“After Louie” & Whitney.”can I be me” S.F. LGBTQ Film Festival, Film Reviews

Kudos’ to all that participated in the making of one of the best Frameline: Genre Queer 2017, S.F.International LGBTQ Film Festivals.

Closing night film “After Louie” was a brilliant choice to end the festival. Why?  because, it deals with closure. Deep emotions from the survivors of a lost generation of AIDS victims as well as a new generation that is living in the Gay present.  Alan Cummings , is (Sam) a man, who after two decades after surviving the loss of his lover, his friends, his activist community of  brave souls that had been touched by the AIDS’s pandemic. Sam is now dealing with survivors guilt as so many have and still are.  Alan Cummings portrayal of Sam is so personal, so deep, so present, that one may question, is he being the brilliant actor that he is or is he just being himself reliving his own accounting of his life. Directed by longtime activist and ACT Up member Vincent Gagliostro. Many other LGBTQ luminaries appear in the film.  It is no wonder why Alan Cummings is the recipient of the 2017 Frameline Award. Co-Starring, Zachary Booth.

RATED: 3 1/2 . Honey 🐝🐝🐝’s

WHITNEY. “Can I Be Me” 

Why, oh why was this sham of a film ever allowed into the LGBTQ  S.F. Frameline Film Festival? Was it under the guise that childhood friend, Robin Crawford was Whitney’s lover? Was that old rumored news supposed to be the reason it was accepted  into the festival ? Because It was given a “Gay Hook”?  Robin Crawford was never interviewed. Robin Crawford did not confirm, sanction nor dignify the assertions made by Rudi Dolezai and Nick Broomfield.

Rudi Dolezai was somehow on just a small part of the 1999 , Whitney “My Love is Your Love Tour”. The footage that he shot for himself was grainy and had the quality that he was skulking around in the shadows to capture what he could.  With the intent on how to make a buck off of a time when Whitney’s drug disease was at it’s most vulnerable. He edited over and over again the small amounts of his footage to be reinserted into everything you have ever seen before on TMZ, ABC, any and all interviews over the years. Carefully cherry picking only the negative soundbites and of course his favorite source, “Being Bobby Brown” footage. Editing it all into the most salacious, vicious, mean spirited film. It is all self serving for these peddlers of exploitation for profit at it’s worst!

No wonder there weren’t any interviews by the most trusted influential and respected people that could speak to the validity about Whitney’s life. No wonder these two are being sued. In the Q&A section after the showing of this garbage they said upon the question posed to them “why weren’t there interviews by Robin Crawford who you are hanging your hat on the premise of this film ?” or of  Clive Davis her mentor and her close knit confidents ?” Their answer ” We talk to our Lawyers they are our best friends these days” . Well, you know the ol stories about lawyers and what they will do for a dollar. A Marriage made in sleaze heaven.  Rudi and Nick should get on the Broom-field they flew in on and fly away.

RATED: Don’t get STUNG paying for this one or waste your time seeing everything you already have seen or heard over the years.

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Frameline 41 Genre Queer: San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival: June 15-25, 2017

JUNE is LGBTQ month! It is time to celebrate! It is also SF International LGBTQ Film Festival 41 Genre Queer. I have been covering this festival for 21 years of it’s 41 years. I will start by saying in my estimation, this years line-up is the best. It is so exciting. The breath and depth of topics, evolved filmmaking, new and established star power of fine actors , break out directors from far and near. Be prepared to run the gamut of emotions  with these fine film selections by Frameline.

