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Thanks for trying it, and bigger support then expected too :thumbsup:
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It's a film I'd already noticed before, so I only needed a little push. It's contemporary and urban China,it wasn't that far removed from the films I regularly appreciate (it's also a high 6, close to a 7). So yeah, good rec :)

Also a good time to launch my 8th nomination:

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08. The Sadness [Ku Bei] by Rob Jabbaz [Dawn/Asia]
Source: Bluray
IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13872248/ (2.9K votes)

Not sure if this is fit for this forum, but you can't have a Dawn category without some true/visceral horror, and this film delivers. From the very first screenings The Sadness began to build up a buzz, and rightfully so. It's rare that I go into a horror film with high expectations, it's even rarer for a horror film to meet them. It's virtually unheard of for a zombie/infected film. And it's not that the film is that outrageous or shocking, just very graphic and punchy, which some very memorable characters and lovely sets. The finale was a bit different from what I'd hoped (but good enough in its own right), other than that I have no complaints at all about this one. Bloody fun.
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I was almost certainly going to nominate The Sadness if Onderhond hadn't nominated it so it gets my full support! It's a very strong contender for the dawn category and I hope it makes the final line up.

I watched Friends and Strangers today which was a solid Indie and gets my support (2), I feel like the strong Rohmer vibes are likely to appeal to Gloede.

Thanks for giving Sanctorum a shot Beavis, I was really impressed with the beautiful cinematography and strong fantasy elements but I can see why it might not be for everyone.
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The Sadness sure is violent, and I agree that it is fun to have something real bloody in the Dawn section, even though I found the pacing to be off, the storytelling not that great and the supposed transgressive elements stuck too much in zombiefilm cliches... I have already forgotten almost all of it (except for one remarkable scene in a subway), while the very gruesome and hardhitting violence of something like Vidblysk (Reflection, 2021) got to me more and stays with you... (but it is also no fun at all and I wouldn't put something like that in the Dawn section...)

Thanks for the support for Friends and Strangers!! such a great Indie find. And a great debut too. Not sure how much Rohmer is in there, but it has got that certain je ne sais quoi, and indeed Gloede might be all over that.
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Watched The Beta Test today. I like Jim Cummings, unique guy, but not his best work I think. I still liked it, but had hoped for something better. Supporting it with a 1:

Jim Cummings is a pretty unique guy, a reputation that becomes more pronounced with each film he directs. Not everything he does is outstanding, but it sure stands out and whenever I see his name pop up, it's an assurance that something out of the ordinary is waiting for me. The Beta Test isn't his best work, but it sure is something. Jordan is a slick Hollywood agent who is about to get married. One day, he receives a mysterious envelope is his mailbox. It's an anonymous invitation to spend an erotic night in a hotel room. Jordan is intrigued and accepts the deal, though he isn't quite prepared for the effect this night is going to have on his life. Cummings is an acquired taste and the character he portrays here is an ultimate douchebag, but somehow he gets away with it. Not that he's charming, but he inspires a level of pity he doesn't really deserve. The film is a bit odd, a bit mysterious, a little funny in places. It's an easy watch that kept me intrigued from start to finish, but it does lack a finer finish. Interesting, it's just that the potential is there to do better.
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Just put my support behind Midnight which I watched last night. I had a few instances of where I thought they forgot she can't hear but overall this was a nice little thriller that me and my wife would watch all the time. Pity it isn't in english so I could show it to her.
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Nomination #17

The Obituary of Tunde Johnson (2019)

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Preferred Slate: LGBT

Alternate Slate: Indie

Director: Ali LeRoi

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IMDb Plot Summary: A wealthy, Nigerian-American teen is pulled over by police, shot to death and immediately awakens, reliving the same day over and over, trapped in a terrifying time loop - forced to confront difficult truths about his life and himself.

Wikipedia Information: The Obituary of Tunde Johnson is an American drama film, directed by Ali LeRoi and released in 2019. The film premiered at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival

My Two Cents: The first film I have re-nominated from last year this is a nice little Groundhog Day coming out story that was nominated for Outstanding Film - Limited Release at this years GLAAD awards along with another one of our nominated films, Twilight Kiss.


