They say that life imitates art and vice versa, last night I ended up thinking of the same in a strange manner. I took a nostalgic trip back in time, to a period when I was in my final year of college and discovering the joys of alcohol. It was the first time in my life that I had a lot of freedom. With my family having shifted to another city, I chose to avoid the college hostel, preferring instead to living with 5 other friends in a compact independent house. I was specifically reminded of a month where all of us ended up experimenting with alcohol consumption, just for fun of course, going on to learn and unlearn a few things in the process. If you are wondering, why am I ranting about an old story, don’t worry as that is not what this post is all about. But its hard not to watch Thomas Vinterberg’s latest film Another Round (Danish title-Druk) and not reflect upon one’s own tryst with booze.
China is a country which is known for stealing ideas and not respecting copyrights of anyone in the world and also known for deliberately hiding the spread of China Virus aka Covid 19 and putting the entire world to the risk for years to come. Like the typical Chinese mentality which is to knock off better products and make cheaper replacements, the Chinese Communist Government has been encouraging propaganda films. There is no harm in it, the Nazis and Russians did it too and it worked for them. Propaganda films can be interesting if it is engaging otherwise it just is another press release from the Government which no one bothers to read but mainstream media is forced to carry out due to the pressure from higher-ups. Continue reading “Vanguard (2020): Another Wolf Warrior Propaganda film”
So the Phase 2 of the IFFI schedule is out and we are back with our recommendations for the same. Again, our list is limited only to the films from contemporary world cinema. We have mentioned the code of each film so that it helps our readers in finding it in the schedule:Continue reading “20 Must Watch Films At IFFI 2019 (Phase 2)”
‘Trijya’ (Radius) debut feature of the talented Akshay Indikar has been selected for the prestigious ‘Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival’ (PÖFF). The 23rd edition of the festival will be held from November 15th to December 1st. Produced by Chitrakathi Nirmitee and Bombay Berlin Film Productions, ‘Trijya’ will be the first Marathi-language film to be a part of PÖFF. This will be the second feature of Bombay Berlin to screen at PÖFF, a notable A-list festival, positioned with the likes of Berlinale, Cannes and Venice Film Festival. The festival screens over 250 films from across the world, with more than 80000 cinephiles religiously attending this film festival.Continue reading “Akshay Indikar’s directorial debut feature, ‘Trijya’, will be screened at the 23rd Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival 2019 (PÖFF)”
Yes, it’s a month late, but i thought that the recommendations in here would come in handy for those who are attending upcoming film festivals like IFFI, IFFK and PIFF.
As usual, the MAMI organised Mumbai Film Festival this year, too, had a great line-up of films from across the globe. But their selection of Indian films (especially Marathi) left a lot to be desired. Apart from the films, any report cannot miss the fact that how well organised this year’s event was compared to previous years. There were no major technical issues with any screenings and even the much feared BookMyShow booking system worked smoothly.
I watched fewer films this year but that meant i didn’t waste time watching abjectly bad movies. Of course, the strategy also meant that i missed out on a few gems as well. So, these are the ones i would highly recommend:Continue reading “MAMI 2017 Report: Best films from 19th Mumbai Film Festival”
The days of Bollywood filmmakers blatantly ripping off Hollywood thrillers are slowly fading away. The internet age has meant that their theft can be immediately caught. Though we still have few films that are quite heavily ‘inspired’, most filmmakers have begun to buy official rights of movies to remake them. Spanish thriller Invisible Guest’s rights have been bought by John Abraham to be remade into Hindi. Now, I happened to watch this Netflix movie and realised that John made a smart move as it is fit for a Bollywood remake. No, I don’t mean it as a compliment.Continue reading “Invisible Guest (Contratiempo) Spanish Movie Review: Fit For Bollywood Remake”
Barbara is a 2017 French drama film directed by Mathieu Amalric. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival where it won The Poetry of Cinema Award. Featuring Jeanne Balibar in the lead, the film talks of a director’s attempt to make a biopic on singer Barbara.Continue reading “Barbara: Trailer”
Loveless (Russian: Nelyubov) is a 2017 Russian drama film directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. It competed for the Palme d’Or in the main competition section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival where it won the Jury Prize. Continue reading “Loveless: Trailer”
April’s Daughter (Spanish: Las hijas de abril) is a 2017 Mexican drama film directed by Michel Franco.It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Jury Prize in that section.Continue reading “April’s Daughter: Trailer”