Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s Shoplifters wins Cannes’ Palme d’Or

    On the 8th of May, The Cannes Film Festival opened with Everybody Knows, starring Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem. On the 19th of May, Terry Gilliam's The Man Who Killed Don Quixote closed the film festival. The film that took decades - 20 years! - from funding problems to set disasters and legal … Continue reading Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s Shoplifters wins Cannes’ Palme d’Or

Tribeca Film Festival 2018: Must-watch movies as women filmmakers spotlighted — Monsters and Critics

By the way, is Tribeca Film Festival an indie film festival? There are so many film festivals in every country that one can get lost. To make some order you may start even by classifying them geographically by continents. Then you can sort them out by indipendent factor (indie films take center stage) or whether … Continue reading Tribeca Film Festival 2018: Must-watch movies as women filmmakers spotlighted — Monsters and Critics

Rock Steady Row – the big winner of Slamdance Film Festival 2018 – or where are Trevor Stevens and Heston Horwin right now?

Last Friday as I was reading Josh’s review of Rock Steady Row that was shown at the Chattanooga Film Festival (chattfilmfest.org, 5-8 April, Tennessee, USA) and before that at the Slamdance Film Festival (Grand Jury Prize, slamdance.com, 19-25 January, Utah, USA), it hit me that the same movie was about to open Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival (2018.hoff.ee, 27-29 April, Estonia) here in Estonia.  From America arrived the film director Trevor Stevens and the leading actor Heston Horwin to present Rock Steady Row at the international premiere in Europe. Both are young and unknown to the larger public, so another reason to talk about them here 🙂

 

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From left to right: Heston Horwin, Maria Reinup (artistic director at HÕFF) and Trevor Stevens on 27 April in Haapsalu Horror and Fantasy Film Festival, Estonia. Photo courtesy of: https://www.facebook.com/hoffestival/.

Josh from https://clydeumney.wordpress.com saw Rock Steady Row at the Chattanooga Film Festival. The Chattanooga town with an American Indian sounding name is located in the state of Tennessee, USA, not far from Atlanta, Georgia (I googled to be sure :). Please read Josh’s review to know more about the movie. It seems to be quite a film regardless the low budget.

Thank you for sharing your review, Josh! 🙂

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For the past several years, I’ve gone down to the Chattanooga Film Festival – it’s one of my favorite weekends for film every single year. (You can see my previous year write-ups since moving to this blog here.) A festival that’s in love with genre films, trash cinema, and embraces the weird and wild, CFF’s philosophy is that every film is worth watching in some way, and it’s an idea I can always get behind. This year, I managed to get back down there for all four days, which means there’s a lot to talk about. Let’s kick it off with the first day, which featured an entertaining low-budget effort and then hit me with the low point of the festival, if not my moviegoing year. 


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Ken Loach was at the Belfast Film Festival

    Belfast Film Festival (12-21 April; https://belfastfilmfestival.org/) hosted a very special guest - Ken Loach, film director from the UK - they say he's one of the best in the directing field. He received the Réalta Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema. The first film that comes to my mind is his "I, Daniel … Continue reading Ken Loach was at the Belfast Film Festival

San Francisco International Film Festival

 

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Charlize Theron at the Castro theater on 8th April 2018 at the San Francisco International Film Festival; Photo courtesy: dailymail.co.uk/WireImage

 

San Francisco International Film Festival ran from 4 – 17 April (sffilm.org). A Special Tribute was presented to a South African actress Charlize Theron who has shown time and time again her talent in playing many different characters. She was in San Francisco also for her newest movie premiere “Tully”.

To read more about San Francisco International Film Festival, please go to https://peopleherenow.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/san-francisco-international-film-festival/.

Thank you for sharing, ShihJou Hsu!

