Welcome to the ICM Forum.
Check out our Magazine

If you notice any issues please post in the Q&A thread. Email issue should be fixed. If you encounter this issue, contact PeacefulAnarchy
Podcast: Talking Images (Episode 50 released May 1st: Being There feat. Autism Through Cinema)
iCinema Magazine: WE ARE LIVE! (We just need more content)
ICMForum Film Festival 2022: Mon Nov 14 - Dec 12
Polls: Contemporary Black&White (Results), Favorite Movies (Results), Directors (Closed), 1953 (May 27th), Germany (May 30th), 1990s (May 31st)
Challenges: Western, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Religion, Cults, Sorcery
About: Welcome All New Members, Terms of Use, Q&A

ICMF-FF6: Programmer's Thread

User avatar
beavis
Posts: 3636
Joined: June 20th, 2011, 6:00 am
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact:

#41

Post by beavis »

cinewest wrote: January 8th, 2022, 8:23 am I haven't seen any of the ones I listed yet
I don't want to come across as inconsiderate, just chalk it up to Dutch bluntness, but if you don't want to be a programmer and haven't actually seen the movies you are proposing, I do not see what you are contributing to this thread...?
User avatar
cinewest
Posts: 2678
Joined: February 15th, 2017, 7:00 am
Contact:

#42

Post by cinewest »

beavis wrote: January 8th, 2022, 8:50 am
cinewest wrote: January 8th, 2022, 8:23 am I haven't seen any of the ones I listed yet
I don't want to come across as inconsiderate, just chalk it up to Dutch bluntness, but if you don't want to be a programmer and haven't actually seen the movies you are proposing, I do not see what you are contributing to this thread...?
As I said earlier, I would love to be a programmer, but don't think I will have the time to fulfill my duties. Because of my interest in the festival, though, I listed some titles I thought folks participating might be interested in checking out. Didn't realize the thread was meant for "programmers only."

I check out the i Cinema Writer's Lounge occasionally, as well, though I have not yet been a working collaborator. Should I refrain from posting there, as well, unless I am a contributor to the magazine? I have written for magazines and newspapers in the past, and was genuinely interested in readership ideas at the time. I have also suggested film titles to Criterion, and think that their catalog and sales has improved as a result of adopting some of my suggestions (I've bought most of them myself).
User avatar
beavis
Posts: 3636
Joined: June 20th, 2011, 6:00 am
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact:

#43

Post by beavis »

Ah, so it is great hidden knowledge you bring of movies nobody has heard about! Strange that I've seen well over 10 titles from the list you mention then... :)
I by no means want to stop you or anyone from posting, I was sincerily wondering what your goal was with mentioning recent arthouse titles you hadn't seen yet, you make them seem like slight recommendations in this way while there are some very good films among them.
User avatar
cinewest
Posts: 2678
Joined: February 15th, 2017, 7:00 am
Contact:

#44

Post by cinewest »

beavis wrote: January 8th, 2022, 4:55 pm Ah, so it is great hidden knowledge you bring of movies nobody has heard about! Strange that I've seen well over 10 titles from the list you mention then... :)
I by no means want to stop you or anyone from posting, I was sincerily wondering what your goal was with mentioning recent arthouse titles you hadn't seen yet, you make them seem like slight recommendations in this way while there are some very good films among them.
You misinterpret the intentions of my post. In no way am I suggesting "great hidden knowledge," or trying to compete with you. I recommended 2 titles I have seen recently, and simply offered to share what's on my "to investigate / see" list because I thought there might be interest among the programmers, and I hadn't seen those films mentioned.

If it is any consolation, I would actually stand by a few of your recommendations in the thread, and in general sense that your attitude towards me is somewhat opposite of what mine is towards you.
User avatar
St. Gloede
Moderator
Posts: 13728
Joined: May 6th, 2011, 6:00 am
Contact:

#45

Post by St. Gloede »

I think Cinewest just wanted to be helpful by highlighting films on his radar that he thought might fit the festival and that some of the programmers may also add to their watchlists. I don't think the suggestion was that they were unknown (the latest Audiard film is there for instance) but rather that the titles may be of some interest/value to us.

I think this is largely the list you shared previously, Cinewest, but I recall watchlisting several then, so appreciated on my part.

And to keep playing the translator (may be my mod role :D ) I think Beavis' reply comes from the surprise of highlighting films you had not seen. This thread is mainly for programmers to plan and organize the festival. We watch hundreds of films in the process of setting up the festival, which then gets limited to the official list of nominations - still in the hundreds - which we then need to get multiple watches for. We do share our watchlists as we coordinate, but additional watchlists could be seen as possibly spreading us thinner.

(In terms of iCinema, everyone are welcome to contribute in any way, be it feedback, ideas, shares on social media, etc. or writing/editing content)
User avatar
cinewest
Posts: 2678
Joined: February 15th, 2017, 7:00 am
Contact:

#46

Post by cinewest »

St. Gloede wrote: January 8th, 2022, 6:03 pm I think Cinewest just wanted to be helpful by highlighting films on his radar that he thought might fit the festival and that some of the programmers may also add to their watchlists. I don't think the suggestion was that they were unknown (the latest Audiard film is there for instance) but rather that the titles may be of some interest/value to us.

I think this is largely the list you shared previously, Cinewest, but I recall watchlisting several then, so appreciated on my part.

And to keep playing the translator (may be my mod role :D ) I think Beavis' reply comes from the surprise of highlighting films you had not seen. This thread is mainly for programmers to plan and organize the festival. We watch hundreds of films in the process of setting up the festival, which then gets limited to the official list of nominations - still in the hundreds - which we then need to get multiple watches for. We do share our watchlists as we coordinate, but additional watchlists could be seen as possibly spreading us thinner.

