IFFR 2017 – review – STILL NIGHT, STILL LIGHT (“Mes nuits feront écho,” Sophie Goyette, 2017, Canada)

Discussions of cinema and dreams often revert to psychoanalysis and linguistics. Sophie Goyette’s charming feature debut Still Night, Still Light does not altogether avoid discussions on such terms. Nonetheless, dreams here represent pivotal elements for the advancement of narrative as well as excuses to shift narrative focus from character to character as it progresses. They…

IFFR 2017 review – SEXY DURGA (Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, 2017, India)

Even within the tradition of films that are ideologically sound because of their outright denial of the pleasures that are linked with conventional cinema, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Sexy Durga comes across as particularly brutal – both on a formal and intellectual level. Formally, it denies the advancement of a narrative through endless repetition, empty Formally,…

World premiere of “Double Play” at IFFR 2017

The 46th International Film Festival Rotterdam (January 25 – February 5, 2017) will present the world premiere of Double Play, the new film by Ernest Dickerson (Juice, The Wire) on January 27. Double Play is a film version of the novel of the same name by Curaçaoan author Frank Martinus Arion, regarded as one of…