600 Miles, Directed by Gabriel Ripstein
Very realistic, great action scenes, full of suspense and very well played end credits. G.Ripstein and T. Roth made it.
Prins, Directed by Sam de Jong
Programmed in the Generation 14 plus section, but got also well accepted by the older (20+) audience. Here more from Sam De Jong, hope to see more from him soon.
The Forbidden Room, Directed by Guy Maddin
Guy Maddin Enjoys doing experiMENTAL projects currently, unfortunately not everyone in the audience enjoyed watching the over 2 hours long Forbidden Room.
A film-noir like modern thriller filmed in great locations. This is another film adaptation of a Patricia Highsmith novel.
Not having seen the theatrical cut before attending the Directors Cut’s screening was not a bad thing. The ~40 minutes longer version seems alright and I haven’t found anything I would want to get rid of. The movie itself is something we don’t experience in cinema a lot, but isn’t that what a good cinema is about: showing or doing things that haven’t been done before…
Partially raised on Hitchcock movies – Josephine Decker premiered her directional debut ‘Thou wast Mild and Lovely’ (a movie that Hitchcock himself wouldn’t be ashamed of making) at the Berlinale last Friday. The film’s cast: Joe Swanberg and Robert Longstreet work amazing together, especially when their polarity changes. Sophie Traub’s performance as the frog eating nymphette is outstanding. The DP’s done her job really great, including the unconventional (hopefully not accidental) focus play and the ‘first-cow-perspective’ seduction flashback. Decent cross-genre cinema with a twist, that will keep you thrilled till the end of the movie. 8/10.
A story has as many versions as the number of people that it is told by. In her documentary-project Sarah Polley touches the relativity of storytelling using her mom’s life’s-story. This film is not another simple nostalgic docu-bio-pic, it’s a riveting, deep , thrilling and touching documentary that will grab your attention until the last second.
An original element of the film is implementing reenactments that are (probably) mixed with the original footage from the family archive – they are a bit distracting/confusing. I guess it also could be the way of trying to show Sarah’s version of the story.
Without hesitation – one of the best films from this year’s Two Riversides Festival’s lineup.