FNC 2017: Les Predatrices (France, 2016)

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What happens when Nosferatu and Dracula meet David Lynch (circa Blue Velvet, 1986) and Brian De Palma (circa Sisters, 1972)? One might guess, creepy but aesthetically pleasing decor and characters exhibiting bizarre fetishes. In former porn actress Ovidie’s Les Predatrices, sisters of a particular sort turn to murder in exchange for some life-prolonging elixirs. Creepy Dracula-dude is only a bit part, but he is an essential component to the sisters’ lifestyle and livelihood.

Meanwhile, the only thing the siblings seem to do in their shared existence is look for gullible men for at-home indulgences. They are modern-day vampires, temptresses, murderesses, but the viewer is never told why exactly. An air of mystery lingers about their past and about why murder is the price for their elixirs. Curiously, Ovidie has created a female-empowerment film where women are still at the beck and call of this Dracula-like figure. The codependence is a Continue reading

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FNC 2017 : MARLINA the murderer in Four Acts (Indonesia – 2017)

 

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James Brown wrote : This is a man’s world…
But it wouldn’t be nothing, without a woman …

In MARLINA the murderer in Four Acts, a vicious gang of men (with criminal intentions) come at Marlina’s door, but she manages to (literally) get rid of them for good. With still some faith left toward the local justice system, she sets course on finding the nearest police station carrying with her,  as evidence,  the severed head of the gang leader…

MARLINA the murderer in Four Acts was dubbed a feminist ‘Satay Western’, a clear reference to the Spaghetti Westerns of the 1960’s. And director Mouly Surya’s film is a ravishingly shot absurdist tale that effectively plays like a Western. Cinematographer Yunus Pasolang makes great use of the breathtaking landscapes of the Continue reading

Things to Come (L’Avenir – France, 2016)

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Is this the year Isabelle Huppert steps into Oscar country? She could join a select club of Academy award nominees by earning a nomination for a performance in a language other than English. Huppert is seen as serious a Best actress contender for her cold and troubled performance in Paul Verhoeven’s ELLE. As she appeared in several films that made the festivals circuit in 2016, it also helps to shape the idea of Huppert as a front runner for your consideration as the Academy Award lunacy is also about being seen.

In Mia Hansen-Løve’s Things to Come (L’Avenir), Berlin 2016 Silver Bear Winner for directing, Huppert plays a Continue reading

Sommets du cinéma d’animation

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Every year, in time for the first snow , the city of Montreal hosts the Sommets du cinéma d’animation. Celebrating its 15th anniversary, the event starts today (and is on until the 27th) at Cinémathèque Québécoise with the presentation of the animated feature Window horses by Ann Marie Fleming. The Sommets will showcase 150 shorts, from all around the world, mainly offering their usual alternative to Disney and Pixar.

With all the controversy about women filmmakers being marginalized locally and globally it is refreshing to see the work of women being highlighted (not only by the management choice for the opening) with red carpet treatment extended to Continue reading

CHEVALIER (Greece – 2015)

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At the Heart of a certain renaissance of Greek Cinema stands Athina Rachel Tsangari , producer  Yorgos Lathimos Oscar nominated film Dog tooth.

Chevalier is Tsangari’s third feature film as a director. The screenplay is written by Lathimos collaborator, Efthymis Filippou (The lobster).

Poster’s tagline : A buddy movie without the buddies.

Six men are on a fishing trip at sea on a luxury yacht. In a succession Continue reading