Most of our memories are only as strong as our senses. We don’t retain a perfect, objective recollection of what was. We only remember what we feel, see, touch, hear or smell. Director J.-P. Valkeapää uses this human fallibility to brilliant effect for the opening of Dogs Don’t Wear Pants.
Son-Mother is reminiscent of the humanist dramas of Jafar Panahi (who, just like Mohammadi herself, was also barred from travelling abroad and sentenced to prison for his views) and his radical critique of orthodox Iranian values and traditions, anchored by a nearly-wordless central performance from the young Mahan Nasiri, vividly reflecting the pain of having one’s fundamental rights violated and then being coerced into accepting their fate without protest.
Thomas Heise’s sprawling epic, Heimat is a Space in Time, charts the progress and gradual disintegration of a family spanning over three generations, which is juxtaposed against nearly 100-years of bloody German history. Through a series of meticulously narrated letters and diary entries ― set against gorgeous black-and-white imagery of Continue Reading
Grímur Hákonarson’s sensitive drama The County is the tale of one woman’s determined fight against capitalist corruption threatening the social and economic freedom of their locality. Gorgeously shot by Mart Taniel (The Temptation of St. Tony, November), the film is bookended by wide Ceylanesque frames of the vast Icelandic mountains Continue Reading
When was the last time that you thought about how the branded clothes that you buy and wear get made? About the people who make them and the conditions under which they do so? Probably never, right? Director Rubaiyat Hossain wants to change that with her film, Made in Bangladesh, Continue Reading
“Freely adapted” from Sophocles’ Greek tragedy of the same name, Antigone is a vibrant and heartbreaking account of a teenager’s self-sacrificial journey through the Canadian criminal justice system to save her family from falling apart. Banking on an extraordinary lead performance from Nahéma Ricci (and her piercing green eyes) and Continue Reading
Winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize at Cannes, Oliver Laxe’s Fire Will Come ―set in rural Galicia ― is a quiet rumination on mankind’s place within the vast, untamed lap of nature. Through a minimalistic plot and restrained performances, it examines the symbiotic relationship between the human and Continue Reading
O ye, of little faith. It isn’t hard to believe in God and His miraculous hand when the sun shines bright. But the real test of faith only takes place while contending with darkness, when sorrow takes over every limb and sinew and makes one question His presence. Bergman built Continue Reading
Made by the collaborative duo of experimental slow cinema auteur Ben Rivers and noted Thai indie director Anocha Suwichakornpong, the mellow and meditative Krabi, 2562 provides a geographical and spiritual snapshot of its eponymous coastal town. Krabi has become a major tourist attraction in recent years, partly due to its Continue Reading
The year is 2034 and the Philippines is completely shrouded by darkness. This isn’t any new unfamiliar malady for the country ― metaphorically speaking ― having been subject to nearly 400 years of colonial exploitation, only to be followed by tyrannical regimes of dictators like Ferdinand Marcos ravaging the people Continue Reading