(In terms of iCinema, everyone are welcome to contribute in any way, be it feedback, ideas, shares on social media, etc. or writing/editing content)
If I had time to see even half of the films on my "radar" list, I would definitely join in as a programmer. I also have various ideas about articles for the magazine, but very little time to work on them at the moment, and I'd rather not dig up old writing unless it becomes topical somehow, or something I can rework
User avatar
zzzorf
Posts: 2337
Joined: April 14th, 2018, 6:00 am
Location: Kempsey, NSW, Australia
Contact:

#47

Post by zzzorf »

Nomination #2

Petite fille [Little Girl] (2020)

Image

Preferred Slate: Documentary

Alternate Slate: LGBT, European

Director: Sébastien Lifshitz

Links: :ICM: :imdb: :letbxd: :Crtiticker:






IMDb Plot Summary: The touching portrait of eight-year-old Sasha, who questions her gender and in doing so, evokes the sometimes disturbing reactions of a society that is still invested in a biological boy-girl way of thinking.


Wikipedia Information: Little Girl (French: Petite fille) is a 2020 French documentary film written and directed by Sébastien Lifshitz. The film premiered in the Panorama Dokumente section at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival. It had its Spanish premiere in the New Waves Non fiction section of the 2020 Festival Cine Sevilla in Seville, Spain.


My Two Cents: This was a very touching story of a little girl born into the wrong body. We see her find herself become more confident in herself as she starts to let the rest of the world know who she really is. We also see her have her first visits with a specialist to help start facilitating her medical changes to become who she really is and her mothers endeavours to get her school to accept her as a girl.


Image

Image

Image
User avatar
beavis
Posts: 3636
Joined: June 20th, 2011, 6:00 am
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact:

#48

Post by beavis »

January watches update 1:

8. Internet Blutsauger (2021) 7.5
9. Internet Orphea (2020) 6.5
15. Internet The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin) (2020) 6.0
16. Internet L'Île aux oiseaux (2019) 7.0
18. Internet Gûzen to sôzô (2021) 8.0
22. Internet Ci sha xiao shuo jia (2021) 8.0 A Writer’s Odyssey, Onderhond
23. Internet Esquirlas (2020) 7.5
24. Internet Diários de Otsoga (2021) 7.5

A Writer’s Odyssey
Loved this movie, like I knew I would. I agree that the movie feels fresh (although all the elements are very familiar for fans of the fantasy genre, there is not as much originality here as some would claim) and the world building is very nice. I fear for our audience this will be just another blockbuster, something not liked that much... but having to stay true to my own taste, I will give it full support.

As for my other viewings. If I continue these updates regularly, I will just list everything that falls in the period 2019 - 2021, some of them will be to popular to be considered for our festival, but I don't want to look up every Imdb page before posting :)
User avatar
Onderhond
Posts: 8639
Joined: December 23rd, 2012, 7:00 am
Contact:

#49

Post by Onderhond »

beavis wrote: January 11th, 2022, 8:08 am I fear for our audience this will be just another blockbuster, something not liked that much
I don't disagree. Then again, looking at some of our polls, there's certainly an audience for mainstream cinema here (just look at the current comedy poll), though maybe they're not the ones checking out ICMFFF?
User avatar
Onderhond
Posts: 8639
Joined: December 23rd, 2012, 7:00 am
Contact:

#50

Post by Onderhond »

I just watched Sanctorum, here's my 2 cents:

A peculiar drama, sprinkled with minor but pointed fantasy elements. The mix doesn't feel entirely natural, the abrupt switches between brooding, foreshadowing dread and slow-paced drama can be a bit jarring, but there are moments of true genius here, certainly enough to give this film a fair shot. I loved the more abstract moments, those that rely on eerie ambient/illbient soundscapes to create a dark and menacing atmosphere. The dramatic scenes sport less audiovisual polish, and the balance between the two didn't always feel right. The film does end strong, so I'm definitely willing to give Joshua Gil another shot with his next film.

I gave the film a 3/5* rating, but I'm going to give the film a 2 (recommend) in the sheet because it is quite unique and I do think others here may have less issues with the drama part. It's definitely a strong 3* film for me and one that is certainly worth watching regardless of how much I liked it myself. Finding films like this is actually one of the reasons why I decided to sign on for this year, so kudos filmbantha!
User avatar
zzzorf
Posts: 2337
Joined: April 14th, 2018, 6:00 am
Location: Kempsey, NSW, Australia
Contact:

#51

Post by zzzorf »

I watched one of last year's nominations, Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus, earlier today. I don't really think I followed the story but I have to say I enjoyed the animation and will add a 1 from me if it is decided to move up from the bottom section of the spreadsheet by anyone.
User avatar
Onderhond
Posts: 8639
Joined: December 23rd, 2012, 7:00 am
Contact:

#52

Post by Onderhond »

Just watched Marygoround:

A Polish film about menopause, it sounds like the ideal setup for a grim and sullen arthouse drama, but director Woszek goes for a more fun and joyous vibe. The impeccable and overt styling reminded me a little of Jeunet/Caro's early collaborations, though Woszek does keep a clearer balance between genre and arthouse aesthetics. From the very first frame, we see accentuated colors and pristine sets, immediately signalling a less realistic approach to the drama. The performances are solid, cinematography and soundtrack work well together and though the theme is not something too close to my heart, the film does an excellent job conveying its message. Woszek does lose it a bit in the final third, other than that this was a pretty cool discovery.

Definitely the kind of film I hoped to discover when I joined. I gave it a strong 3.5* rating and will give it full support (3), though I don't think it's a perfect fit for the Dawn slate. Then again, it's one of those films that could fall through the cracks because it doesn't fit any slate to a T.

