vineri, 30 ianuarie 2009

Boogie/I Am from Titov Veles

Boogie

Romania 2008
Director
Radu Muntean
Producer
Dragos Vilcu
Scenario
Alexandru Baciu, Razvan Radulescu, Radu Muntean
Cast
Dragos Bucur

Anamaria Marinca

Mimi Branescu

Adrian Vancica
Photography
Tudor Lucaciu
Editor
Alexandru Radu
Length
98'

A 'generation film' about 30-somethings in Romania who deal with totally different issues than those of their parents. The businessman Bogdan (alias Boogie) is on a holiday with his family at the Black Sea and bumps into two old friends with whom he hopes to re-live the good old days.Radu Muntean became internationally known thanks to the success of his second feature film The Paper Will Be Blue (2006), a reflection upon the night of the Romanian revolution in December 1989. Boogie presents a picture of his own generation of 30-year-olds in present-day Romania.Hard-working businessman Bogdan (Dragos Bucur) spends 1 May in Constanta on the Black Sea coast with his young family. His wife Smarande (Anamaria Marinca, known for her role in 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days by Cristian Mungiu) nags at him because he doesn't take his task as father seriously enough. Bogdan (alias Boogie) bumps into Sorin and Iordache, two old friends of his here on the coast. After a quarrel with Smarande, Boogie goes to his friends and the three men hit the town and chase the girls just like they used to...Radu Muntean wrote the script together with Razvan Radulescu, a writer known for several outstanding Romanian New Wave films, and Alex Baciu. The excellent, raw cinematography reflecting a variety of moods was done by Tudor Lucaciu. A strong 'generation film' that shows how totally different are the issues that today's young people deal with compared to those of their parents. (LC)


I Am from Titov Veles

Macedonia, Denmark 2007
Director
Teona Mitevska
Producer
Labina Mitevska

Setareh Farsi

Behrooz Hashemian

Diana Elbaum

Sébastien Delloye

Danijel Hocevar

Olivier Rausin
Scenario
Teona Strugar Mitevska
Cast
Labina Mitevska

Nikolina Kujaca

Ana Kostovska
Photography
Virginie Saint Martin
Editor
Jacques Witta
Art design
Vuk Mitevski, Olivier Meidinger
Length
102'

The village Titov Veles, named after the dictator Tito, is the location of a polluting steel factory, but the villagers may well have been more damaged by the past. Three sisters know that change is disastrous, but living together is unbearable. Delightful and worrying pictures from the Balkans.Teona Mitevska is a familiar face in Rotterdam. In 2004 her intriguing feature début How I Killed a Saint took part in the Tiger Award Competition. Like that film, I Am from Titov Veles is a family production by the Mitevska sisters and brother, who largely represent the talented new generation of Macedonian film makers. Sister Labina produced the film and plays the role of the younger sister Afrodita while brother Vuk was the production designer responsible for the beautiful mood and colourful set design.Mitevska’s magic-realistic narrative follows three sisters in the village of Titov Veles (named after the dictator Tito and now only known as ‘Veles’) in Macedonia. The adult sisters live in a ramshackle cottage on a green hill. The city and its inhabitants have been damaged by the past and by the heavily polluting steel factory that blows deadly lead particles straight into the houses.Mitevska’s camera follows the sisters at a beautifully slow tempo as they wrestle with their lives, with their futures and with each other. With all their mutual differences, the sisters represent turbulent Macedonian society pulling itself together after years of disunity. People flee desperately into chemically or naturally induced hallucinations and into love for one night. This atmospheric Mitevska production was supported by the Hubert Bals Fund. (LC)

http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en.aspx

miercuri, 28 ianuarie 2009

Je veux voir

Je veux voir


Director
Joana Hadjithomas

Khalil Joreige
Producer
Edouard Mauriat

Georges Schoucair

Tony Arnoux
Scenario
Joana Hadjithomas, Khalil Joreige
Cast
Catherine Deneuve

Rabih Mroué
Photography
Julien Hirsch
Editor
Enrica Gattolini
Length
76'