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zzzorf wrote: April 30th, 2022, 10:51 pm Just put my support behind Midnight which I watched last night. I had a few instances of where I thought they forgot she can't hear but overall this was a nice little thriller that me and my wife would watch all the time. Pity it isn't in english so I could show it to her.
Wow, completely missed this nomination. Good fun, this certainly gets a 2 from me.

A fine South-Korean thriller. I've seen it compared to Flanagan's Hush, which is not a bad point of reference. Except we're dealing with two mute characters here, who aren't confined to their home, but are running around town instead. It's a clever spin that makes the film a touch darker still. After walking home from a work party, Kyung Mi (a deaf/mute) bumps into a dangerous psychopath. A young guy who stalks women and kills them just for the fun of it. Kyung Mi is crafty and manages to escape, but when she tries to warn others, she fails to communicate the dire situation she finds herself in. The film has some pretty tense scenes, even though writer/director Kwon does need some forceful interventions to keep the cat and mouse game going. The film could've been a bit shorter, especially the extension at the end felt a bit unnecessary, but a powerful performance of Wi Ha-Joon and an intriguing premise make for a nifty little thriller.
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beavis wrote: April 23rd, 2022, 8:35 pm
Spoiler
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
82. Bioscoop Nightmare Alley (2021) 7.5
86. Bioscoop Along the Way (2022) 7.5
87. Bioscoop Licorice Pizza (2021) 8.0
95. Bioscoop Olga (2021) 7.0
99. Bioscoop The King's Man (2021) 7.5
100. Bioscoop Death on the Nile (2022) 7.0
101. Bioscoop Hytti nro 6 (2021) 8.0
102. Bioscoop The Card Counter (2021) 8.0
103. Bioscoop The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021) 8.0
105. On Demand Shi shen ling (2021) 8.0
144. Bioscoop Petrovy v grippe (2021) 9.0
145. Bioscoop Tout s'est bien passé (2021) 7.5
165. Bioscoop The Batman (2022) 8.5
166. Bioscoop Gekijôban Sword Art Online Progressive Hoshi naki yoru no Aria (2021) 4.5
168. Internet Hutsulka Ksenya (2019) 7.0
171. Internet Viddana (2020) 7.0
174. Bioscoop Gangubai Kathiawadi (2022) 8.0
178. On Demand Vaioretto Evāgāden: Eien to jidō shuki ningyō (2019) 6.0 zzzorf
179. Bioscoop Inexorable (2021) 7.5
180. Internet Ping jing (2020) 7.5
181. Bioscoop After Yang (2021) 8.0
182. Bioscoop De uskyldige (2021) 8.0
183. Bioscoop Ku bei (2021) 7.0
184. On Demand Kamiarizuki no kodomo (2021) 6.5
185. Bioscoop Ryû to sobakasu no hime (2021) 8.0
186. Bioscoop Pahanhautoja (2022) 7.5
187. On Demand Qing ya ji (2020) 7.5
192. Internet About Love (2019) 7.0
193. Bioscoop Vidblysk (2021) 8.0
194. Bioscoop Mila (2020) 8.0
196. Internet Vai (2019) 7.5 zzzorf
197. Bioscoop C'mon C'mon (2021) 8.0
198. Bioscoop Grosse Freiheit (2021) 7.5
199. Internet Razzhimaya kulaki (2021) 7.5
201. Bioscoop Red Rocket (2021) 8.0
202. Bioscoop Doraibu mai kâ (2021) 8.0
203. Bioscoop Természetes fény (2021) 8.0
208. On Demand The Power of the Dog (2021) 7.0
209. Bioscoop Wu qu lai chu (2021) 7.5
212. Internet Carro Rei (2021) 6.5
214. Bioscoop De kleine man, tijd en de troubadour (2019) 7.5
215. Bioscoop Flugt (2021) 7.5
216. Bioscoop RRR (2022) 7.5
218. On Demand Bombay Rose (2019) 7.5 zzzorf
219. On Demand The Mitchells vs. the Machines (2021) 8.0
222. Blu-ray Saint Maud (2019) 7.5
223. Blu-ray Censor (2021) 7.5
225. Internet Wolf (2021) 6.5 Fergenaprido
230. Internet Ste. Anne (2021) 8.5
234. Bioscoop X (2022) 7.5
236. Internet Yuni (2021) 7.5
238. Internet Në kërkim të Venerës (2021) 7.5
239. Internet A Dim Valley (2020) 7.0
243. Internet Rasendes Grün mit Pferden (2019) 7.5
244. Internet Por el dinero (2019) 7.0
245. Internet Friends and Strangers (2021) 8.0 NOMINATED IT
246. Internet Isabella (2020) 7.0
249. Internet Haruharasan no uta (2021) 7.5
252. Internet The Two Sights (2020) 7.5
253. Internet Un Musée Dort (2020) 8.0 NOMINATED IT
256. Blu-ray The Whalebone Box (2019) 7.5
263. Internet Paradis Sale (2021) 7.5
273. Internet Sanctorum (2019) 6.5 bantha
274. Blu-ray Come True (2020) 7.5
277. Internet Rose Plays Julie (2019) 6.5
last update of my 2019 - 2021 watches in April:

280. Internet Deja que las luces se alejen (2020) 7.5
281. Bioscoop Les Olympiades, Paris 13e (2021) 8.5
282. Bioscoop L'événement (2021) 7.5
285. Internet Théo et les métamorphoses (2021) 7.5
288. Internet Serpentário (2019) 7.5
289. Blu-ray Les animaux anonymes (2020) 6.5
302. Internet Toda La Luz Que Podemos Ver (2020) 7.5
303. Internet La fiera y la fiesta (2019) 7.5

"Deja que las luces..." and "Toda La Luz..." are two experimental South American movies that besides having a poetic title about light, also have the fact that they played at FID in common. The second one ends on a bibliography (the only other time I saw a bibliography on a movie was with Pasolini's Salo I think!) and is clearly the more ambitious. But both are very obscure, yet beautiful... If we had some more arthouse minded programmers I might have nominated them just to see what others make of these interesting debuts. Theo and Serpentario were similarly close (but no cigar). Les Olympiades is only now playing at cinema's, and it only fits in Europe so I don't think I'll nominate it at this time... but could be a very cool candidate for next year!
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I'm pleased to see Midnight was a hit with Zzzorf and Onderhond is supporting it too. Fingers crossed it picks up some more traction in the coming months. I caught up with a few more nominations over the weekend and have a handful lined up to watch over the coming days. Here are my thoughts:

It Must Be Heaven (3)
I found this to be an irresistibly charming comedy, with its focus on amusing vignettes not too far removed from the world of Roy Andersson. The cinematography is sublime and although much of the film's message went over my head initially (it all becomes clear as the film progresses), the visuals and deadpan humour of Elia Suleiman's wonderful performance were enough to keep me fully engaged. I'm new to the films of Suleiman and I'm very eager to peruse his back catalogue after this delightful introduction to his work. My 3 means that this now qualifies for main slate consideration, and I'm sure Zzzorf will be pleased (as I am) to see we finally have a 2019 film amongst this roster.

Gritt (1)
This is a generous 1; Gritt was mostly a miss for me but I can see that it may have appeal. I was somewhat impressed by the central performance but the story and the film's handheld camera work did little to convince me it was worthy of making our festival. Sorry Gloede, It wasn't a bad film as such but it didn't grab me at all - I don't think I'm the target audience for this.

Prayers for The Stolen (1)
I had high hopes for Prayers For The Stolen, the setting was great and the young actors were convincing though I felt the story lacked the emotional punch to draw me in and I was unable to connect with the characters. It's an okay film though I think we have better options for the Latam slate.
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Watched Dead Dicks, the potential is obvious, the execution not quite there. I'm giving it a 1 for minor support.