But a great recommend, cheers St Gloede! :cheers:
User avatar
Onderhond
Posts: 8639
Joined: December 23rd, 2012, 7:00 am
Contact:

#53

Post by Onderhond »

I think it's time for my third recommendation, especially now that I learned it's on the Arrow Player.

Image

03. Hotel Poseidon by Stefan Lernous [Dawn]
Source: Arrow
IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14475870/ (82 votes)

My favorite film of last year and the only 5* rating I dished out. It's from a first-time director who worked in theater for almost two decades, which probably explains why all the action is set in a single hotel (no outside scenes). If you hear Lernous talk about film, it's clear that he's a big (genre) fan and he must've been delighted that his film debuted at BIFFF, our local (and well-respected) film fest for fantastic films. It's also perfect for that kind of festival, so the Dawn slate should be the most fitting.

It's a film that probably falls in the category of something like Eraserhead. It's pretty absurd, alien and disorienting, but that's what Lernous' theater shows were too apparently. The styling itself feels more like early Caro/Jeunet. Darkly comical, oddly exaggerated and somewhat retro. The plot is hard to describe, but it's about a man left behind in a worn out hotel. Strange people come and go, meanwhile the grand reopening is clearly more than he can handle.

Films like these are always going to be divisive, which no doubt explains the IMDb score. There's no clear or obvious theme or goal, no simple A->B narrative, instead it's a film about experiences and impressions. The cinematography is superb, the comedy is great (though not quite sure how well it will translate, the language/typecasting is quite "local") and the surreal bits are extraordinary.

(already added it to the spreadsheet, if I missed something or did something wrong, just tell me)
User avatar
filmbantha
Posts: 724
Joined: July 10th, 2013, 6:00 am
Contact:

#54

Post by filmbantha »

I've added some more films to the nominations spreadsheet. Two from the previous year and a brand new one.

3. Fried Barry (2020) - JBD/Africa

This didn't sit well with all of the programmers last year but I still feel like its a film that is perfect festival material, particularly for the JBD strand and it deserves another shot. Here is my review:

After spending years grafting away on short films, Ryan Kruger has gifted the world his first feature length film in the guise of Fried Barry - a psychedelic head trip that inhabits a strange imaginary cinematic space between Bad Boy Bubby and Enter the Void. Barry is a heroin junkie searching for his next fix in Cape Town when he is abducted by aliens who take control of his body and send him on a drug-fuelled nightmare through the darkest parts of the city.

This is a wildly ambitious directorial debut which takes you on a deliriously disturbing and devilishly entertaining ride. Gary Green gives his all with a dedicated performance as Barry, the unfortunate man whose life is thrown into turmoil as he encounters all manner of absurd Lynchian situations in a film that brazenly borrows from many of cinemas greatest auteurs. There is an unbridled kinetic energy at play here which is reminiscent of Danny Boyle's Trainspotting - it is almost exhausting at times but this is perfectly suited to the insanity of the bizarre and unmissable journey we are taken on.


4. A Ghost Waits (2020) - Indie/JBD

This is a sublime US indie about a repairman striking up a friendship with a ghost who resides in the house he is working on. It's an endearing low budget effort which puts an amusing spin on its horror backdrop to provide a surprisingly touching and poignant tale. A Ghost Waits was supported by every programmer who watched it last year but sadly didn't make the cut.

5. Sweat (2020) - Euro

A gripping Polish drama exploring a few days in the life of a fitness instructor and social media influencer who discovers the dangers of sharing too much information with her followers. This was a complete surprise to me; its synopsis wasn't overly appealing but I took a punt on it and was soon taken with its stark portrayal of life in the public eye. The lead actress, Magdalena Kolesnik, delivers a mesmerising performance, and I have just realised she also appears in Marygoround - maybe this is her year!

I have lots of other potential Euro nominations but it seems like it will be a crowded strand once again. I also have many potential Just Before Dawn nominations that hinge upon release dates. I'll watch this space and see how things develop over the coming months and gradually drip feed my nominations every now and again. I'm almost certainly going to renominate Adieu Les Cons and Dogs Don't Wear Pants, however, they already have good support and I'm keeping tabs on their IMDB votes as there is no point nominating them at this stage if they could potentially exceed the votes cap in a few months time.

@Zzzorf - Thanks for adding the Female Director column to the spreadsheet, its great to have visibility of that at a glance.

@Onderhond - Thanks for checking out Sanctorum and giving it your support, I totally understand your perspective although the drama felt equally as compelling as the fantastical elements for me which is why I was so taken with it. Hopefully more programmers will give it a shot in the coming months. Also, if you have the chance, could you fill out the scores you would give to the nominations from last year that are further down the spreadsheet? This might help with decisions on whether films we nominated last year should be given another shot depending on the addition of extra votes.

I caught Hotel Poseidon at Grimmfest last year and here is my brief write up:

A grimy and perverse mood piece that feels like Delicatessen has been spliced in a blender with the comedy series The League of Gentlemen. If you relish the strange and surreal then this is likely to hit many of the right notes and the up-close and personal handheld camerawork is pretty inspired. It's oddly compelling yet not entirely satisfying and may improve on a rewatch though I can't see myself returning to it anytime soon.

I've scored it a 2 as its a unique experience that is certainly worthy of being highlighted even if it didn't quite hit the sweet spot for me.

