2017! It is HDS's last film before he died, so very pertinent and, according to the screenwriter, written with Harry in mind. Lucky is a 90-something taciturn bloke, who chain-smokes, still exercises, and is viewed fondly by the folk of his Arizona town despite his lack of social graces. Lucky's nihilistic, existential approach to life changes a little as some low-key connections with others start to happen. It's hard to verbalise ideas about a film like this; it's best to let it sink in at some subliminal emotional level and speak to your own views on the deeper issues of life, death and nothingness! I adore the simplicity, sparseness, humour and poignancy of this film and Stanton's performance is a winner - a truly fitting finale!
4.5 - wholeheartedly recommended!
German Cinema Melbourne
Venue: Backlot Studios
After the demise of the former German Film Festival, and the dire threat of no more German films being showcased, a brave team got together to launch a new German film festival. Peter Krausz, artistic director, has chosen some mighty fine films for us to enjoy. I can highly recommend the two I've already previewed.
Director: Ken Duken
Length: 91 min
This taut thriller will get you in from go to woe. Frank, a returned soldier, is in an emotional mess after a stint in Afghanistan. Travelling to Berlin to meet his family, he picks up a hitchhiker, Andreas. The freeloader is not what he seems, and the whole thing turns into a nightmare. With alarming resonance for recent terror attacks in Europe (and Berlin), this is a top notch, edge of your seat film.
Director: Gordian Maugg
Length: 104 min
|© German CM: Heino Ferch is a great Lang|
All up 11 films will screen, along with events, music, panel discussions, and of course parties!
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Latino Film Festival
16-29 November Melbourne
Venue: Palace Como, Palace Westgarth
See website for other states.
Dir: Cecilia Atan & Valeria Pivato
|© Palace -a warm and unassuming film|
At the End of the Tunnel
Dir: Rodrigo Grande
|© Palace -tension plus|
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