Frameline’s mission is to change the world through the power of queer cinema. As a media arts nonprofit, Frameline’s programs connect filmmakers and audiences in San Francisco and around the globe. Frameline’s integrated programs provide critical funding for emerging LGBTQ filmmakers, reach hundreds of thousands with a collection of more than 250 films distributed nationally, inspire thousands of students through Youth In Motion, which sends free films and curricula to schools across the nation, and creates an international stage for the world’s best LGBTQ film through the San Francisco International LGBTQ Film Festival and additional year-round screenings and cinematic events. Learn more at http://www.frameline.org

Opening night :THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN (USA, 2017 – 90 mins)
Directed by Jennifer Kroot, editor/co-director Bill Weber
For decades, Armistead Maupin has deftly conjured the enchantment of San Francisco and its denizens in “Tales of the City”. In this very revealing  documentary, Maupin is shown to be just as endearing, funny, vulnerable, and bold as his popular protagonists.

It is also  historical in its “GAY” accounting  of the evolution of the Castro district and  Polk st. that gave San Francisco it’s worldwide “Gay” recognition. It’s not just the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz, Honneey ! that makes San Francisco famous and fabulous.

Rated: 3 1/2 Honey 🐝🐝🐝

Showcase Film: FREAK SHOW (USA, 2017 – 95 mins)
Directed by Trudie Styler  (yes, that one, married to Sting)
Featuring Alex Lawther, Bette Midler, Abigail Breslin, Laverne Cox, and John McEnroe
“Nails that stick out get hammered down,” warns Billy’s dad. But Billy was born to be fabulous. How could he not be, when Bette M is his birth mother. North Carolina is not ready for the independent, defiantly outrageagous Billy.  No amount of bullying is going to change that, in this fresh, poignant, and wildly funny coming-of-age drama.

Ms. Styler has shown another side of her creativity. I look forward to her Directing more films.  Rated: 3 1/2 Honey 🐝🐝🐝

Here is a guide to the diverse films that will be shown:

AFTER LOUIE – Closing Night Film, Frameline Award, and Party

● First feature from director Vincent Gagliostro

● West Coast Premiere

● Struggling with survivor’s guilt from the early years of HIV/AIDS, Sam (Alan Cumming, in one of his best performances to date) is bewildered by a younger generation of carefree gay men with their social media, sexting, and seeming political indifference. But when he meets the seductive young Braeden (Zachary Booth) at a bar, their pants quickly come down and, eventually, so does Sam’s ossified guard.

● AFTER LOUIE star Alan Cumming is also being honored with the 2017 FRAMELINE AWARD. The award, established in 1986, is given every year to a person or entity that has made a major contribution to LGBTQ representation in film, television, or the media arts.

● Closing Night Party: After the program, toast to a phenomenal Frameline41 at the Closing Night Party at Oasis. Be the first to hear the winners of the Frameline41 Festival Awards and catch a performance from drag queen extraordinaire Heklina.

CENTERPIECE PRESENTATIONS

BECKS – Centerpiece US Feature

● Directed by Daniel Powell and Elizabeth Rohrbaugh

● Bay Area Premiere

● After dropping everything to move west for her girlfriend’s career, Becks (Tony-award winner Lena Hall of Hedwig fame) discovers she’s been replaced by a “younger, hotter, LA set of tits.” Retreating to her Midwestern hometown, she moves back in with her ex-nun mom (Academy Award nominee Christine Lahti), and, to her surprise, discovers romance, and herself, in the most unexpected of places.

CHAVELA – Centerpiece Documentary

● Directed by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi

● Bay Area Premiere

● This larger-than-life portrait showcases one of the toughest, most talented singers of her generation, the iconic chanteuse and sexual outlaw Chavela Vargas—a favorite of filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar. She was a macha lesbian who forcefully played by her own subversive rules.

I DREAM IN ANOTHER LANGUAGE (Sueño en otra idioma) – Centerpiece World Cinema

● Directed Ernesto Contreras

● Bay Area Premiere

● The mysterious circumstances surrounding a fifty-year feud between two of the last speakers of a dying indigenous language in Mexico are artfully intertwined with bittersweet remembrances of the past in this enchanting feature, winner of an Audience Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

GENRE QUEER – POWERFUL THEMES EMERGE AT FRAMELINE41

Icons & Heroes – Strong Biopics & Documentaries Covering Fascinating People From the exquisite profile of Armistead Maupin and the inspiring journey of Todrick Hall, to the captivating lives of artists as diverse as Whitney Houston and Tom of Finland, Frameline41 shines a spotlight on a beautiful spectrum of icons and heroes, exploring their stories in both biopics and documentaries.

● THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN (see Opening Night Film, above)

● CHAVELA (see Centerpiece Documentary, above)

● BEHIND THE CURTAIN: TODRICK HALL, by Katherine Fairfax Wright, travels backstage with iconic artist Todrick hall as he gleefully subverts whitewashed pop culture, moving like a chameleon from sparkly red slippers to football helmets, from the Wicked Witch to Beyoncé.

● THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON, by David France, seeks answers about the 1992 death of transgender pioneer Marsha P. Johnson while also celebrating the lives and legacy of Johnson and her friend and comrade Sylvia Rivera, who, together, launched the modern trans rights movement.

● THE FABULOUS LIFE OF ALLAN CARR, by Jeffrey Schwarz, captures an ambitious producer, manager, and marketer who built his flamboyant reputation while earning millions from the hit film Grease and the Broadway smash La Cage aux Folles, only to have it all come crashing down after he produced 1989’s Academy Awards ceremony.

● STUMPED, by Robin Berghaus, is a captivating portrait of patience, perseverance, and perspective, examining a quadrilateral amputee’s survival story that explores physical and emotional challenges, as well as identity, diversity, and the strength of the human spirit.

● TOM OF FINLAND, by Dome Karukoski, tells the dramatic biography of an unassuming illustrator who dares to send some erotic sketches to an American publisher, launching the career of the newly dubbed “Tom of Finland,” whose iconic hyper-masculine imagery helped transform the self-image—and fantasies—of a button-down gay world.

● WHITNEY. “CAN I BE ME”, by Nick Broomfield and Rudi Dolezal, uses never-before-seen footage to uncover a sprawling and riveting portrait of Whitney Houston—from a youth inspired by gospel music to a superstar plagued by addiction and forced into playing a role both on and off stage.

Queer Cinema and Filmmakers of Color in the Post-Moonlight Era

The colossal moment signified by Moonlight’s 2017 Academy Award for Best Picture has prompted many to wonder whether stories about the lives of LGBTQ people of color have finally been accepted into the mainstream. As part of a special initiative supported by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, California Humanities, and The GriffinHarte Foundation, Frameline41 presents “Barriers & Breakthroughs: Illuminating Filmmakers of Color Before and Beyond Moonlight”—a series of film screenings and panels that celebrate and contextualize a powerful body of filmmaking from queer artists of color. Film highlights include:

● ABU (Father), by Arshad Khan, explores Khan’s upbringing in a modern yet traditional Muslim family in Pakistan where he couldn’t confide his attraction to boys, and his moving journey to self-acceptance, told through home movies, animation, film clips, and pop songs, that began after the family immigrated to Canada.

● LOOKING FOR LANGSTON, by Isaac Julien, screening in a new digital restoration, is a classic 1989 meditation on desire, poetry, and the Harlem Renaissance that still pulsates with urgency: a prophetic forerunner of the Moonlight era.

● SIGNATURE MOVE, by Jennifer Reeder, finds common ground between a closeted Muslim lawyer (Fawzia Mirza) and a free-spirited Chicana bookstore owner in this heartfelt and funny film about how modern romance can arise from a path steeped in tradition. Also featuring Shabana Azmi.

● STRONG ISLAND, by Yance Ford, is a piercing work of self-reflection told by Ford, a transmasculine filmmaker, who makes personal the countless tragedies brought about by racism in this country.

A New Episodic Section

Frameline has showcased episodic and web-based content over the years. Frameline41 goes all in with an entirely new section of episodic programming devoted to the edgy, binge-worthy frontier, created primarily through lenses of queer people of color, including a large majority of women makers.

● BEARDS, by Dan Robert and Lisha Brooks, is a truly bizarre and deliciously satirical comedy sketch surrounding funny, poignant tales of people trying desperately to deny their true desires.