It's great to see some more support for Marygoround - I agree with Onderhond that it doesn't feel quite right for the dawn section but that will be a conversation for much further down the line anyway.
User avatar
zzzorf
Posts: 2337
Joined: April 14th, 2018, 6:00 am
Location: Kempsey, NSW, Australia
Contact:

#55

Post by zzzorf »

I know it's a wee bit to early at looking at the potential list to send to the jurors but I'm going to do a running list of qualifiers using last years 3x3 rule that worked so well, giving us a strong main slate and the rest all made the minor slates. So I thought why fix something that isn't broken (of course who knows what this year will bring and maybe last years criteria may not work again.) Therefore as new movies qualify I will update the list as the potential juror list to save us scrambling at the end but to also indicate just how well we are progressing. In saying all this we already have our first qualifier:

Potential Juror/Main Slate List:
1. Marygoround (Maryjki) [2020]
User avatar
Onderhond
Posts: 8639
Joined: December 23rd, 2012, 7:00 am
Contact:

#56

Post by Onderhond »

filmbantha wrote: January 13th, 2022, 5:49 pm Also, if you have the chance, could you fill out the scores you would give to the nominations from last year that are further down the spreadsheet? This might help with decisions on whether films we nominated last year should be given another shot depending on the addition of extra votes.
Added my ratings/support :)
User avatar
zzzorf
Posts: 2337
Joined: April 14th, 2018, 6:00 am
Location: Kempsey, NSW, Australia
Contact:

#57

Post by zzzorf »

Last night I watched The Metamorphisis of Birds. An interesting way at looking back at the directors family, not really my style but I enjoyed it mostly. A 2 has been added to the spreadsheet.
User avatar
zzzorf
Posts: 2337
Joined: April 14th, 2018, 6:00 am
Location: Kempsey, NSW, Australia
Contact:

#58

Post by zzzorf »

Nomination #3

Vai (2019)

Image

Preferred Slate: Indie (It does have some English Speaking segments)

Alternate Slate: Asian (I didn't add this to that slate because the Pacific Islands aren't Asian but was unsure if in this case we would extend it)

Director: Becs Arahanga, Amberley Jo Aumua, Matasila Freshwater, Dianna Fuemana, Miria George, Ofa Guttenbeil, Marina McCartney, Nicole Whippy, Sharon Whippy

Links: :ICM: :imdb: :letbxd: :Crtiticker:






IMDb Plot Summary: A portmanteau feature film by 9 female Pacific filmmakers and filmed on seven Pacific islands. It is about the journey of empowerment through culture over the lifetime of one woman, Vai.

Wikipedia Information: Vai is portmanteau feature film made by nine female Pacific filmmakers, filmed in seven different Pacific countries: Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue and Aotearoa (New Zealand).

My Two Cents: 8 different female Pacific Islander directors each directed a 10-minute continuous shot on their Island. The linking story is about Vai as she groups up from a young girl to an old lady, but it is also about all Pacific Island women. The cinematography is beautiful and the way each director handles Vai, yet makes her specific to their culture is well done. Of course as you would expect in this sort of thing, some segments are better than others, as a whole this was a lovely viewing experience.


Image

Image

Image
User avatar
Fergenaprido
Donator
Posts: 7073
Joined: June 3rd, 2014, 6:00 am
Location: Canada
Contact:

#59

Post by Fergenaprido »

zzzorf wrote: January 17th, 2022, 2:47 am Alternate Slate: Asian (I didn't add this to that slate because the Pacific Islands aren't Asian but was unsure if in this case we would extend it)
We could make it an Asia-Pacific slate if necessary, I think. Mind you, it's a New Zealand film, and we've had non-English films from majority-English countries in the English Indie slate before (two French Canadian films two years ago, and maybe others), so that would also work. You can mark it off in both columns in the spreadsheet for now, and we can decide later on when we're finalizing the slates, if it gets enough support.

Looks interesting. :)
🧚‍♂️🦫
User avatar
zzzorf
Posts: 2337
Joined: April 14th, 2018, 6:00 am
Location: Kempsey, NSW, Australia
Contact:

#60

Post by zzzorf »

Fergenaprido wrote: January 17th, 2022, 4:08 am
zzzorf wrote: January 17th, 2022, 2:47 am Alternate Slate: Asian (I didn't add this to that slate because the Pacific Islands aren't Asian but was unsure if in this case we would extend it)
We could make it an Asia-Pacific slate if necessary, I think. Mind you, it's a New Zealand film, and we've had non-English films from majority-English countries in the English Indie slate before (two French Canadian films two years ago, and maybe others), so that would also work. You can mark it off in both columns in the spreadsheet for now, and we can decide later on when we're finalizing the slates, if it gets enough support.

Looks interesting. :)
Well I'm of course hoping it makes the main slate and makes the need for other slates unnecessary. If not though I would like to see it at least have a chance elsewhere. It's just a movie that doesn't fit the slate makeup properly.
User avatar
beavis
Posts: 3636
Joined: June 20th, 2011, 6:00 am
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact:

#61

Post by beavis »

- Hotel Poseidon sounds cool, can't find it at the moment, so it is not yet as widely available I think...? but Arrow might release it on disk soon?
- Sweat and Petite Fille are two movies I skipped in cinema, because you can't see everything (even though I try) and these sounded like not for me... probably won't go for them soon, but I've judged movies wrongly on their cover before, so I won't write them off completely..
- Vai this one has gotten my attention for a while now, very curious about these visions on island life, so this bumps it up a great leap on my watchlist
User avatar
Onderhond
Posts: 8639
Joined: December 23rd, 2012, 7:00 am
Contact:

#62

Post by Onderhond »

beavis wrote: January 17th, 2022, 1:42 pm - Hotel Poseidon sounds cool, can't find it at the moment, so it is not yet as widely available I think...? but Arrow might release it on disk soon?
https://www.horrorsociety.com/2022/01/1 ... 22-lineup/
I based my entry on this. Don't have access myself though.
User avatar
beavis
Posts: 3636
Joined: June 20th, 2011, 6:00 am
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact:

#63

Post by beavis »

beavis wrote: January 11th, 2022, 8:08 am January watches update 1:

8. Internet Blutsauger (2021) 7.5
9. Internet Orphea (2020) 6.5
15. Internet The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin) (2020) 6.0
16. Internet L'Île aux oiseaux (2019) 7.0
18. Internet Gûzen to sôzô (2021) 8.0
22. Internet Ci sha xiao shuo jia (2021) 8.0 A Writer’s Odyssey, Onderhond
23. Internet Esquirlas (2020) 7.5
24. Internet Diários de Otsoga (2021) 7.5
25. Internet V síti (2020) 7.5 zzzorf
26. Internet Oroslan (2019) 7.5
34. Internet Otac (2020) 7.0
36. Internet Zgodbe iz kostanjevih gozdov (2019) 7.5
43. Internet Verdens verste menneske (2021) 8.0
46. Internet The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019) 7.0 Gloede
47. Internet Her Socialist Smile (2020) 5.0

Another two nominations watched!
Full support for Caught in the Net. Powerfull stuff, pulls off being as expected and mindboggeling at the same time. Much can be said about it, but it should be seen most of all
The Body Remembers brings to the fore some issues that need to be talked about more too, maybe... not that it isn't done well, but it is so understated in some ways and obvious in others that I fail to see urgency behind it. I still support it with a 1 for the unique voice behind it.

In other news: Eyimofe enters the Criterion Collection...
User avatar
zzzorf
Posts: 2337
Joined: April 14th, 2018, 6:00 am
Location: Kempsey, NSW, Australia
Contact:

#64

Post by zzzorf »

Nomination #4

Deux [Two of Us] (2019)

Image

Preferred Slate: LGBT

Alternate Slate: Europe

Director: Filippo Meneghetti

Links: :ICM: :imdb: :letbxd: :Crtiticker:






IMDb Plot Summary: Nina and Madeleine, two retired women, are secretly deeply in love for decades. From everybody's point of view, including Madeleine's family, they are simply neighbors living on the top floor of their building. They come and go between their two apartments, sharing the tender delights of everyday life together. Until the day their relationship is turned upside down by an unexpected event leading Madeleine's daughter to slowly unveil the truth about them.

Wikipedia Information: Two of Us (French: Deux) is a 2019 French drama film directed by Filippo Meneghetti. It was selected as the French entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards, making the shortlist of fifteen films.

My Two Cents: Similar to last years nomination The Heiresses we have a movie about an elderly Lesbian couple. This time however they are a closeted couple that live in opposite units in their building. When one of them suffers a stroke leaving her a shell of her former self. How does your relationship progress with this turn of events, well you will just have to watch and see.


Image

Image

Image
User avatar
beavis
Posts: 3636
Joined: June 20th, 2011, 6:00 am
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact:

#66

Post by beavis »

January watches update 3:
beavis wrote: January 19th, 2022, 3:31 pm 8. Internet Blutsauger (2021) 7.5
9. Internet Orphea (2020) 6.5
15. Internet The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin) (2020) 6.0
16. Internet L'Île aux oiseaux (2019) 7.0
18. Internet Gûzen to sôzô (2021) 8.0
22. Internet Ci sha xiao shuo jia (2021) 8.0 A Writer’s Odyssey, Onderhond
23. Internet Esquirlas (2020) 7.5
24. Internet Diários de Otsoga (2021) 7.5
25. Internet V síti (2020) 7.5 zzzorf
26. Internet Oroslan (2019) 7.5
34. Internet Otac (2020) 7.0
36. Internet Zgodbe iz kostanjevih gozdov (2019) 7.5
43. Internet Verdens verste menneske (2021) 8.0
46. Internet The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019) 7.0 Gloede
47. Internet Her Socialist Smile (2020) 5.0
52. Internet El año del descubrimiento (2020) 8.5
53. Internet Straight Up (2019) 7.5 bantha
58. Internet El planeta (2021) 7.5
59. Internet Ha'berech (2021) 7.5
66. Internet Ras vkhedavt, rodesac cas vukurebt? (2021) 8.0
67. Internet Mishehu Yohav Mishehu (2021) 7.5

I really liked bantha's nomination, a quirky indie with almost screwball-esque fast paced dialogue. the characters are way larger than life, but they are cute and a lot of it still comes across as heartfelt.

With El año del descubrimiento I also found a movie I am sure to be nominating, so ya'll can already note that one down, butI'll wait a bit with a new nomination post to do good write ups (for a few movies in one go). Overall some véry good movies in this batch!
User avatar
zzzorf
Posts: 2337
Joined: April 14th, 2018, 6:00 am
Location: Kempsey, NSW, Australia
Contact:

#67

Post by zzzorf »

beavis wrote: January 27th, 2022, 8:25 am
With El año del descubrimiento I also found a movie I am sure to be nominating, so ya'll can already note that one down, butI'll wait a bit with a new nomination post to do good write ups (for a few movies in one go). Overall some véry good movies in this batch!
The one nomination per post thing seems to be working for me (though I'm not sure if Bantha has realised he has already seen my latest nomination as he hasn't put his score in the spreadsheet yet), lol. Either way I'm looking forward to whatever else you will add as the choices we have so far are great and I know more will come.