Roadmovie in which the directors, who also made a photo book about Beirut, allow their regular actor Rabih Mroué accompanied by Catharine Deneuve to take a car trip around destroyed parts of the Lebanon. Painful portrait of a country that, despite all the destruction, has maintained its beauty and hope.Can you put a famous actress who is in Lebanon for a gala into a car and drive around southern Lebanon through the destruction of a civil war? In the first scenes of I Want to See, the crew has its doubts about this undertaking, but Catherine Deneuve, who plays herself, simply says: 'Je veux voir.' After which the well-known Lebanese actor Rabih Mroue ('My name means "Spring"') drives her past ruins, shot-up villages and endless plains of rubble. In the meantime, he confesses to her that he knows whole passages of her dialogues by heart. Slowly, a bond emerges between the two.Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige previously made A Perfect Day (2005). I Want to See is, just like Our Beloved Month of August, a film within a film. It looks as if Deneuve has agreed to take part in the film and the makers basically don't yet know what they're going to do. In the meantime, the directors play a subtle game with the viewer. An official bans them from filming beside a destroyed building, the crew jumps into view when Mroue drives the car into a suspected minefield, we sometimes see the world from the car and sometimes we look into the car. The change in perspective increases the distance between the characters and reality and leaves the viewer with the question: Is there room for art in such a devastated world?

http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en.aspx

Dogging: A Love Story/Better Things

Dogging: A Love Story

United Kingdom 2009
Director
Simon Ellis
Producer
Allan Niblo

James Richardson
Scenario
Brock Norman Brock, Michael J. Groom
Cast
Luke Treadway

Kate Heppell

Michael Socha

Richard Riddell

Sammy Dobson
Photography
Rob Hardy
Editor
Simon Ellis
Art design
Sami Kahn
Length
103'

Self-assured feature début set in north-eastern England following several characters looking for love, intimacy and sex in public places. In a fresh, lively style, not without humour, the film sketches a picture of the morals of young English people.In the north-east of England an ensemble of characters united by amorous misadventure search for love in all the wrong places. Dan is a university graduate who, having so far failed to secure work as a journalist, sleeps on the sofa of his cousin’s plush city centre flat. He investigates the phenomenon of dogging (sex in cars) via the Internet. While browsing the chat rooms he makes the acquaintance of ‘HORNY GEORDIE LASS’ and finds himself pretending to be the dogging expert that he clearly is not.His career-minded girlfriend Tanya is tired of his lack of ambition. Dan's cousin Rob is an overconfident estate agent who boasts of dogging experience and, like Tanya, takes great pleasure in ridiculing the Internet approach to journalism. Convinced that Dan needs to ditch Tanya and start living, he wastes no time in suggesting he experience the dogging scene for himself. Rob’s current partner Sarah also enjoys carefree, al fresco sex. Living nearby with her over-protective father, Laura lives an exciting life via Internet chat rooms as ‘HORNY GEORDIE LASS’. She is meanwhile pursued by Jim. Charismatically persistent, he thinks nothing of haplessly approaching girls for a phone number and maybe a kiss or a cuddle.Dogging: A Love Story is a quietly comic take on sex, danger, jealousy and 21st century romance in the great dark outdoors. (EH)


Better Things

United Kingdom, Germany 2008
Director
Duane Hopkins
Producer
Samm Haillay

Rachel Robey

Helge Albers
Scenario
Duane Hopkins
Cast
Rachel McIntyre

Emma Cooper

Liam McIlfatrick

Betty Bunch

Frank Bench
Photography
Lol Crawley
Editor
Chris Barwell
Art design
Jamie Leonard
Length
93'


One of the best films from the UK last year. Duane Hopkins made a detailed, beautifully photographed study of the lives of several characters in which stalking, deceit and drug use finally mean something else: love, or the lack of it. Widely praised feature début.After two prize-winning short films, Duane Hopkins made his début as a feature director with Better Things (previously a CineMart project in Rotterdam), with which he pursued a long British tradition of cinematographic social realism. At the same time, he gives his very own take on it.Hopkins shows three relationships of inconspicuous lovers who are all in a crisis. There's a schoolgirl who is pestered by her jealous ex-boyfriend. There's the older married couple who are still tormented by an event from the past they cannot discuss, living in a permanent state of cold war with each other. And there are the two young lovers who are in danger of succumbing to their inability to resist the seduction of hard drugs.Hopkins avoids melodramatic or politically charged class consciousness. He does not tell a story from A to Z, but zooms in on the moments that are decisive in life. With determined precision, he seeks in each of his characters the emotional price that is paid for deeds of which they have not estimated the impact in advance. The observations do not seek a classical climax, but form more of an unprejudiced 'close study' of mutual dependence and the lack of an individual course. And is it far-fetched to compare the heroin intoxication of some of the protagonists with the languid, subtle, warmly photographed style of the film? (EH)

sursa (aceeasi) : http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en.aspx

repet, in zilele urmatoare parerile mele.