● BROWN GIRLS, from director Sam Bailey and creator Fatimah Asghar, follows Single Girls Club friends as they navigate the beautiful messiness of their mid-twenties in this hilarious and heartfelt story centered on the lives of two young women of color.

● DISPATCHES FROM CLEVELAND, by Catherine Gund, is a series of five short documentaries that paint a full picture of how intersecting social justice movements—from police reform to economic equality to transgender visibility—are revitalizing and empowering marginalized communities in Cleveland.

● THE F WORD, by Nicole Opper, captures the funny and emotional world of an Oakland couple, ready to expand their family, as they venture into the complicated world of the American foster-to-adopt system.

● MORE THAN T, by Silas Howard, explores how many trans people are externally defined by finding their path in life, and illuminates themes of self-determination and discovering one’s calling.

● WOKE WOMEN MIXTAPE is an episodic two-for-one that takes an intimate look at the lives of women of color in Brooklyn, and creates a deeply satisfying display of comradery, desire, heartache, and joy. Featuring two works: 195 LEWIS, EPISODES 1-5, by Chanelle Aponte-Pearson, and BKPI, EPISODES 1-3, by Hye Yun Park.

SHOWCASE FILMS

● THE ARCHER, by Valerie Weiss, combines queer romance with a bit of First Blood, Foxfire, and Thelma and Louise, telling the story of a steely-eyed archery champion fighting back against the sadistic staff at a youth detention facility.

● BEHIND THE CURTAIN: TODRICK HALL (see Icons & Heroes, above)

● THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON (see Icons & Heroes, above)

● FREAK SHOW, by Trudie Styler, is an effervescent, poignant, and wildly funny coming-of-age drama about a teenager who challenges parental warnings, bullying, and the status quo to truly be his fabulous self. Featuring Alex Lawther, Bette Midler, Abigail Breslin, and Laverne Cox.

● GIRL UNBOUND, by Erin Heidenreich, explores the world of the top-ranked female squash player in Pakistan who has been the target of Taliban death threats since her teens, and her perseverance as she dares to defy those who seek to contain or categorize her.

● GOD’S OWN COUNTRY, a feature debut by Francis Lee, beautifully conveys how passion can transform lives, telling the rich and sexy story of a hard-drinking Yorkshire lad who keeps his emotions in check until an irrepressible Romanian immigrant comes to help out on the family farm.

● SIGNATURE MOVE (see The Post-Moonlight Era, above)

● STUMPED (see Icons & Heroes, above)

● WHITNEY. “CAN I BE ME” (see Icons & Heroes, above)

● THE WOUND, by John Trengove, brims with dramatic tension as a man returns to his small, South African community to participate in the annual ceremony where teenage boys are initiated into manhood in an environment wholly dedicated to traditional male mores.

FRAMELINE COMPLETION FUND RECIPIENTS

Since 1990, Frameline has awarded more than $490,000 in completion funding to 143 film projects by and about the LGBTQ community. Frameline41 is proud to present ten films that were finished with assistance from the Completion Fund:

● BOBBYANNA, a short film by Jackson Kroopf, is a lyrical love story that explores connection, gender expression, and privilege, featuring a breakout turn from Legacy Bailey. Part of the REALNESS & REVELATIONS shorts program.

● CHAVELA (see Centerpiece Documentary, above)

● THE DEATH AND LIFE OF MARSHA P. JOHNSON (see Icons & Heroes, above)

● DISPATCHES FROM CLEVELAND (see Episodic Section, above)

● ENCUENTRO, a short film by Florencia Manóvil, rides along on a spark-filled evening between two women, one of whom challenges the other’s perspectives of Latinos and even herself. Part of the REALNESS & REVELATIONS and HOMEGROWN shorts programs.

● INTERSECTION, a short film by Angela Tucker, finds a young woman and her two besties on a road trip where they are forced to examine their identities and place in the American South. Part of the REALNESS & REVELATIONS shorts program.