On a side note, while I still probably have got through my must-nominate movies (still debating on if two belonged in that section) I may focus on unlocked at slates for the coming weeks, we still have no animated movie nominated after all
User avatar
Onderhond
Posts: 8639
Joined: December 23rd, 2012, 7:00 am
Contact:

#68

Post by Onderhond »

zzzorf wrote: January 27th, 2022, 8:39 am we still have no animated movie nominated after all
Belle seems like an obvious contender this year, so does Mad God. Both are still rather "unavailable" though, so I'm guess I/others are just waiting on that :)
User avatar
zzzorf
Posts: 2337
Joined: April 14th, 2018, 6:00 am
Location: Kempsey, NSW, Australia
Contact:

#69

Post by zzzorf »

Onderhond wrote: January 27th, 2022, 8:43 am
zzzorf wrote: January 27th, 2022, 8:39 am we still have no animated movie nominated after all
Belle seems like an obvious contender this year, so does Mad God. Both are still rather "unavailable" though, so I'm guess I/others are just waiting on that :)
Even with them we still need 4 to make a slate, so we at least need two more, that's if those two don't make the main slate. (In saying that I only have 1 movie worth nominating at the moment so I'm not much help myself)
User avatar
beavis
Posts: 3636
Joined: June 20th, 2011, 6:00 am
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact:

#70

Post by beavis »

still very early days to worry about filling a slate :)
User avatar
zzzorf
Posts: 2337
Joined: April 14th, 2018, 6:00 am
Location: Kempsey, NSW, Australia
Contact:

#71

Post by zzzorf »

beavis wrote: January 27th, 2022, 8:49 am still very early days to worry about filling a slate :)
Yeah I get that, but the last thing is want is to be scrambling to do it, some early choices are great, even if the majority come late that fill the slate. Either way I have till Monday to choose which my next nomination will be.
User avatar
filmbantha
Posts: 724
Joined: July 10th, 2013, 6:00 am
Contact:

#72

Post by filmbantha »

Beavis - thanks for checking out Straight Up, I'm glad you enjoyed it and will be supporting it, I'm hopeful that this could be a strong contender for the festival if others enjoy it as much as we did.

Zzzorf - I was happy to see Two Of Us appear as one of your nominations. It was a film I was considering nominating myself and it gets a 3, I was really moved with this one and it offers a perspective on older generations that was perhaps missing from our LGBTQ slate last year.

Also, I have a couple of animation nominations up my sleeve, just keeping an eye on release dates before nominating them.

I have added a new film to our spreadsheet, Sweetie You Won't Believe It. Its a very bloody and very fun horror comedy from Kazakhstan about a group of friends on a fishing trip whose situation spirals out of control when they cross paths with dangerous criminals and other sinister characters. It made a lot of waves on last year's festival circuit and it has been announced that the UK Blu-Ray is being released in Feb so this should hopefully soon be available for you all to watch.

I've watched a couple of nominations. Apologies in advance Beavis, Bird Talk just didn't work for me so I gave it a zero.

Bird Talk (0)

As a huge admirer of Andrzej Zulawski's work, I was excited to hear that his son, Xawery Zulawski, had directed a film based upon a script by his late father. The end result, Mowa ptakow (Bird Talk), is sadly a bit of a mixed bag that is brimming with wild ideas but lacks cohesion and is likely to prove rather obtuse in parts for those who are unfamiliar with contemporary Polish politics. Its meandering narrative jumps from one unusual character to the next as we become acquainted with struggling artists and weary teachers who are all disillusioned with their place in society.

There are some enchanting scenes that illustrate young Zulawski's talent for striking cinematography, which include some beautifully edited double exposures, yet the use of a roving handheld camera that spins around his cast doesn't quite replicate the manic intensity of his father's work and often falls flat. Further nods to his father's work in the form of a visit to an aging film director's house offer a touching tribute and are a personal highlight, even if these scenes do feel at odds with the rest of the story - making me wonder if Andrzej Zulawski had originally intended to comment on his past filmography in such a way or if it was a late addition by his son. Bird Talk is an intriguing film (never dull, yet sometimes exhausting) that indicates Xawery Zulawski could have the potential to make a good film if he adopted a more refined and considered approach.

Writer's Odyssey (2)

Films in which reality collides with dreams or delusions always appeal to me and A Writer's Odyssey puts a neat spin on this notion by exploring what happens to a man searching for his abducted daughter when his world begins to intersect with that of a successful fantasy novel. He is offered help in tracking down his daughter in return for killing the author of this novel and thus begins a wildly imaginative Chinese fantasy epic that delivers an abundance of inventive action set pieces.

The vivid colours and impressive CGI effects make for an exciting visual feast though there are times where it feels like you are watching a cut scene taken from the latest video game. Although the plot feels of little importance other than to propel the action forward it provides enough intrigue to captivate your attention, even if some of the characters could have been fleshed out more to heighten the emotional resonance. I can't deny that I had a lot of fun with A Writer's Odyssey despite its flaws; if you want beautiful action with an oriental flavour and aren't too fussed about the storyline then it may just hit your sweet spot.
User avatar
Onderhond
Posts: 8639
Joined: December 23rd, 2012, 7:00 am
Contact:

#73

Post by Onderhond »

Just a little heads-up that Mong-Hong Chung's latest just landed on Netflix (The Falls). A Sun did pretty well last year, so might be a contender. I'll definitely watch it though, so others shouldn't prioritize :)
User avatar
beavis
Posts: 3636
Joined: June 20th, 2011, 6:00 am
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Contact:

#74

Post by beavis »

