As part of ShortFusion at the Cambridge Film Festival, SHORTS… TO ENTERTAIN all certainly fulfil their purpose to entertain, writes Josh Ragan.
After an eight year hiatus, South Korean director Lee Chang-dong returns to cinema with BURNING: a slow yet methodical mystery thriller adapted from a short story by Haruki Murakami. Jong-soo (Yoo Ah-in), a country boy from the vastly rural area of Paju, is aspiring to be a writer. He openly admires American authors William Faulkner … Continue reading Burning (Beoning)
Canadian feature-film, ROOBHA highlights the difficulties faced not only of being transgender, but of being transgender within a conservative culture. Living in a Tamil community, ROOBHA (Amrit Sandhu) is a transgendered woman who is shunned and rejected by her family and who has to fight for her way of life. Things begin to improve for … Continue reading Roobha
BIRDS OF PASSAGE discusses the theme of tradition and its importance within a modern world that is constantly evolving and changing. Yemi Chabi reviews at Cambridge Film Festival.
Edinburgh Short Film Festival’s program for November 4th proves adept at nixing assumptions and blending a varied set of tones and genres. Jim Ross previews.
Anna Whealing previews the ‘In The Dark’ program of the 2018 Edinburgh Short Film Festival, where “there is much to sink your metaphorical teeth into”.
AVA is the fictionalised account of a teenage girl growing up in Iran. Our title character is a teenager we recognise – we see her gossiping with her friends, tolerating the strictures of school and finding solace in her talent for the violin. But one day a tiny act of rebellion thrusts her into a … Continue reading Ava
Based on the book, O DUGMETU I SREĆI by Jasminka Petrović, ZLOGONJE (THE WITCH HUNTERS) picked up the Young People’s Jury Award in Toronto for Best Feature Film (Ages 8-10) at its world premiere and deserves to do just as well here in the UK. Not only is THE WITCH HUNTERS a wonderful family film … Continue reading The Witch Hunters (Zlogonje)
Rarely can a packed Arts Picturehouse audience have been as totally engrossed in a movie as during the screening of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s SHOPLIFTERS (this year’s Palme D’Or winner at Cannes). Unfolding at its own deliberate pace over two hours, the story of the Fagin-like Osamu Shibata (Lily Franky) and his dysfunctional family scraping a living … Continue reading Shoplifters
SOUTH EAST STORIES: NEW FILMMAKING TALENT showcases ten films from the next generation of filmmakers across the region. Concerning many topics, including religion and mental health, the main themes shared by all the short films are those of growing up or finding a place in society. One film that stood out was 4C, which tells the … Continue reading South East Stories: New Filmmaking Talent