● SIGNATURE MOVE (see The Post-Moonlight Era, above)

● STUMPED (see Icons & Heroes, above)

● THE UNTOLD TALES OF ARMISTEAD MAUPIN (see Opening Night Film, above)

● WOMAN ON FIRE, by Julie Sokolow, is the stunning portrait of Brooke Guinan, New York City’s first transgender firefighter, and her battle for acceptance from two families—her conventional suburban family and the deeply conservative family that is the New York Fire Department.

 

 

 

Please check http://www.frameline.org  website for:  Theatre, dates and times. Purchase tickets and find all the films that will be part of the festival.

“When is San Francisco do as the citizens of S.F do”. Party, So, See you at the Parade and in the Festival theaters .

“Like Crazy” Film Review

Like Crazy

“Like Crazy” is one of the most perfect titles for this Italian Dramedy . Directed by Paolo Virzì. Starring, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (Beatrice ) & Micaela Ramazzotti ( Donatella)  As Italian momma , Sofia Petrillo (Golden Girls) would start a story with a visual,

Picture this;

Pistoia, Italy, Villa Biondi, a secure psychiatric experimental facility that looks like the Villa from the Godfather lll, Corleone family village.  “never let anyone know what you are thinking” said Michael Corleone .  This can be applied to “Like Crazy”.

Beatrice, a self described Countess who has a flare for ‘putting it over” on anyone at anytime to get what she wants or other wise known as a pathological liar. She suffers from mythomaniac . Beatrice, for the most part just wants to be a free spirited wealthy women who just wants to have” FUN”. Her attitude is infectious.

Donatella, is a young, multi-tattooed  women, who  keeps her punishing mysterious pain to herself, rendering her an introvert by design.

The two women meet at Villa Biondi.  There is a unique attraction and bond that forms between them . Is there a level of silent recognition and familiarity  that is felt between two ” crazy” likeness’ between people?

If you loved “Thelma and Louise”  then you will love “Like Crazy”. This Italian film with English subtitles  goes deeper into the phycological depth of “Beatrice and Dontatella’s ” wild escapades .  “Like Crazy” runs the gamut of emotions .  Valeria Bruni Tedeschi,  is captivating in her portrayal of Billionaire Countess Beatrice, at least in her own mind .

Micaela Ramazzotti’s ( Donatella ) performance, emotionally  sucks you into her tormented psyche. A condition, which is more common than not in its cause and effect. Micaela, puts a face on to this “disorder” that goes straight to your heart.

RATED:  3 Honey 🐝🐝🐝 I’m a like pazzo for this film

Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival 2016 (Directors Fortnight)
Official Selection – Vancouver International Film Festival 2016

Opens May 19, 2017
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center
1118 Fourth Street (between A&B Streets)
San Rafael, CA

Opera Plaza Cinema,  San Francisco

 

 

 

“Norman:The Moderate Rise & Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer” Film Review

norman_poster.jpgHe’s back,  Richard Gere, starring  as “Norman Oppenheimer”.

Norman , is an unrelenting New York, Jewish Fixer.  What is a fixer? The person who can get favors done through a network of influential people. How do you get those influential contacts? ACT ONE: Norman Oppenheimer reveals his persistent pursuit.  There is an ACT Two: and ACT Three  in the Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall.  We are captivated as we are moved by Norman’s trials and tribulations in each of  the ACT’s .

Richard Gere’s portral of Norman is compelling. Gere’s range of emotions, glides effortlessly  through the multidimensional character of Norman Oppenheimer. Gere, has sensitively developed Norman in a departure from any other part he has played in the past.

In Norman we see that this type of “Fixing” goes on in every level of Politics . It is in the  entertainment industry, the fashion industry, basically every business . Every business has an imprint of a “Norman the fixer”. Not to be confused with “Ray Donovan’s , “Fixer”.

