So this is the last opportunity for delegates to check out the fantastic movies that are being screened at the film festival. Here are our picks:
Zama (Screen 3, 2:00 pm)
A period drama which the variety calls ‘perplexing and intoxicating in equal measure‘. Surely one film not to be missed.
A Fantastic Woman (Screen 4, 4:30 pm)
It’s one of the most celebrated movies of the festival circuit this year and touted to get the first significant acting for a transgender performer to Daniella Vega.
Plot – A transgender singer faces scorn and discrimination after the sudden death of her older boyfriend.
Blade of the Immortal (Screen 4, 7:30 pm)
Based on a Japanese Manga, Takeshi Miike fans wouldn’t want to miss this one!
Plot – Set in Japan during the mid-Tokugawa Shogunate period and follows the cursed samurai Manji, who has to kill 1000 evil men in order to regain his mortality
The Square (Screen 3, 8:30 pm)
Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes this year, The Square is a poignant satirical drama reflecting our times – about the sense of community, moral courage and the affluent person’s need for egocentricity in an increasingly uncertain world.
Quest (Screen 1, 11:15 am)
It seems like one of those documentaries from recent times that are making the boundary between fiction and real rather thin.
Plot – Filmed over the course of eight years, filmmaker Jonathan Olshefski chronicles the daily struggles and successes of the Raineys, an African-American family living in Philadelphia.
Summer 1993 (Screen 1, 4:35 pm)
A bitter-sweet drama from the eyes of a toddler.
Plot – After her mother’s death, six-year-old Frida is sent to her uncle’s family to live with them in the countryside. But Frida finds it hard to forget her mother and adapt to her new life.
Awards – GWFF Best First Feature Award at Berlin Film Festival
I am not a witch (Screen 2, 5:35 pm)
Considered to be one of the most strikingly original debuts of this year, the film is about an 8 year-old girl in Zambia who’s convicted of being a witch and sent to a camp in the desert.
Pushkar Puran (Screen 2, 5:30 pm)
Directed by Kamal Swaroop who also made the absurdist cult classic Om-Dar-Ba-Dar…’nuff said!
Brigsy Bear (11:30 pm)
One of the most quirky films at the festival, this one should be a stress-reliever going by its story.
Plot – The show “Brigsby Bear Adventures” is a children’s television program produced for an audience of one: James Pope. When the series abruptly ends, Pope’s life changes forever as he sets out to finish the storyline himself. To do that, he must learn how to cope with the realities of a new world that he knows nothing about.
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Bad Lucky Goat (Screen 5, 11:45 am)
Touted as a simply, sweet comedy this debut feature should be a delightful watch. Check out the quirky plot –
After accidentally killing a bearded goat with their father’s pick-up truck, two bickering teenage siblings embark on a journey of reconciliation.
Thelma (Screen 6, 1:20 pm)
The plot is surely intriguing –
A college student starts to experience extreme seizures while studying at a university in Oslo, Norway. She soon learns that the violent episodes are a symptom of inexplicable, and often dangerous, supernatural abilities.
Last Flag Flying (Screen 5, 6:30 pm)
Richard Linklater is one of the most loved filmmaker of the indie circuit. This time he has a trio of talented actors – Steve Carell, Byran Cranston and Laurence Fishburne. His fans would hardly need any reason to watch this one.
Plot – Thirty years after serving together in the Vietnam War, Larry “Doc” Shepherd, Sal Nealon and the Rev. Richard Mueller reunite for a different type of mission: to bury Doc’s son, a young Marine killed in Iraq. Forgoing burial at Arlington National Cemetery, Doc and his old buddies take the casket on a bittersweet trip up the coast to New Hampshire. Along the way, the three men find themselves reminiscing and coming to terms with the shared memories of a war that continues to shape their lives.
24 Frames (Screen 8, 8:00 pm)
Recently deceased Master filmmaker Abbas Kiarostami’s last film is an experimental project made by him in the last three years of his life. It is a collection of 24 short four-and-a-half minutes films inspired by still images, including paintings and photographs. It’s something his fans wouldn’t want to miss!