A film that leans quite heavily on its premise. And I will admit that the premise is pretty strong, it's just that everything around it isn't quite up to par. Some things are a little easier to forgive than others, certainly keeping the film's low-budget in mind, but it does feel like there was the potential to do more. Becca just landed a prestigious internship, but she hasn't managed to tell her brother. He's battling mental issues and Becca is worried about leaving him to fend for himself. When she finally finds the courage to tell him, she gets a series of odd messages from her brother that urge her to come visit him. Something very strange is going on in his apartment. The cinematography is pretty bare bones, the performances aren't great and the feeble attempts to add some comedy and drama feel ill-advised. The core concept is strong though and when the film crosses over into horror territory it's pretty effective. The ending too is pretty cool. Dead Dicks is not as great as it could've been, but I'm certainly looking forward to their next project.
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filmbantha wrote: May 3rd, 2022, 4:04 pm It Must Be Heaven (3) I found this to be an irresistibly charming comedy
:cheers:

In the meantime I divided my LB list for the festival into a watch and a watched list
https://letterboxd.com/beavis/list/icmf ... ch-list-1/
https://letterboxd.com/beavis/list/icmf ... ched-list/

I updated but then shortened the section that is now "the watchlist" from around 170 titles down to 80... because that is already more then 10 titles/month if I want to see all of them before the festival!! I will be seeing even more eligible titles of course (In cinema for sure, but also at home), but the selected ones are the most anticipated titles at this moment I guess, including a bunch of ya'll's nominations.

so you can check if a title I've watched is something that I very much like to give support to
and find some inspiration for possible candidate titles for yourself too maybe
and the reservations are of course that these lists do not contain everything I have seen or will see and that my mood is always changable ;)
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As promised I've watched a few more nominations this week:

Baby (0)

I agree with Onderhond that the visuals in Baby are nice but that's about where my enjoyment of this film ended. Hats off to the director for trying something different, a dialogue free horror film is no mean feat, though it lacks the atmospherics or an engaging storyline that could have made this dark fantasy memorable for the right reasons.

Bombay Rose (2)

This would be a fine addition to the animated slate, the music was great, the animation was quite beautiful in parts and the intersecting stories were handled nicely. It fell short of greatness but I enjoyed this a lot and imagine it would be well received by other members of the forum.

La Traversee (2)

Another film that would make a solid addition to the animated slate. It presents a poignant tale of a family of refugees seeking safety as they flee from danger and is based partly on the experiences of the Director's grandmother. It feels very topical and this adds to the emotional impact of the story.

Bad Luck Banging (1)

The first part was very intriguing, however, the second part lost me completely. Then the third part was beginning to win me over just as it was coming to an end, though this wasn't enough to redeem the entire project. I can see why people enjoy it, though I'm still yet to be entirely convinced by Jude. He's a film-maker I respect and admire but one whose cinematic language doesn't really speak to me.
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As we are getting deeper into the year I just wanted to remind people that if you are having trouble sourcing any of the nominated movies that you want to watch just ask and I'll grab it for you as I can access everything so far that has been nominated, it also makes me more likely to watch it if I haven't already. Last year some of our better successes (like S He) came from this offer so I'm always happy to help. Also here is the updated potential list, it is starting to look strong but we have a long way to go if we are going to keep this particular method of picking the list to send to the jurors.

Potential Juror/Main Slate List:
1. Marygoround (Maryjki) [2020]
2. Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (Babardeala cu bucluc sau porno balamuc) [2021]
3. Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (Gûzen to sôzô) [2021]
4. Summer of 85 (Été 85) [2020]
5. Mad God [2021]
6. It Must Be Heaven [2019]
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at least animation seems to be doing better so far!

I'm doing the Chinese challenge this month, but within that I'm looking at the following possible candidates:

The The 2019
My Prince Edward 2019
Present.Perfect. 2019
Spring Tide 2019
Bipolar 2021

And I intend to watch these nominated movies this month

Suk Suk
The Queen of Black Magic
Hotel Poseidon

Other possible candidates I'm looking to squeeze in:

Weitermachen Sanssouci 2019
Pa-go 2019
There Are No False Undertakings 2020
Romance Doll 2020
El Gran Movimiento 2021
Superior 2021
Bebia, à mon seul désir 2021

In Cinema there is the CinemAsia festival going on (very good timing!!) where I have reservations for:

Love After Love (Ann Hui, 2020)
Keep Rolling (Man Lim-Chung, 2020, documentary on Ann Hui)
Anita (Leung Lok-man, 2021, biopic on Anita Mui)
White Building (Kavich Neang, 2021)
Whether the Weather is Fine (Carlo Francisco Manatad, 2021)
Midnight Swan (Eiji Uchida, 2020)
Taste (Bao Le, 2021)

So still very much full steam ahead on my side! :)
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Just remember that Queen of Black Magic doesn't fit into the Chinese challenge but that did remind me I do have a few Chinese movies in my potential nominations list, maybe I might move them over to my hard drive and watch them this month.

