40th Cairo International Film Festival in pictures

Film festivals' opening ceremonies and galas and award ceremonies are well-known showcases for extravagant evening gowns. If you are a fashionista or love fashion, then feast your eyes on these pictures of southern sex appeal and lush extravaganza. 🙂 For more you can visit:  https://www.ciff.org.eg/ciff-40-album/ or https://www.harpersbazaararabia.com/people/news/fashion-celebrity-highlights-cairo-international-film-festival-2018?page=0&img=0.  

Stockholm Film Festival 2018

The 29th Stockholm International Film Festival ran from 7 to 18 of November. This year’s edition celebrated strong, talented women in the movie business. Canadian director and screenwriter Mary Harron was awarded the Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award. Swedish film actress and director Gunnel Lindblom was awarded the Stockholm Achievement Award.

Film director of an Iranian origin, Asghar Farhadi, is the winner of Stockholm Visionary award. For more info, please visit: https://www.stockholmfilmfestival.se/.

 

 

 

Martin Rundkvist from aardvarchaeology.wordpress.com went to the festival and tells us about the movies he visioned. Thank you, Martin, for writing this review and for sharing! 🙂 It’s a great overview and read. https://aardvarchaeology.wordpress.com/2018/11/13/stockholm-film-festival-2018/

Aardvarchaeology - by Dr. Martin Rundkvist

prospect Prospect

I discovered film festivals in 2014, but I didn’t go to one last year because I like my evenings at home and I was working full time at the National Archives then. This year I’ve been able to go to the Stockholm International Film Festival thanks to the telecommuting nature of my current job. But I do spend two days a week in Linköping, and the upcoming final weekend of the festival will coincide with a boardgaming retreat, so I only managed to see 7½ films this year.

My festival M.O. is to first decide when I can see some films, and then watch whatever is on at that time and seems reasonably interesting. Hardly ever do I watch more than two movies on one day, or it becomes a chore. This way I caught three really good ones:

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62nd BFI London Film Festival: Arctic Review

BFI London Film Festival took place quite a while ago, 10-21 October 2018, but I cannot resist and write a blog entry nonetheless. It is one of the biggest film festivals there is. It showcases a big variety of movies, film makers talk about their movies and a myriad of actors put in an appearance at the festival. There are many exciting events taking place from red carpet events to talks with the best of the professional film makers in the field. For instance the film director Alfonso Cuarón (he was behind the movie Gravity which won Oscars in 2014) talked about his latest movie Roma. 

The Best Film Award was presented to an Austrian director Sudabeh Mortezai for her movie Joy that tackles the sex trafficking in modern Europe. For other awards please see: https://www.bfi.org.uk/news-opinion/news-bfi/announcements/lff-62-awards-winners-announced.

 

Here below you can read a great review of Joe Penna‘s movie Arctic with the great Mads Mikkelsen in the main role. It was not in competition, but it is an outstanding survival film made in Iceland. Thank you, Maggie Gogler, for writing the review and sharing it with us! 🙂

https://viewofthearts.com/2018/10/04/62nd-bfi-london-film-festival-arctic-review/

 

 

 

 

VIEW OF THE ARTS

The bleak mid-winter in the frozen wilderness; a man clears the snow and stones away, the camera moves back, slowly revealing a huge SOS sign, dug into the snow. Without using any words and only with the sounds of nature, Joe Penna perfectly depicts the situation of the protagonist, Overgård (Mads Mikkelsen: Hannibal, Doctor Strange), in the first scene of his feature film debut Arctic. 

MADS MIKKELSEN

Overgård, whose plane crashed in a cold northern island, is stranded in a place no one would wish for. With the situation being what it is, he has to survive on what the Arctic has to ‘offer’. We do not know how long the man has been stuck on the island; probably months, by the looks of his beard. It is hard not to admire his soldier-like precision when it comes to the daily tasks. In the perpetual cold, without hot food or even…

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