Justice. Revenge. Are they the same? Are they even related? In the Fade from Fatih Akin is the story of a search for justice, and what happens when that justice is denied.
As Summer 1993 opens, children are playing in the street. One of them looks at six-year-old Frida (Laia Artegas), and asks, “Why aren’t you crying?” Is that part of the game or does Frida have reason to cry?
While I’m not a fan of supernatural events in horror films, this film does an excellent job of building tension. This is a spooky story as it plays out.
1971 was a year of turmoil in many places. But most of that seemed far away from a village in Switzerland. Life just goes on there. But there is to be an election about giving women the right to vote. (Of course, only the men will be voting on this issue.) In The Divine Order an unassuming housewife must take on a leadership role in the women’s suffrage movement in her locale.
The first full day for the festival took me on a trip around the world. That’s one of the values of film festivals, we get to see other lands and cultures without the expense and time of travel. (Not that I wouldn’t love being able to go to so many places.)
The film cherishes the role of those (especially teachers) who show us something more in life than we are able to see. It is that new vision that serves as hope that we can become more than we have imagined.
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.
The messy art of politics is the basis of John Madden’s film Miss Sloane. Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) is a high powered DC lobbyist. When offered a chance to represent the gun lobby against a bill to require background checks, she leaves the firm she works for to go to a smaller firm to fight… [Read More]
The American Film Institute has a mission that includes “to preserve the heritage of the motion picture, to honor the artists and their work and to educate the next generation of storytellers”. A visible part of AFIFest is honoring the heritage and artists of the past. AFI has especially been interested in noting important women… [Read More]