January watches final update:
beavis wrote: January 19th, 2022, 3:31 pm 8. Internet Blutsauger (2021) 7.5
9. Internet Orphea (2020) 6.5
15. Internet The Works and Days (of Tayoko Shiojiri in the Shiotani Basin) (2020) 6.0
16. Internet L'Île aux oiseaux (2019) 7.0
18. Internet Gûzen to sôzô (2021) 8.0
22. Internet Ci sha xiao shuo jia (2021) 8.0 A Writer’s Odyssey, Onderhond
23. Internet Esquirlas (2020) 7.5
24. Internet Diários de Otsoga (2021) 7.5
25. Internet V síti (2020) 7.5 zzzorf
26. Internet Oroslan (2019) 7.5
34. Internet Otac (2020) 7.0
36. Internet Zgodbe iz kostanjevih gozdov (2019) 7.5
43. Internet Verdens verste menneske (2021) 8.0
46. Internet The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019) 7.0 Gloede
47. Internet Her Socialist Smile (2020) 5.0
52. Internet El año del descubrimiento (2020) 8.5
53. Internet Straight Up (2019) 7.5 bantha
58. Internet El planeta (2021) 7.5
59. Internet Ha'berech (2021) 7.5
66. Internet Ras vkhedavt, rodesac cas vukurebt? (2021) 8.0
67. Internet Mishehu Yohav Mishehu (2021) 7.5
68. Internet Hive (2021) 7.0
75. Internet Felkészülés meghatározatlan ideig tartó együttlétre (2020) 7.0
76. Internet Il n'y aura plus de nuit (2020) 7.5
77. Internet Domovine (2020) 7.0
80. Internet Aru sendo no hanashi (2019) 7.0 Onderhond

No new major finds in this last little stretch. But another nomination watched! After Odagari's first movie this new one is a bit of a dissapointment for me. Far longer and more conventional, the whole thing plays out along predictable lines and the scenery+music did not have the enchanting effect on me he was clearly aiming for... It is not a bad movie and some of the details are cute, so I can give some weak support, but I'm wondering if I should, for the festival...
Last edited by beavis on February 11th, 2022, 11:25 am, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
zzzorf
Posts: 2337
Joined: April 14th, 2018, 6:00 am
Location: Kempsey, NSW, Australia
Contact:

#75

Post by zzzorf »

Nomination #5

After Love (2020)

Image

Preferred Slate: Indie

Alternate Slate: Europe

Director: Aleem Khan

Links: :ICM: :imdb: :letbxd: :Crtiticker:






IMDb Plot Summary: Set in the port town of Dover in the South-East of England, Mary Hussain suddenly finds herself a widow following the unexpected death of her husband. A day after the burial, she discovers he has a secret family just twenty-one miles across the English Channel in Calais.

Wikipedia Information: After Love is a 2020 British drama film directed and written by Aleem Khan in his feature-length debut. The film stars Joanna Scanlan as Mary Hussain, a widow who discovers her late husband's secret family.

My Two Cents: Winning 6 of its 9 nominated awards at the British Independent Film Awards last year this movie is a perfect fit for our Indie slate. Scanlan is great as the widow who must not just come to grips with the sudden death of her husband but the sudden finding of his secret family over the English Channel. A very moving drama.


Image

Image

Image
User avatar
zzzorf
Posts: 2337
Joined: April 14th, 2018, 6:00 am
Location: Kempsey, NSW, Australia
Contact:

#76

Post by zzzorf »

I watched The Dog Who Wouldn't Be Quiet. The movie was a mixed bag for me, a beautifully shot Black and White movie with scenes that sometimes worked and sometimes didn't. I can see it's appeal but it only gets a 1 from me in the spreadsheet.
User avatar
zzzorf
Posts: 2337
Joined: April 14th, 2018, 6:00 am
Location: Kempsey, NSW, Australia
Contact:

#77

Post by zzzorf »

After Love has just been announced as nominees at the BAFTAS in the following 4 categories, Outstanding British Film / Leading Actress - Joanna Scanlan / Director - Aleem Khan / Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer - Aleem Khan (writer/director). That might help it get a touch more exposure but I don't think it will affect our rules for the festival.
User avatar
Onderhond
Posts: 8639
Joined: December 23rd, 2012, 7:00 am
Contact:

#78

Post by Onderhond »

Watched Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn today, voted 1. Here's my short take:

A pretty odd Berlin winner. I'm not quite sure what director Radu Jude was going for exactly. It felt like a scattershot critique on contemporary society (or maybe just humanity), but coming from someone who had a pretty poor grasp on the issues he wanted to raise. The result is quite messy. The chapter structure didn't quite work for me (the second chapter in particular felt completely out of place), the performances are awkward, the commentary stiff, predictable and forced. And yet, the film is oddly compelling, if only because I wanted to find out how far Jude would care to push things. Not a great film, but certainly worth a watch.

It's a film for a pretty particular audience, but I think it'll overlap with people who visit our forum. Not really my kind of film, but pretty interesting nonetheless, so I don't think a 0 would be fair. I'll leave it to you guys to deliberate the film :)
User avatar
Fergenaprido
Donator
Posts: 7073
Joined: June 3rd, 2014, 6:00 am
Location: Canada
Contact:

#79

Post by Fergenaprido »

All right, here is my first batch of nominations.

Holdovers
1. Divine Love (Divino Amor) (2019 Brazil) - 3
2. Matthias and Maxime (Matthias et Maxime) (2019 Canada) - 3
3. Summer of 85 (Été 85) (2020 France) - 3
4. The Shiny Shrimps (Les crevettes pailletées) (2019 France) - 3
5. Young Hunter (El cazador) (2020 Argentina) - 3

Decided to only carry over five films for now. There are a few others I still might renominate if I don't see other films that excite me. 3 of my remaining 6 eligible nominations from last year are directed by women, in case that is something contributing to the way people are planning their watches.

