Dianna Agron and Paz de la Huerta in Bare, directed by Natalia Leite. FilmDoo review: profoundly absorbent to the spontaneous pleasures and free-spirited logic of the nocturnal mind, to the point that daytime activity is virtually background noise
Review of TIME LAPSE. Directed by Bradley King. Time Lapse, the multiple award-winning directorial feature-length debut of Bradley King, is a film that flat-out gets time travel. That is to say, the film understands the various facets and complexities of this familiar sci-fi concept – the questions the technology would raise, the endless ripple effects it would create and, above all, its capacity to inspire mind-bending and unpredictable story-telling.
Review of SOUL BOY. By Jake Bibby. Dir: Hawa Essuman. As the continent of Africa is home to the world’s second largest population and itself inhabits over 20% of the land’s earth surface, it would be fair to say that its cinematic output over the decades has paled in comparison to its size.
Review of NAIROBI HALF LIFE. Directed by David Tosh Gitonga. Co-produced by the internationally recognised Tom Tykwer, Nairobi Half Life has a place in Kenyan cinema history as the nation’s first film to be submitted for the Best Foreign Language Oscar category. Had it made the final shortlist of nominees, I imagine the exposure would’ve had a ruinous effect on Nairobi’s tourist industry because this film makes the capital city look positively hellish, especially for naïve outsiders.
Review of SLINGSHOT. Directed by Brillante Mendoza. Slingshot (original title Tirador, 2007) is one of those movies where the camera never stops. Directed by filmmaker Brillante Mendoza, winner of the Best Director Award at Cannes for his Kinatay (2009), Slingshot is set in the director’s motherland capital: Manila.
Review of KING OF ESCAPE. Directed by Alain Guiraudie. Alain Guiraudie has recently found his way onto international radars with the masterful drama Stranger by the Lake (also released by the now ubiquitous Peccadillo Pictures). One of last year’s best releases, the film tells its story of murder at a male cruising spot with quiet intensity and dark existential dread.
Review of AGE OF PANIC. Directed by Justine Triet. Age of Panic (La Bataille de Solferino) created quite the stir when it debuted in Cannes in 2013. 90 minutes of the crying, screaming and arguing of both infants and adults certainly made it stand out from its competition.
Review of LOVE STEAKS. Directed by Jakob Lass. Clemens (Franz Rogowski) is the new trainee at a luxury wellness center. Earnest, shy and introverted, he is more interested in practicing the removal of bad energies than chasing after girls (think more Joaquin Phoenix and less Ryan Gosling). He encounters Lara (Lana Cooper), a chef who works downstairs who acts as his assertive, boisterous opposite.