Your Face feels to be a very logical continuation in Tsai`s approach to cinema. It refuses to fall neatly into any category, and despite it somehow tells stories, it stands far from the “solid” narrative that has never been the pivotal point for Tsai; the long and longer takes and silent treatments are as present as ever. With this statement comes a prophecy: if you like it, you like it, if you don`t, you`ll suffer.
Let`s look on the bright side of Iceman 2: The Time Traveler. To tune into the right mindset, just follow the advice of Master Yoda, and unlearn what you have learnt.
At the moment, when one might feel overdosed of all the variations and copies and iterations of (especially) Chinese romantic comedies, here comes “Didi’s Dream”, takes it all, shakes it, adds own sparkle and serves a story, well, two stories, that might not rank over the height of Taipei 101 but still keeps a good distance from marshmallowy brain-blocking romcoms.
Busan Intl. Film Festival 2018 premiered Sri Lankan short film “Waves Interrupted” (2018) by Dimon John, invites on a 13-minute journey into a night full of new experiences of familiar places with a challenged sense of hearing.
Still Human is a pleasure to watch film falling into the line of the socially aware cinema of Hong Kong that demonstrates not only the interest to remind of forgotten or invisible people of the region, but also the skill to do so without excessive drama and emotional blackmail.
Call Her Ganda by PJ Raval offers an insight into the murder of Filipina trans-woman Jennifer Laude.
Peaking into Chinese independent cinema with Meili by ZHOU Zhou. While being far from not good, I dare to say that when ZHOU Zhou and CHI Yun stop being afraid, some better films might happen.
To not to totally fall out of writing, and perhaps motivate me to write more, I let myself to be seduced by Asian Movie Pulse`s Panos Kotzathanasis. Our very first cooperation dates in June 2018 with Hong Sang-soo`s Grass.
The Competition of Fiction Features of the 24th Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinemas (Festival International des Cinémas d′Asie) screened in international premiere the directorial debut Mothers by Lee Dong-eun. Perhaps hidden from the plain sight, as it does not offer a first handed strong political message, the film has a lot to say. What more, it delivers the ideas without excessive drama.
A little teaser for what East and South-East Asian to expect at 11th Slovak Queer Film Festival, taking place in Bratislava through October 25-29, 2017.