New nominations
6. Wildhood (2021 Canada) - 3 - Coming of age drama for a gay indigenous teen in the Maritimes. He's on the run from his abusive stepfather, looking for his mother with his younger half-brother in tow. He meets another indigenous youth along the way who helps them out, and maybe more. - LGBTQ+, Indie

7. Night Raiders (2021 Canada) - 3 - Indigenous scifi film that parallels a lot of the residential school issues that have been at the forefront of the conversation here in Canada lately. The fact that all those unmarked graves were (re)discovered last summer speaks to the timeliness of this. Starring Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers from The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open as a mother who works with an underground group of rebels to reclaim her daughter from a government/corporation-run institution. - Indie, directed by a woman

8. Hvítur, hvítur dagur (A White, White Day) (2019 Iceland) - 2 - A cop on leave suspects one of men in his small town of having had an affair with his recently deceased wife, and he decides to investigate. All the while, he's trying to process his grief over his loss, as well as take care of his daughter and, especially, his beloved granddaughter. A fairly standard Nordic thriller, I liked it but didn't love it. However, I do feel that it's the type of film that our audience would enjoy. - Europe

9. Wolf (2021 Ireland) - 3 - A young man believes he is a wolf, and is sent to an institution for other sufferers of species dysphoria. Dating Amber's power couple are great in their supporting roles here as a boy who thinks he's a German Shepherd and a girl who thinks she's a parrot. George Mackay's body movements were really well shot, mostly in low light. - Indie, directed by a woman

Films nominated by others:
I haven't seen any of the other nominations yet, but I just watched The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily (La fameuse invasion des ours en Sicile), which Gloede nominated last year, and I gave it a 2. I really liked the background animation, but the foreground looked rough at the start and the story wasn't doing much for me. Things got better, though, and the story drew me in more and more, and I stopped caring about the quality of the animation.

Other films I've seen but haven't yet nominated
Lemebel (2019 Chile) - 2 - Documentary about a queer activist. The film was good, but it was learning about this person I'd never heard of that was the most rewarding. - Documentary, LGBTQ+, Latin America, directed by a woman
And some older watches I'd previously overlooked
Fever (A Febre) (2019 Brazil) - 2 - Latin America, directed by a woman
The Goddess of Fortune (La dea fortuna) (2019 Italy) - 3 - LGBTQ+, Europe
The Barbarians of the Bay (Les barbares de La Malbaie) (2019 Canada) - 2 - Indie (Quebec)
If Only (Magari) (2019 Italy) - 2 - Europe, directed by a woman

I also recently saw Tal día hizo un año (For the Time Being), which I didn't care for, but it feels perfect for the arthouse slate, and Beavis has already seen it (and liked it, he gave it 4 stars on LB).
To Watch
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open
Vai
Red Moon Tide
White on White
Little Girl
Marygoround
Two of Us
Straight Up
Other Films I'm considering
Holdovers
1. Young Juliette (Jeune Juliette) (2019 Canada) - 3 - directed by a woman
2. nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up (2019 Canada) - 2 - directed by a woman
3. The Awakening of the Ants (El despertar de las hormigas) (2019 Costa Rica) - 2 - directed by a woman
4. The Last Serb in Croatia (Posljednji Srbin u Hrvatskoj) (2019 Croatia) - 2
5. The Blond One (Un rubio) (2019 Argentina) - 3
6. Summer of 85 (Été 85) (2020 France) - 3
Others
Parwareshghah (The Orphanage) (2019 Afghanistan) - 2 - Asia, directed by a woman
Indianara (2019 Brazil) - 2 - Documentary, LGBTQ+, Latin America, co-directed by a woman
Anbessa (Lion) (2019 USA) - 2 - Africa, directed by a woman - nb: American funding, Italian director, Ethiopian cast and setting
The Death & Life of John F. Donovan (2018 Canada) - 2 - Indie, LGBTQ+
Hayom Sheachrey Lechti (The Day After I'm Gone) (2019 Israel) - 2 - Asia
🧚‍♂️🦫
User avatar
zzzorf
Posts: 2337
Joined: April 14th, 2018, 6:00 am
Location: Kempsey, NSW, Australia
Contact:

#80

Post by zzzorf »

Nomination #6

Hearts and Bones (2019)

Image

Preferred Slate: Indie

Alternate Slate: N/A

Director: Ben Lawrence

Links: :ICM: :imdb: :letbxd: :Crtiticker:






IMDb Plot Summary: In Ben Lawrence's beautifully acted debut feature, a war photographer Hugo Weaving and a refugee Andrew Luri discover a photograph that threatens to destroy them both. Daniel Fisher Weaving returns home, and despite his partner's protests, prepares for his next dangerous overseas assignment. At the same time, he is preparing for an upcoming retrospective exhibition of his work from the world's war zones. South Sudanese refugee, Sebastian Aman Luri has built a life in Australia, living happily with his wife and young child. When he learns that Daniel's exhibition may display photographs of a massacre in Sebastian's village 15 years earlier, he finds Daniel and appeals to him to exclude those photographs. An unlikely friendship develops between the two men, but it is severely tested when Daniel makes a shocking discovery. Hearts and Bones centres around the relationship of these two men, from very different backgrounds, who bond over their shared trauma. Andrew Luri, who has never acted before and was driving a garbage truck when he auditioned for the role, and Hugo Weaving both brilliantly convey the intricate relationship between the men. With these two powerful performances at its centre, Ben Lawrence has made an intelligent, morally complex and deeply moving film.

Wikipedia Information: Hearts and Bones is a 2019 Australian drama film directed and co-written by Ben Lawrence. The film follows a war photographer and a refugee. It stars Hugo Weaving, Andrew Luri, Hayley McElhinney and Bolude Watson. Members of the cast received three nominations at the 9th AACTA Awards. Hugo Weaving was nominated for Best Actor, Andrew Luri for Best Supporting Actor, and Bolude Watson for Best Supporting Actress.

My Two Cents: I watched this movie this week and instantly knew it would be my next nomination, having given it a full 10/10. Hugo Weaving is as great as always and it is criminally insane how this one has fallen through the cracks. This movie deals with how different people deal with PTSD after there times in war-torn countries and I can't recommend it enough.


Image

Image

Image
Post Reply