Locarno 2017 – review – TOMORROW AND THEREAFTER (“Demain et tous les autres jours,” Noémie Lvovsky, 2017, France)

Mathilde (Luce Rodriguez) is a nine-year-old girl whose parents have recently separated. She lives with her mother (Noémie Lvovski), a fragile lady who has a tendency to lose touch with reality; though she is a loving mother, this disposition prevents her from taking care of her daughter properly. It is, in fact, Mathilde, who often…

Venezia 73 – review – THE UNTAMED (“La región salvaje,” Amat Escalante, 2016, Mexico / Denmark / France / Germany / Norway / Switzerland)

Heli (2013), director Amat Escalante’s previous feature, was a slice-of-life realist drama set in a narco-terrorist part of Mexico. The Untamed, his 2016 follow-up (and fourth feature), is something quite different: it is a slow-burn drama about romantic entanglement and sexual desires, most memorable for its psychological connotations and surrealist influences. Veronica (Simone Bucio), the…

Review – HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM! (“Houston, imamo problem!,” Žiga Virc, 2016, Slovenia / Croatia / Germany / Czech Republic / Qatar)

A film about a conspiracy to question the validity of all conspiracy theories. Houston, We Have a Problem! tells the untold story of the intricate, tense, and dangerous Cold War event where Yugoslavia sold its space program to the United States. Director Ziga Virc constructs his film like a straight-up investigative documentary. He makes extensive use…

Pordenone Silent 2016 – review – SÃO PAULO, A METROPOLITAN SYMPHONY (“São Paulo, Sinfonia da Metrópole,” Adalberto Kemeny and Rudolf Rex Lustig, 1929, Brazil)

In the 1920’s, São Paulo, the second largest city in Brazil, quickly became the country’s genuine face of national modernity. Its dynamism caught the attention of a number of filmmakers, including Adalberto Kemeny and Rodolfo Lustig, Hungarian filmmakers living in Brazil who created Rex Films and shot São Paulo, a Metropolitan Symphony, in 1929. This…