Talking about that list, here it is again if anyone wanted to check it over for suggestions or to check what I would give as a score if it was nominated for movies I've seen. The top lot is what I've seen with their score the bottom is what I've downloaded and are potential watches.
https://www.imdb.com/list/ls084726496/
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Of course I haven't seen it yet, but from my possible Chinese language candidates I think My Prince Edward might be most interesting for you
(and of course I am aware the Queen is an Indonesian movie ;))
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beavis wrote: May 7th, 2022, 8:52 am I'm doing the Chinese challenge this month, but within that I'm looking at the following possible candidates:
I think Till We Meet Again (Giddens Ko) would be a great candidate for the Dawn/Asia slates, but I don't think it's readily available yet.
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beavis wrote: May 7th, 2022, 8:52 am Other possible candidates I'm looking to squeeze in:

Weitermachen Sanssouci 2019
Pa-go 2019
There Are No False Undertakings 2020
Romance Doll 2020
El Gran Movimiento 2021
Superior 2021
Bebia, à mon seul désir 2021
Only seen Bebia from these, which was very interesting and I would be happy to give 2/3.

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I saw They Say Nothing Stays the Same a few days ago, and it was a thoroughly well-made, well-acted film that just did not grab me all too much. 1/3.
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I've just bumped up three of my nominations from last year, all of which have strong support from two programmers and could easily make the leap to main slate consideration if others enjoy them. These are Adoration, Bye Bye Morons and Dogs Don't Wear Pants. I have a feeling that Dogs Don't Wear Pants is a film Onderhond is likely to enjoy ;)
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Onderhond wrote: May 7th, 2022, 9:24 am
beavis wrote: May 7th, 2022, 8:52 am I'm doing the Chinese challenge this month, but within that I'm looking at the following possible candidates:
I think Till We Meet Again (Giddens Ko) would be a great candidate for the Dawn/Asia slates, but I don't think it's readily available yet.
It's playing at CinemAsia, but because I disliked his previous Mon Mon Mon Monsters very much and the premisse sounds not so great, i'm giving it a pass...
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filmbantha wrote: May 7th, 2022, 10:03 am I've just bumped up three of my nominations from last year, all of which have strong support from two programmers and could easily make the leap to main slate consideration if others enjoy them. These are Adoration, Bye Bye Morons and Dogs Don't Wear Pants. I have a feeling that Dogs Don't Wear Pants is a film Onderhond is likely to enjoy ;)
What no mention of me liking Dogs Wear Pants this year? I didn't get to it last year because it finished on my streaming services before I got to it but this year I might download it to make sure I get to it.
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zzzorf wrote: May 7th, 2022, 10:11 am
filmbantha wrote: May 7th, 2022, 10:03 am I've just bumped up three of my nominations from last year, all of which have strong support from two programmers and could easily make the leap to main slate consideration if others enjoy them. These are Adoration, Bye Bye Morons and Dogs Don't Wear Pants. I have a feeling that Dogs Don't Wear Pants is a film Onderhond is likely to enjoy ;)
What no mention of me liking Dogs Wear Pants this year? I didn't get to it last year because it finished on my streaming services before I got to it but this year I might download it to make sure I get to it.
Ah brilliant, I hope you enjoy it also! For some reason I thought you had started to watch Dogs Don't Wear Pants when I nominated it last year but weren't in the right mood for it and never got round to finishing it, I must have been mistaken haha. I sometimes lose track of who says what, especially when our nominations thread covers so many pages.
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filmbantha wrote: May 7th, 2022, 10:15 am
zzzorf wrote: May 7th, 2022, 10:11 am
filmbantha wrote: May 7th, 2022, 10:03 am I've just bumped up three of my nominations from last year, all of which have strong support from two programmers and could easily make the leap to main slate consideration if others enjoy them. These are Adoration, Bye Bye Morons and Dogs Don't Wear Pants. I have a feeling that Dogs Don't Wear Pants is a film Onderhond is likely to enjoy ;)
What no mention of me liking Dogs Wear Pants this year? I didn't get to it last year because it finished on my streaming services before I got to it but this year I might download it to make sure I get to it.
Ah brilliant, I hope you enjoy it also! For some reason I thought you had started to watch Dogs Don't Wear Pants when I nominated it last year but weren't in the right mood for it and never got round to finishing it, I must have been mistaken haha. I sometimes lose track of who says what, especially when our nominations thread covers so many pages.
I think I turned it on one night and fell asleep quickly that night and then it was removed from the streaming service before I could get around to it again.
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beavis wrote: May 7th, 2022, 10:09 am It's playing at CinemAsia, but because I disliked his previous Mon Mon Mon Monsters very much
Ah yes, better to skip then :)
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Nomination #18