marți, 27 ianuarie 2009

Service/Rain of the Children

Service

Director
Brillante Mendoza
Producer
Ferdinand Lapuz

Didier Costet
Scenario
Armando Lao, Boots Agbayani Pasto
Cast
Gina Pareño Dan Alvaro

Mercedes Cabral

Julio Diaz

Bobby Jerome Go

Roxanne Jordan

Jacklyn Jose

Kristoffer King

Coco Martin
Photography
Odyssey Flores
Editor
Claire Villa-Real
Art design
Harley Alcasid, Deans Habal
Length
94'

An incomplete, or you could say over complete, family runs a shabby family cinema in Manila. Business is far from booming so they facilitate extra services of a sexual nature. The film is frank and virtuoso. Filled with lust, life and the inevitable bustle of the city. Mendoza made the competition at Cannes with it.The old cinema in the centre of Manila is called Family. It becomes clear soon after the beginning of this film just how ironic that is. Maybe the cinema was once a beautiful entertainment centre for the whole family, but that must have been a long time ago. Now the building is in decay in every respect and most visitors don't come primarily for the films. Even if they venture into the auditorium, they don't look at the screen. The auditorium is the domain of male prostitutes and they openly serbis (service) their customers there.The real story of the film is, however, set in the lobbies and offices - offices that have really been turned into living rooms. It's the story of the Pineda family, which really is a family, that bravely tries to keep things going. It focuses on the divorced mother Nayda, a beautiful role by Jaclyn Jose. It's a characteristic of new Filipino cinema that major roles are being written for the great actresses of the former generation. Together with her sons, daughter, nephews and other relatives, Nayda runs the cinema. The film follows the secret and less secret activities of the relatives in a lively and authentic way, while in the background the big city is permanently audible.Alongside Jaclyn Jose is another major player and that is the building itself, of which the director exploited all possible nooks and crannies. (GjZ)

Rain of the Children

New Zealand 2008
Director
Vincent Ward
Producer
Vincent Ward

Marg Slater

Tainui Stephens
Scenario
Vincent Ward
Cast
Miriama Rangi

Rena Owen

Temuera Morrison

Taungaroa Emile
Photography
Leon Narbey, Adam Clark
Editor
Chris Plummer
Art design
Shayne Radford
Length
101'

Both ode and farewell to the Maori woman Puhi, who was also filmed by the director 30 years previously, when he was still very young. The result is an attractively designed documentary with personal reflections but also fictional elements with which he unravels the mystery.At the age of 21, the naive Vincent Ward met Maori Puhi (almost 80) who led a secluded life with her schizophrenic son Nikki in the outback of New Zealand. He stayed with them for nearly 2 years and used it as the subject for his award-winning observational documentary In Spring One Plants Alone. Thirty years later, he returns to get answers to all the questions still open about the woman who allowed him into her life, but remained silent about her painful past. Ward's expedition quickly grows into a penetrating film version of the greater story of a Maori tribe that surrendered itself to the Tuhu prophet Rua Kenana, who compared their fate with that of the Jews. A turbulent and often violent story was to follow. Rua chose Puhi as the wife for one of his sons and at the age of 14 she had the first of her 14 children. Apart from the youngest, they all died or were taken away from her.Ward combines archive material from his first film with eyewitness accounts from relatives and tribal members still alive and detailed fictional scenes in which several dramatic moments from Puhi’s life are performed by professional actors. With Rain of Children, he is making up Puhi’s last will and testament. He comes to understand why Puhi and her tribe thought that a curse rested on her and he is finally able to let her go. (EH)

Sursa : http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com/en.aspx

(o sa povestesc dupa festival ce-am vazut,placut,simtit)

duminică, 25 ianuarie 2009

Iubesc Rotterdamul! cel putin saptamina asta

M-am intors din casa lui Big Brother in care orice misca, se telefoneaza si se smseaza e ascultat,inregistrat si pastrat. M-am intors, asta voiam sa spun.
De ce iubesc ... Rotterdamul (si nu femeile)?
Pentru ca azi mi-am petrecut ziua la Boeken Festijn in Ahoy, un tirg de carti, de la care am plecat cu doua sacose pline ochi.
Si pentru ca de miine pina duminica sint la Festivalul International de Film din acelasi Rotterdam.
Pai mai pot sa-mi doresc ceva?

joi, 8 ianuarie 2009

kortaf

Strasnic te mai invirte mintea.Te joaca cum vrea ea, te invirteste, te suceste, te baga la centrifugat si apoi ... descurca-te.