Written and Directed by Academy Award nominee, Joseph Cedar. Starring Richard Gere, Lior Ashkenazi ( if you aren’t familiar with him , you will want to see more of him), Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Hank Azaria and Dan Stevens.

Norman was the official selection for both the Toronto Intl. and Telluride Film Festivals.

Opens in New York April 14th 2017

Opens April 21, 2017 In San Francisco at the Landmark Clay theatre and Century 9

Opens April 28th In Berkeley, Menlo Park, San Rafael, Pleasant Hill, and San Jose.

Check  local listings for Theatre and show times.

RATED: 3 1/2 Honey 🐝🐝🐝1/2🐝

 

 

“FRANTZ” Film Review

 

“War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing, say it again” “Oh ,war, I despise ’cause it means destruction of innocent lives , War means tears to thousands of mothers eyes when their sons go to fight and lose their lives, War it ain’t nothing but a heart-breaker, (war ) friend only to the undertaker” Lyrics/ Sung by  Edwin Star 1970

Post World War 1, 1919 in a small German town of Quedlinburg . A young beautiful women (Anna Hoffmeister : played by break out actress , Paula Beer) tends to her fiancés grave sight. She is not the only one visiting and mourning “Frantz” who was  killed in battle in France. On that day, a  young Frenchman, Adrien Rivoire ( played by : Pierre Niney) , also lays flowers at the grave. His  mysterious presence so soon after the German defeat is just the tip of the emotionally sensitive aftermath of war from a very intimate perspective. Anna’s  heart breaking roller coaster of love ,mourning and reconciliation. The perspective from Frantz’s German parents and the German townsmen.

Then there is the full circle flip of Adrien’s family and Frances’s perspective and attitude to German Anna Hoffmeister and Germany, post War.

The film is shot in Black and White representing  present day and color for the past. There are so many thought provoking layers to this well crafted and directed film. It is no wonder that it has garnered :

Winner – Best Cinematography (Pascal Marti), 42nd César Awards
Winner – Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actress (Paula Beer), 2016 Venice Film Festival
Winner – Grand Jury Prize for Best Performance International Narrative (Paula Beer) & Best International Feature, 2017 Gasparilla International Film Festival
Official Selection – 2017 Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Rendez-Vous with French Cinema
Spotlight Selection – 2017 Sundance Film Festival
Official Selection – 2016 Telluride Film Festival
Official Selection – 2016 Toronto International Film Festival

Director: François Ozon  is one of French cinema’s most prolific writer-directors, and has explored and subverted many genres with films including Water Drops on Burning Rocks, Criminal Lovers, Under the Sand, 8 Women, Swimming Pool, 5×2, Time To Leave, Hideaway, Potiche, In the House, Young and Beautiful and The New Girlfriend.

Director,Ozon,said  for “Frantz” “he drew his inspiration from Ernst Lubitsch’s 1932 drama Broken Lullaby, with stunning visual references to painter Caspar David Friedrich”.

Opens March 24th
Landmark Clay in San Francisco
Landmark Shattuck in Berkeley
Camera in San Jose
Christopher B. Smith Rafael Film Center in San Rafael

RATED: 4 Honey 🐝🐝🐝🐝’s

 

“Oscar Nominated Animated & Live Action Short Films”

The new Academy Award nominees in the categories of Best Animated & Live Action Short Film are being featured at Landmark Theaters. Bravo ! to Landmark for showcasing the talent of up-in coming filmmakers . “Short films are the incubators of the directing stars of tomorrow, and show a remarkable variety of inspiration and technique”. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences announced the nominees on Tuesday, January 24, 2017.  The 89th Academy Awards show  is broadcast live on Sunday, February 26, 2017! The ceremony will take place at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network.
These films are Not Rated by the MPAA. Running time 86 & 130 minutes.

Nominated Animation Shorts:
“Borrowed Time “– dirs. Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, USA, 7 minutes; Reminiscent of the magnificent 7, the wild west with a message.

