Tag Archive: Film festival

Review: Jalanan (Ziv, 2013) – CAAMFest 2015

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Jalanan is one of the finest examples of cinéma vérité I have seen at CAAMFest, which is why I named it one of the 4 Must-See Documentaries of the festival. The documentary, which… Continue reading

Review: Tough Love (Wang-Breal, 2014) – CAAMFest 2015

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Stephanie Wang-Breal‘s second feature-length documentary Tough Love screened at CAAMFest last month. Wang-Breal follows two stories of parents separated by Child Protective Services from their children and their long and frustrating quests to regain… Continue reading

Comparative Review: My Voice, My Life (Yang, 2014) – CAAMFest 2015

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My Voice, My Life is experienced documentarian Ruby Yang‘s ninth feature-length film and one of eight CAAMFest documentaries I watched this year. Yang is best known for her Oscar-winning short The Blood of Yingzhou District.… Continue reading

Review: My Fair Wedding (Jang, 2015) – CAAMFest 2015

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I had hoped that My Fair Wedding was going to be an exploration of the ways in which mainstream South Korean society views the issue of gay marriage. Instead, this film is a much… Continue reading

Review: Top Spin (Newens & Son, 2014) – CAAMFest 2015

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In the sub-genre of Sports Documentaries there is a sub-sub-genre of Sports Documentaries Featuring Young Athletes (e.g. The Short Game). Maybe the allure of this sub-(sub-)genre is that it provides all the entertainment of… Continue reading

Review: 0.5 mm (Ando, 2014) – CAAMFest 2015

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As I mentioned in my CAAMFest preview, 0.5 mm was my favorite film of the festival. Momoko Ando‘s second feature film stars her younger sister Sakura as Sawa, the plucky heroine of a strange odyssey into… Continue reading

Review: Partners in Crime (Chang, 2014) – CAAMFest 2015

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I have a soft spot for films from Taiwan that goes beyond simple nostalgia. Perhaps it is their familiar sensibility or world view; perhaps it is just a desire to recognize. It was… Continue reading

Review: Cicada (Yamada, 2014) – CAAMFest 2015

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Cicada is the first feature-length film of director Dean Yamada and is competing in CAAMFest‘s Comcast Narrative Competition this year. It is also one of two narrative features in competition that I chose… Continue reading

Review: Nuoc 2030 (Nguyen-Vo, 2014) – CAAMFest 2015

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Science fiction movies are still relatively rare at film festivals, so I jumped at the chance to watch this film, which is competing in CAAMFest 2015‘s Comcast Narrative Competition. Set in the year 2030… Continue reading

Review: As You Were (Liao, 2014) – CAAMFest 2015

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As You Were is one of 16 films highlighted this year in CAAMFest‘s CinemAsia category, which showcases pictures from the international Asian film scene. Opposite in tone from the first CAAMFest narrative I screened, this film is as… Continue reading