Sint cam trista zilele astea.

Mi-am facut 70% din bagaj, tot prea mare dupa doua trieri, reorganizari, renuntari, cintariri. mai vad miine, sint doar niste haine pina la urma. Cadourile nici nu se discuta. Primesc doua-trei telefoane pe zi de la ai mei. Sa-mi zica diverse si termina cu un "abia astept". Sint atit de tonici!

Pina azi nu ajunsesem prin magazine,eh, nu singura, nu la haine. Reduceri, deci nici macar nu m-a costat o avere tot ce-am luat.

Am stat 5 minute sa-mi dau seama cum se aprinde farul de la bicicleta. A fost prima oara cind am mers pe intuneric. A se repeta!

Vineri, dupa aterizare, mi s-a promis ca ne vom opri direct la Diverta. Minunat.

Dupa doua saptamini de vacanta vreau sa incep voluntariatul si celelate si sa vorbesc cursiv olandeza, nu sa-mi traduc mai intii. Stiu, cere timp.

marți, 6 ianuarie 2009

?

Cred ca in momentul in care ti-ai amintit tot ce-ai facut in viata ai cam terminat socotelile pe lumea asta. Asta sa fie ca un semnal sau o avertizare?
Daaar, daca filmul se deruleaza pe repede inainte si nici nu mai ai timp sa te gindesti ca s-a terminat, doar vezi ca nu mai vezi?
Hmmm...

duminică, 4 ianuarie 2009

Nu mi-e frica de bau-bau :)

Ce-as face daca nu mi-ar fi frica...

Mai intii lista mea cu "frici":

-telefonul - pentru ca in ultimii ani a sunat de citeva ori "neinvitat" si evident mi-a adus cele mai proaste vesti cu putinta. Cind suna stiind ca n-am ce apel sa primesc imi provoaca o neliniste totala, iar inima o ia razna. La reteta data mai adaug si ceva sechele de cind lucram intr-o anumita...hmmm...sa-i zic institutie si trebuia sa raspund prezent si la ora 3 dimineata daca era nevoie. E inutil sa spun ca orice sonerie de la nokia 3110 (parca) ma scoate din minti.
-am avut si-un pui de frica de inaltime, drept pentru care m-am avintat si cu elicopterul sa vaz ca poci si sint doar pitici pe creier si am incercat bungee jumping din acelasi motiv, la care se adauga toate trenuletele fricii, groazei si cum se mai numesc din parcurile de distractii. Deci n-am murit!
-apa. Ei da, aici e aici ca de fapt imi place dar ma sperie. Cumva teama vine din copilarie cind m-au bagat sub apa si am inghitit atita cit sa ies lesinata. De-atunci nu-mi mai trebuie, decit balaceala de-asta la suprafata. Cred ca aveam vreo patru ani. Totusi, cu pregatirea-mi psihica necesara m-am incumetat sa fac rafting (si chiar sa-mi placa, desi prima data am stat ca lemnul de frica) si sa sar intr-un lac de peste 6 m adincime. Trebuia sa incerc si sint foarte mindra de "reusita" :)
Pentru ca niciodata nu mi-am rupt/spart miini, picioare, cap, nici nu ma gindesc sa skiez si niciodata nu voi conduce sau macar sa fiu plimbata pe motocicleta. Mi se pare cel mai nesigur mijloc de transport. Nu ma deranjeaza viteza (God bless Autobahn!) dar descoperita chiar asa in trafic mi se pare prea mult pentru ca inimioara mea sa suporte. Cu toate astea bicicleta mi se pare sigura - aici, nu si in Romania. Cel mai mult sufera iubitul meu care are carnet si asteapta da-ul meu ca sa-si cumpere. Stie ca nu se va intimpla niciodata, dar tot mai spera.
Am cam lungit pelteaua, scurt si la obiect : NU ski si NU motocicleta si daca se poate fara telefoane.

Multumesc Andreei pentru leapsa, cedez legatura Gloriei J, Leah Lusch si celorlalti oaspeti din stinga desktopului.

joi, 1 ianuarie 2009

Noul An

Mi-ar fi placut ca un nou an sa inceapa in prima zi de primavara, nu in mijlocul iernii.