IFFI 2015 – wrap up

2015-06-08 // 0 Comments

Finally is seems to dawn on people in what was formerly called the ‘3rd World’: Earning a living isn’t easy, no matter where you are; that’s the basic message in DES ÉTOILES (a lengthy and poorly made but quite entertaining film by Dyane Gaye, award-winner at the Festival d’Angers in 2014 and winner at the IFFI) as [...]

SHANA – das Lied des Wolfs

2015-06-05 // 2 Comments

Shana heisst das Mädchen, das mit seiner Geige die Stimmen der Natur zu spiegeln vermag. Ihre Mutter Melanie ist gestorben, verschwunden im Wald, sagt man. Wölfe sollen sie geholt haben. Shanas Vater spricht mit Melanies Geist, wenn er nicht gerade seinen Schmerz über ihren Verlust im Alkohol ertränkt. Am Baum der Ahnen hängt Brief um [...]


2015-06-04 // 0 Comments

Machismo might be brought about by mothers. In PELO MALO (BAD HAIR) a boy (brilliant young actor Samuel Lange Zambrano) just can’t get anything right for his mother Marta (Samantha Castillo, a new Jennifer Lopez): If he wants to straighten his curly hair and look like a singer she’s panicking that he might be gay. [...]

IFFI 2015 – the Alpine one

2015-05-26 // 0 Comments

No, it’s not the India Film Festival*), it’s the one in Innsbruck, amidst the Austrian Alps, who’s going to show such films as OMEGA 3 (see pic) and SHANA (which I’ll simply have to see). The 24th edition of this (not so very) small film festival runs from June 4th through June 7th 2015 and [...]

THE FOUNTAIN starring Hugh Jackman

2015-05-07 // 0 Comments

Sometimes a film haunts you – in a good way, even though it has its flaws. THE FOUNTAIN is one such, but you’ll need some patience to sit through your confusion as to which story writer/director Darren Aronofsky actually wants to tell. Powerful waves of imagery crash against you, eerie and beautiful, yet not fully explicable [...]

THE BROKEN – review

2015-04-17 // 0 Comments

British-French psychothriller THE BROKEN is a wonderfully photographed bow to Alfred Hitchcock, suspenseful, witty and with more than one citation of the master’s work. Although throughout the first third there’s little more than Guy Farley‘s music which conveys a sense of threat the film manages to keep one wondering: a little weirdness here, a broken [...]

Von Edeltrash und Geschichten

2015-04-11 // 4 Comments

Die Alpinale rief zur Vorauswahl der V-Shorts, also der aus Vorarlberg eingereichten Filme – nun zählt Österreichs westlichstes Bundesland genausoviele Einwohner wie Island, hat aber bei weitem nicht dieselbe kraftvolle Filmindustrie. Dementsprechend quälend gestaltete sich die Durchsicht aller (!) Einreichungen … na ja, ich verliess nach der Hälfte der 28 Filme den Saal … [...]
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