Kapana (2020)

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Preferred Slate: LGBT

Alternate Slate: Africa

Director: Philippe Talavera

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IMDb Plot Summary: In Namibia, a country where sodomy is still a crime and gay relationships are stigmatized against, two lives intersect: George and Simeon. Two secrets. One unlikely meeting in a bar.

Wikipedia Information: N/A

My Two Cents: This film from Namibia really surprised me, it was a lot more polished than I would expect from an African country not known for its cinematic heritage. Yeah the story is really an anywhere story but it has the Namibian flair to it. A good boy meets boy story which deals with multiple issues that comes with that territory.


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zzzorf wrote: May 8th, 2022, 1:23 am
Nomination #18

Kapana (2020)

Preferred Slate: LGBT

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Director: Philippe Talavera

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This film has been high on my watchlist ever since I first heard about it last year. I'll try to find it and watch in the next few months.
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Sancrorum (2019, Joshua Gil)

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Sanctorum is a visually hypnotic meditation on the Mexican drug war, fueled by melancholy, a longing for a better life and intruigingly the supernatural. A spiritual motic runs through from beginning to end, and very much feels at home in a tale about living with death and fear on a day to day basis. It can also be described as a cry of humanising the farmers trapped within the drug war, growing the product as they have no other path to dubstinance, and trapped between violent cartels and military troops as a result.

The atmosphere is consistently forlorning, drawing us into a world where there is very little light, and opening with mass murder and water turned to blood. There is an unnerving distance to it all, with stars, clouds and nature illuminating the world before we are finally taken into the rural community, and their way of life, where a child playing with his toy car in a field of hemp with men carrying machine guns all around him is commonplace.

Characters are rarely the focus, stronger feelings, such as the bond between mother and son, and the ties of the community as a whole, take the forefront, for better or worse. The worse is that you may care less about possible character destinies towards the end, but the better is that this is not really the focus/wish, wanting you instead to see the entire circle of violence, desperation and poverty together with the circle of life, and leave us on a thoroughly intruiging note of absolute turmoil.

It is als onteresting to see this in the context of the more mainstream Tigers Are Not Afraid, as another movie focused on gang dominance that ties in supernatural elements. This is a far more minimalist film, placing the focus on emotion over narrative structure, but both films bring the supernatural into a very real situation of utter turmoil and desperation, either to offer hope or perhaps because reality in these situation is already so stretched thin that it lends itself to these motifs in a very powerful way.

3/3

P.S. I was actually very surprised to see that Filmbantha was the nominator here, and even more surprising to see that Beavis gave it 1, as it felt so much like a Beavis nomination, from the minimalist way it builds atmosphere, to the way it plays with contrasts and used nature, stars, etc. It is not neccesarily a flawless film. Some of the edges were a little rough. I did not like the few instances on x2 speed, that fade from the child running in the forest to stars, for instance, but I think the overall project was very successful and that it would be a great match for either the Arthouse or the Latin slate.
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St. Gloede wrote: May 8th, 2022, 11:29 am ...and even more surprising to see that Beavis gave it 1, as it felt so much like a Beavis nomination, from the minimalist way it builds atmosphere, to the way it plays with contrasts and used nature, stars, etc. ...
I gave it my 2 cents here viewtopic.php?t=5747&start=120#p760326
not sure what more to add besides it feeling like an empty (or at least very underdevelloped) idea. yes minimalism usually is good for me, but it is a very tricky mode to get right (that's part of why I rate it so high when it works), there must be content/reason behind it, and when I don't feel it, I am left mostly with the interesting kernel of the idea and pretty pictures. I still gave it support because this could feel totally different for somebody else, I could be wrong, and these kind of conversation pieces are always more interesting than something more generic that everybody just feels kinda ok about, but my personal rating for the movie gave only very little room for support...
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Very understandable, interestingly it was reverse for me with Vuelven.
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Bor Mi Vanh Chark / The Long Walk (2019, Mattie Do)

