Category Archive: Film Festival

Review: Beats of the Antonov (Kuka, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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Years after South Sudan gained its independence, Sudan is still embroiled in civil war. Residents of the country’s Blue Nile and Nuba Mountains regions suffer constant aerial bombardments from the government’s Soviet-era Antonov bombers,… Continue reading

Review: The Iron Ministry (Sniadecki, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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I’m no film theorist, historian, or even knowledgeable aficionado, but it seems as though a new type of storytelling is gaining ground in documentary film. Using the camera as roving eye, the filmmaker,… Continue reading

Review: Vincent (Salvador, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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It seems to me that superhero movies have been on an ascendant trajectory for the past decade and a half or so. Every summer blockbuster season brings at least one highly-anticipated flick, if… Continue reading

Comparative Review: Sand Dollars (Cárdenas & Guzmán, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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I mentioned in my review of Murder in Pacot that I would soon be comparing it to another film from this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival: Sand Dollars. Set in neighboring Dominican… Continue reading

Review: Murder in Pacot (Peck, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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Seasoned director and Port-au-Prince native Raoul Peck‘s Murder in Pacot takes place immediately following Haiti’s devastating 2010 earthquake. An affluent couple (played by Alex Descas and Joy Olasunmibo Ogunmakin), finding their spacious house… Continue reading

Review: Sworn Virgin (Bispuri, 2015) – SFIFF 2015

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Sworn Virgin, which won the Golden Gate New Directors Prize at this year’s San Francisco International Film Festival, is now my second Albanian film of the festival (and also of my life). This… Continue reading

Review: Hill of Freedom (Hong, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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I was seduced by the description of this film on the SFIFF website as well as by the idea of seeing work by a new-to-me South Korean director. I don’t remember if I’ve mentioned… Continue reading

Review: H. (Attieh & Garcia, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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As enigmatic as its title, H. eludes easy description. The best I can come up with is that it’s something like Coherence meets Upstream Color. Since both of those are obscure indie scifi… Continue reading

Review: Far From Men (Oelhoffen, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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Far From Men is French director and screenwriter David Oelhoffen‘s second feature film. This adaptation of Albert Camus’s story “L’Hôte” (“The Guest”) screened at the San Francisco International Film Festival this spring. It comes… Continue reading

Review: Black Coal, Thin Ice (Diao, 2014) – SFIFF 2015

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You know any film that begins with a severed arm traveling down a coal chute is going to be a memorable one. Few directors are bold enough to open with such a morbid image: Diao Yinan is… Continue reading

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