‘The Wild Boys’ (Les garçons sauvages, 2017) is the first full-length feature film by French director Bertrand Mandico. Previously he has made a lot of short films and animations, the most known of which is probably the 40-minute ‘Boro in the Box’ (2011), the fictive, fantastic portrait of Polish animator-designer-filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk.... Read more
The biggest film festival of the year will start tomorrow and now is the best time to get with the programme for all you film lovers out there. To make it easier, we have some recommendations for you.
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Bach, Pärt, analogue synthesizers, effect blocks, the most dangerous band in the world, the freshest and most intriguing films from all over the world… This week is full of music and film. And in the meantime, don’t forget to pickle your fish!... Read more
As such a massive and versatile festival is difficult to sum up on just a couple of pages, I will only focus on the films that impressed me the most at this year’s PÖFF. While putting together my programme, I tried to make as versatile choices as possible this time, but by the end of the festival it still appeared that I had remained myself and watched a string of morbid horrors. The day was partly saved by the fact that I had decided to see as many debuts as possible, including some brighter pieces, but my favourites are still on the darker or the more psychedelic-fantastical side of life and humanity. In the following paragraphs, I award a few completely unofficial prizes of PÖFF, which unfortunately do not bring any benefits to the authors or filmmakers.... Read more
The odyssey to climb the volcano Popocatepetl in 1519 by three members of the army that would eventually conquer the Aztec empire is depicted through the vision of the young Mexican filmmakers Ruben Imaz and Yulene Olaizola in Epitaph, another film that was part of the Main Competition Programme in the Black Nights Film Festival that took place in Tallinn from November 13 to 29.... Read more
BNFF is a place where every member of the audience has three options when browsing the programme and looking for films. These are like three shots – one into the leg, the other into the tin can set up as a target, and a third as a warning into the air. You can have certain hits, lucky strikes, and sad fails. It is the same with these ten films. The list focuses on Spanish-speaking world and Asia, but some European films from the competition section have also attracted our interest. ... Read more
Black Nights Film Festival presents a large variety of films from the Middle East and Muslim countries. Making a selection is quite risky as the level is different. At the same time, one can find true treasures among them. It is definitely worth watching them at the festival as the majority will not make it to Estonian cinemas later.... Read more