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A cleverly vague bare-boned sci-fi fantasy from Laos that blends together ghosts, time travel and the terror of trying to set things right. It is thoroughly creepy and unnerving as our protagonist finds himself, possibly, in the position of being a serial killer, a friendly medium, a time-traveller, or all of the previously mentioned at once. It is jarring, surprising, and often a little confusing, but as we trail the storyline and see the clues, it all comes together. This is one of those films it may very well be good to see more than once, though the reveals are slow-burning rather than harrowing plot twists, and the atmosphere is more serene and contemplative, bringing you into the mystery, rather than being more compact. It reeks of death, begs for forgiveness, and while never directly trying to shock it can be borderline disturbing, with rather dark imagery and scenes. All in all a thoroughly tense experience that may not be for everyone. 3/3
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Happy to give my full support to Caught in the Net, adding it to the list of 3x3 approval, and helping to shape up the Documentary slate.

I think it is a film that will work very well for most viewers as it has a strong emotional core, a relevant topic, very strong content - both in terms of its quality and in terms of hitting emotional/mental chords - as well as some really interesting framing/storytelling/form that should appeal well to the arthouse scene without in any way being niche/an arthouse effort.

V síti / Caught in the Net (2020, Barbora ChalupováVít Klusák)

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Caught in the Net is a rather daunting look at the modern online world of underage girls, focusing in on the predators seeking to exploit and groom minors and not really sparing us the details, beyond pixelating the adult men's penises (and faces) as they expose themselves, repeatedly, and act as it is the most natural thing in the world. What they however do not know is that the" young girls" they are exposing themselves to are actually adult actresses in a studio, with cameras tracking everything. They have been caught.

For me, what was so involving, beyond the base premise and experience of being right there, seeing how these men act, is the framing and form of the film, as we are involved in the entire process from start to finish. We start with the audition process, where many of the women reveal that they had also been approached as children, the actually casting and how the three actresses eventually picked get into their rolls. We also see the construction of the sets, three children's room, and get the interactions along with the reactions from the filmmakers and the crew. We are right with them in this project, and as the number of men pass well over 1,000 (a card reveals more than 3,000 men made contact over the single week the project was running) we get increasingly uncomfortable and see a very grim picture of humanity (though some nicer moments are also included).

An excellent, provocative and disturbingly immersive effort.
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I'm really happy to see my first nomination make the potential Jury list (both in the terms of one of mine making the list and also the fact it was my first nomination, one I really believe deserves a spot on the main slate). It is such a powerful documentary in both its terms on the viewer but also the impact it made on the country itself. I know I have taken a lot more consideration with my nominations this year and hope to see a few more take impact on the rest of you. Now things are starting to speed up in this thread hopefully a few more will be seen and the word will start to make the rounds around here. Remember if anyone needs help finding anything I'm more than happy to help.

Potential Juror/Main Slate List:
1. Marygoround (Maryjki) [2020]
2. Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (Babardeala cu bucluc sau porno balamuc) [2021]
3. Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (Gûzen to sôzô) [2021]
4. Summer of 85 (Été 85) [2020]
5. Mad God [2021]
6. It Must Be Heaven [2019]
7. Caught in the Net (V síti) [2020]
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Nomination #19

Stop Filming Us (2020)

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Director: Joris Postema

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IMDb Plot Summary: Based on the struggle of young people in Goma (Northeastern Congo) against the prevailing Western reporting about war and misery, Stop Filming Us investigates how these Western stereotypes are the result of a skewed balance of power. Stop Filming Us creates a cinematic dialogue between Western perceptions and the Congolese experience of reality. While the Congolese perspective becomes increasingly clearer in the film, questions arise about the perspective of the film itself; is a white director able to make a film about the new Congolese image or is it primarily a story created by his own Western perspective?