“Pearl “– dir. Patrick Osborne, USA, 6 minutes; So much portrayed in a person’s life in 6 minutes. original music weaves the storyline with line drawn animation . It makes good use of storyboarding  and editing .
****”Piper “– dir. Alan Barillaro, USA, 6 minutes;  When Disney bank rolls you and supports you  with animation facilities , your 6 minutes are going to be heads above the other nom’s..My guess it will win. Shades of that ol’ Bambi, Finding Nemo tension.

“Blind Vaysha” – dir. Theodore Ushev, Canada, 8 minutes; based on an Indian short story.It is narrated and simple animation to tell the story. 8 minutes went by slowly
Live Action Shorts:
“Pear Brandy and Cigarettes* – dir. Robert Valley, Canada and UK, 35 minutes; — *Important note: this will be the last film in the program. An  animated first-person narration about a troubled friendship, there’s violence, language, sex, and drug use in it, and it’s not appropriate for children. This short is so sexist, self indulgent by the writer/director. Not meaning to typecast or be stereotypical but If you are a teenage boy then I guess this short was made for you.

“SING”– dir. Kristof Deak, Hungary, 25 minutes;  Slow moving but it punches a wallop of an ending!

“SILENT NIGHTS”– dir. Aske Bang, Denmark, 30 minutes; A look at immigrant migration to Denmark. Poignant and revealing in these turbulent times.

“Timecode “– dir. Juanjo Gimenez Pena, Spain, 15 minutes;  Whimsical story of two parking garage security cops.

****” Ennemis Interieurs ” dir. Selim Aazzazi, France, 28 minutes;  My pick for the Oscar. 28 minutes of captivating filmmaking set in an interrogation “extreme Vetting” process of achieving citizenship .

” La Femme et la TGV “– dir. Timo von Gunten, Switzerland, 30 minutes;

Light weight filmmaking on a subject matter that could have been told in 15 minutes. An

aging women, a train and moving on in life .

Exclusive Engagement Opens Friday, February 10th
Landmark’s Clay Theatre
2261 Fillmore Street at Clay Street – (415) 561-9921
or Landmark’s Center Cinema
One Embarcadero Center Promenade Level – (415) 352-0835
& Landmark’s Opera Plaza Cinema
601n Ness Avenue near San Francisco’s Civic Center – (415) 771-0183
& Landmark’s Shattuck Cinemas
2230 Shattuck Avenue one block from UC Berkeley – (510) 644-2992

“The Brand New Testament” Review

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What if you knew the date and time of your death? What would you do with your remaining time?  The ONE universal question no one knows the answer to. The one answer that can reset your life in the way you live it. Jaco Van Dormael , has given us a beautifully shot and directed film that deserves a multitude of praise! “The Brand New Testament” is so perviously perfect, it puts the “S” in Surreal, Brain candy coupled with laugh out loud devilish, delightful humor.  To tell you more of what ensues in this film would seem too bizarre and would definitely get lost in its brilliance, through written translation.

The film was shot in Belgium in 2015 and released December 2016. It is in French with English subtitles.  The Subtitles  are perfectly placed and do not flash by so fast you can’t read and take in the visuals at the same time. The visuals are so artistic, matching the absurdity  of the script’s scenes. The musical score matches these scenes and in some instances becomes its own character. The casting , is perfect and what would a French spoken film be without the legendary actress Catherine Deneuve. Director, Van Dormael’s imagination and his gift for conceptualization has brought a truly unique voice to this well crafted film and deserves the following awards:

Best Foreign Language Film Nominee – 2016 Golden Globe®
Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay – 2015 Magritte Awards (Belgian Academy Award)
Best Comedy – 2015 Fantastic Fest
Official Selection – 2015 Cannes Film Festival – Directors’ Fortnight
Official Selection – 2015 BFI London International Film Festival
Closing Night Film – 2015 Festival Du Film Francophone

“The Brand New Testament ” gets my vote for Best Foreign Language Film.

RATED: 4 .Honey 🐝🐝🐝🐝