Film Festival Reports

Our coverage on the latest film fests.

IFFR 2020: APIYEMIYEKI? BY ANA VAZ

By Jessica McGoff

A river runs through Ana Vaz’s latest work in the International Film Festival Rotterdam’s Ammodo Tiger Short Competition. Apiyemiyekî? was commissioned as part of a project designed to act as a space of reflection on the Brazilian military dictatorship that spanned 1964-1985.

IFFR 2020: IN THE MIDDLE OF THE LABYRINTH, BY SALOMÓN PÉREZ

By José Sarmiento Hinojosa

Three films come to mind from the last 20 years when talking about the teenage coming-of-age genre. From Andrea Arnold’s magnificent Fish Talk (2009), To Larry Clark’s The Smell of Us (2014), all the way across the ocean with Raúl Perrone’s masterpiece P3ND3JO5 (2013), there seemed to be a shared sensibility from their authors, an intention to dwell deeply into the soul of their protagonists: classless, outsider young men and women living in a rarefied atmosphere, in an opposite margin.

PINGYAO 2019: A BALANCE

By Mónica Delgado

Pingyao faces yet another year of growth, and the last one where they receive municipal and national subventions. But despite the possible elimination of this support, the festival has made a name for itself in China as a space for encounter and for visibility of the work from new generations (…)

PINGYAO 2019: MASTERCLASS WITH KLEBER MENDONCA FILHO

Por Mónica Delgado

In conversation with Desistfilm, the artistic director of Pingyao International Film Festival, Marco Müller, remarked that one objective of the event is to approach Latin American cinema to an audience that knows little about what’s happening in the region.

PINGYAO 2019: ZHANG YIMOU – MASTERCLASS

By Mónica Delgado

From some time now, filmmaker’s masterclass in festivals have become new age conferences for the ones interested in making movies, especially young people, a sort of DIY, mixed with certain spiritual pedagogy and entrepreneur culture, which is becoming patent in the testimonies and stories of filmmakers who seek to leave evidence of their profession.

LOCARNO 72: THROUGH A BIRD’S EYE

By Dennis Vetter

Dimensions play a role, the idea to let individuals be absorbed by a massive cinematic experience. Peculiar statements are made, and this is a quality: a character like Pedro Costa returns to the festival after four years, with his film Vitalina Varela, to be awarded again, this time with the main prize.

HOPES AND FEARS TO BREAK CIVIC APATHY AT ANIBAR, 2019

By Amanda Barbour

It’s not particularly wise (or useful) to dislocate any art from the social, political and historical climate that gave rise to it. While this article is a report on the 10th edition of the Anibar International Animation Festival, it takes place in Europe’s youngest democracy which requires some context. The partially recognized nation state of Kosovo has a complicated origin story.

FRAMING CLOSENESS: LAS PALMAS FILM FESTIVAL 2019

By Andreea Patru

There’s something about Pierre and Francine’s encounter in Emmanuel Marre’s Castle to Castle (D’un château l’autre, 2018) that reminds me of the endearing camaraderie between Harold and Maude (1971) in Hal Hashby’s homonymous cult film. Francine overlooking Paris heartbreakingly confesses about her sons’ estrangement: “when they come I am so happy that when they leave it breaks my heart.” In this year’s Las Palmas Film Festival short film competition, society gets in the way of how bonds form, altered to the point blood ties seem meaningless.

CROSSROADS 2019, PROGRAM 1: UNSEEABLE LIGHT/A CHORUS OF VOIDS

By Wilder Zumarán

Program 1 of Crossroads 2019, Unseeable Light / A Chorus of Voids, is made up of three proposals of spatial (in the broadest sense of the term), intuitive and miscegenation vocation. From its viewing, one gets a tactile experience of the audiovisual, a free, alive and intuitive experience, as an improvisation in which a perceptive experience becomes aware of the media used, a dialogue between sound and image. The three projects take frames of reference and register in contexts that exceed the strictly cinematographic : Sick Sense 2, from a research on the perception of some frequencies on human sensibility, A Chorus of Black Voids Sings In Rays of Unseeable Light, from multiprojection-performance and Diamond Body, from the mix, juxtaposition and sound improvisation on the filtered image.

CROSSROADS 2019, PROGRAM 8, A FRIEND BECOMES LIKE A GHOST

By Ivonne Sheen

A friend become like a ghost was the 8th program of the past Crossroads 2019 edition, which took place in San Francisco, California. The amazingness of this event is found in the subtlety of the curatorial work in it, paints and invokes the powerful expansive states of experimental filmmaking under mystical and poetical premises. A friend become like a ghost is an encounter with light, with film, with ourselves as light and shadow, as life and death. 

CROSSROADS 2019, PROGRAM 3: OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS

By Wilmer Zumarán

The films of the Program 3, Other voices other rooms, of the Crossroads Film Festival 2019 are very heterogeneous among them. However, they have as a common denominator a particular position on the look, the image, the representation. These are films that impose a way of seeing cinema that works in turn as a political stance against the hegemonic gaze. They are films that seek to denaturalize the way we have become accustomed to feel, that question our experience.