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My Two Cents: My second re-nomination from last year, and the one I definitely said I would, is a good look into how the people of Congo and how the Western world sees them. The fact that this is a Dutch documentary further hardens the point that white people can't tell the proper Congolese story.


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Watched The Sadness last night. Really enjoyed the gory savageness of it, definitely a great addition to our JBD slate and my full support does add it to the qualified movies. Once again though I'm worried it may make it past the IMDb vote cutoff as it seems to be getting a bit of buzz at the moment.


Potential Juror/Main Slate List:
1. Marygoround (Maryjki) [2020]
2. Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn (Babardeala cu bucluc sau porno balamuc) [2021]
3. Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy (Gûzen to sôzô) [2021]
4. Summer of 85 (Été 85) [2020]
5. Mad God [2021]
6. It Must Be Heaven [2019]
7. Caught in the Net (V síti) [2020]
8. The Sadness (Ku Bei) [2021]
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Watched Caught in the Net, very good doc. Would've wanted to know a bit more about some of the topics touched upon (like only 3-5% of these men being identified as pedophiles), but the narrow focus also has its advantages. Supporting it with a 2

Not the most original documentary, certainly one of the boldest I've seen about this subject. The grooming of young girls online is something that is well-documented, but to see it play out for real is quite something else. For that reason alone, this documentary is worth a look, especially for kids or adults dealing with teens. Three actresses of age are scouted for the job. They're styled and prepped to look as if they were only 12 years old, they are given online profiles, then the waiting starts. Not for long though, almost immediately after creating their profiles older men begin to contact them, many of them with malicious intentions. Things don't get better when the girls actually engage with these men. The doc has a pretty strict focus, which is a shame, as it touches upon some very interesting things that could've used a bit more explaining. At the same time, this narrow focus makes for a more harrowing experience, where no punches are pulled by the documentary team. Not a very pleasant watch, but definitely an impressive one.
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Really happy it caught you as well! ;)

And yes, I was also very interested in that noted statistics and whether it is a question of categorisation (paedophilia specifically refers to attraction to pre-teens) or if it was more a question of mental health, the need of attention, etc.

I have seen a few other nominees over the last days as well:

Sweat - A good character study/look at a social media celebrity and her loneliness and relation to her fans. It starts on a high of emotions and intensity as she holds a large workout session and also finishes on a high of emotion, but the majority of the film feels more like a softly dark comedy where the main arc is gaining a bit of sympathy for her stalker. If we had felt her loneliness more, or the comedy/usease was turned up higher, for instance Östlund levels, this would have fallen in the great category for me. 2/3

Tenere - Great to see two documentaries from Niger nominated (the other one being my nomination, Zinder). Both look at poverty and what life choices people make in these conditions - be it crime (Zinder) or travelling away for work in other countries. We look at traficking, foreign workers and the undercover numbers of deaths of people attempting to cross the desert. Tenere hits many emotional notes and is quite good, though the footage from the actual journey felt rather limited and was not felt as strongly as the first 30 minutes of getting to know the man we will follow and his family. 1/3.

Ste. Anne - An experimental drama that felt a little too poorly connected/weird for the sake of being weird without really delivering on the core craft. There is talent here, but I did not connect with it. 0/10

New Order - Quite rough around the edges, but in terms of provocation and emotion I can't recall the last time a film hit my senses this strongly. 3/3

Poupelle of Chimney Town - Decent enough anime, though the animation style felt a little too cheap and the plotting felt a lot like a mix of other films. Overall I just didn't feel it, unfortunately. 0/3

Sweetie, You Won't Believe It - Slightly too "juvenile" for me to fall head over heels with it, but still an absolute blast, especially when it gets moving 20-25 minutes or so in and it is just a high voltage, crazy, kill or be killed deal. It also seems made for the JB4D slate. 2/3
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