Transilvania 2017 – review – DOLPHINS GO EAST (“Las toninas van al Este,” Gonzalo Delgado, Verónica Perrota, 2016, Uruguay / Argentina / Germany)

Gonzalo Delgado and Verónica Perrota co-direct, co-write and act in Dolphins Go East, a dysfunctional family comedy-drama from Uruguay presented in the main competition of the 16th Transilvania International Film Festival. Virginia (Perrota), the quasi-estranged daughter of an outrageously gay and pathetically fading show-biz personality, Miguel Angel Garcia Mazziotti (Jorge Denevi), shows up at his…

Venezia 73 – review – QUIT STARING AT MY PLATE (“Ne gledaj mi u pijat,” Hana Jušić, 2016, Croatia / Denmark)

An awkward dinner scene introduces the heavily repressed family unit of Quit Staring at My Plate, Hana Jušić’s feature screened at the Venice Days section of the 73rd Venice Film Festival. Father (Niksa Butijer) is an authoritarian and unappealing patriarch. He shouts, threatens, and bullies everyone, including his mentally disabled son for not being able…

Transilvania IFF 2017 – review – A YOUNG GIRL IN HER NINETIES (“Une jeune fille de 90 ans,” Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Yann Coridian, 2016, France)

A Young Girl in Her Nineties, presented at the 16th Transilvania International Film Festival, is the new documentary by Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and Yann Coridian. The film confronts its viewers with the vulnerabilities of aging and, more directly, with the vulnerabilities to which we expose ourselves when we fall in love. Blanche, the film’s protagonist,…