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.
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.
Paris has many charms, some obvious, others more hidden from the plain eyesight. But a keen eye is a happy eye, as it might not miss the event that causes queues in Forum des imges, the 2nd and 3rd week of September. This year, it is 23rd time for L'Étrange Festival to open its gate. In a way, its (hi)story is a story of love, passion and a bit of stubbornness, as it happens with most film festivals.
At the 22nd L'Étrange festival in Paris (7-18 September, 2016), I got the chance to interview Adam Tsuei, who came to the festival not as the producer of You Are the Apple of My Eye, Café. Waiting. Love. or Tiny Times and Tiny Times 2.0, but as first-time director of The Tenants Downstairs.
Bastian Meiresonne came to ART FILM FEST 2015 to introduce his documentary Garuda Power - The Spirit Within and to answer some questions.