It is rare that a film can seem to be poetry, and that may be even more difficult when the film has no dialogue. Yet The Red Turtle manages to be just that.
The first thing to keep in mind about The Comedian is that it is not a comedy. To be sure there are spots of humor, but it is really a drama focusing on a man at odds with the world—and perhaps with himself as well.
Pablo Larraín’s latest Chilean focused film is Neruda about the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda and how the Cold War played out in Chile.
“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven.” (Matt. 5:43-45) We may well know and affirm those verses, but it is a very difficult teaching to actually live out.
In Mia Hansen-Løve’s film Things to Come, a middle aged woman faces sudden changes and must set about finding the course she wants for her life.
What an amazing political year this has been! One of the things that have led to the strangeness of this election cycle is a mistrust in the very institutions that make up the political landscape.
In Lion a child faces perhaps the most frightening of all prosepects—being separated from his family and far from home. That he manages to find a new family in a faraway land may seem like a rescue (and it is), but what of the family he lost?
The animated musical from directors Ron Clements and John Musker (the team that made The Little Mermaid) brings the ethos of Oceania to our attention as it takes us into the creation mythology and how that helps to define the people.
I want to thank the staff and volunteers of AFIFest for the wonderful event.
Yesterday I had a really interesting sandwich: a dark brooding film from one of my favorite Romanian directors placed between two animated films.