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San Francisco International Film Festival, also known as SFFILM, is a famous cultural event that unites filmmakers throughout the world. The festival champions the world’s best movies and filmmakers, whose works fall within the scope of its annual agenda. It usually takes place in April and is organized by a nonprofit organization. SFFIML unites over 100,000 film lovers and delivers media education programs to more than 10,000 students and teachers. It also supports career start of hundreds of independent filmmakers from the Bay Area by providing grants, residencies, and offering other film-related services. In the curse of the festival, one may definitely find a movie that would match his or her interests, as this year’s agenda is wide and comprehensive. This year the festival is scheduled for 4-17th April. It features the most creative films of filmmakers, who only start their career, or who shoot for specific audiences but share…

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Festival Roundup #1 – Hong Kong International Film Festival 2018

The 42nd Annual Hong Kong International Film Festival ran from March 19 to April 5. Howard Elias went there and tells us about what he saw. For more of his articles, please visit his website: https://howardforfilm.com.

Thank you for sharing your great movie reviews, Howard!

 

Howard For Film

The 42nd Annual Hong Kong International Film Festival is on now. This year’s event, which runs from March 19 to April 5, features over 230 films from 60 countries and regions, 63 of which are world, international or Asian premieres. There is also a master class with German director Warner Herzog along with the opportunity to watch more than 20 of his classics, and includes a sidebar of 10 restored classics, including Wim Wender’s WINGS OF DESIRE (1987), Jean-Luc Godard’s rarely seen THE RISE AND FALL OF A SMALL FILM COMPANY (1986), and Chinese director Shi Dongshan’s STRUGGLING (1932).

The annual industry trade show, Filmart, is on now too, so I’ve been busy watching some of the market screenings. Even so, I’ve still managed to fit in four festival films so far:

Into the Inferno


Warner Herzog’s latest film is a documentary that is less about volcanoes than it is…

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A quick look back at the 90th annual Academy Awards – Oscars 2018 – in pictures

The ceremony was held a few weeks back on the 4th of March in the Hollywood and Highland Center. There have been posts of all kinds to review the event and the winners. To avoid too many unnecessary repetitions and make it painless and quick, I will name only my favourite categories, excluding what I … Continue reading A quick look back at the 90th annual Academy Awards – Oscars 2018 – in pictures

Three Billboards is the big winner at a disappointingly safe BAFTAs

On the 18th of February was the big night for the BAFTA awards in London. Harry J. Ford from England gives his view of things. Thank you, Harry J. Ford for sharing with us! 🙂

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Last night (18th February), Hollywood and the British Film Industry’s finest gathered to celebrate the best films of the last year. That’s right, the 2018 BAFTAs have concluded, and honestly? It was a rather tame night. No huge upsets, no underdogs, no ground-breaking achievements. There were a couple of pleasant surprises in the smaller categories (the thrilling The Handmaiden defeating heavyweights Elle and The Salesman in the Best Foreign Language Film category, I Am Not a Witch triumphing over Lady Macbeth in the Outstanding British Debut award), but otherwise, this was about as predictable an awards show as we’ve seen in years.

To nobody’s surprise, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the night’s big winner. Despite the negative attention in the last few months, it’s still a brilliantly written and performed film that’s struck a nerve (both good and bad) with audiences and critics. That’s mostly down to Frances…

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Berlinale 2018

The famous Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale – ran from 15th until 25th February. Yesterday were distributed the Grand Prix awards. The Golden Bear went to Adina Pintilie’s film Touch Me Not and the Silver Bear for Best Director went to Wes Anderson (for Isle of Dogs). The rest of the prizes you can check here: https://www.berlinale.de/en/das_festival/preise_und_juries/preise_internationale_jury/index.html#bester_darsteller.

Film student Camilo Caballero went to Berlinale and shares his impressions in his blog (please see below). Thank you, Camilo Caballero!

Breaking the Fourth Wall

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I finally have the chance to continue with this blog, all my exams are done and dusted, and I had the chance to visit this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, or Berlinale for short. As one of the three biggest film festivals in the world, it was crazy full of people and on the first days it was a complete odyssey simply to find tickets. The festival goes on until the end of the week, but I had to return to my city and take care of some other stuff, so sadly I couldn’t extend my stay at the german capital. Still, I got to be there for four days and was able to see some very interesting, unconvential and fantastic movies. With this post I want to talk about the great movies I saw, as well as my overall impression of the festival, so I’ll be listing down (from…

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