Author Corina Rottger

I’m a German based passionate film lover with main interests in contemporary, arthouse and independent cinema. I love the cinematic experience on screen, unconventional storytelling and getting carried away by it. Besides film, I am also interested in general pop culture and addicted to way too many TV shows I never seem to be able to catch up on.

Film Festival Weirdos (dir. Bruce McDonald, 2016)

Kit (Dylan Authors) and his girlfriend Alice (Julia Sarah Stone) decide to leave their small hometown in Nova Scotia behind and travel to Sydney (in Nova Scotia, not Australia) to visit Dylan’s extroverted and unstable mother. Along the way, they discover themselves and their sexuality and especially Dylan has to come to terms with himself and his family. Weirdos is a tender and genuine coming-of-age dram…

Film Festival On the Beach at Night Alone (dir. Hong Sangsoo, 2017)

Thomas Arslan’s Competition entry Bright Nights earned a Silver Bear for Georg Friedrich’s performance of Michael, a divorced father who takes his estranged son Luis on a road trip to Norway after attending his own father’s funeral. The story opens with Michael (Georg Friedrich), a Berlin-based engineer, receiving a phone call about…

Film Festival Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves (dir.  Mathieu Denis, Simon Lavoie, 2016)

Directors Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie received a special mention at the Generation 14plus Awards for their ambitious and thought-provoking film Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves. Over the course of its 183 minutes running time, the film follows a group of four young students who are disappointed and dissatisfied by the outcome of the student protests of the “Maple…

Film Festival Félicité (dir. Alain Gomis, 2017)

Alain Gomis’ fourth feature Félicité is set in the Congolese city of Kinshasa and follows its eponymous heroine as she struggles to keep her life in balance after her son is injured in an accident. Félicité (Véro Tshanda Beya) is introduced as a strong-willed and independent woman who works as a singer to make ends meet, supporting herself and her 14-year old son Samo (Gaetan Claudia). With her husky and soulful voice, she is the…

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Paul Verhoeven’s controversial and provocative character-driven rape drama Elle that paradoxically also functions as a lighthearted but twisted black comedy premiered in Cannes to rave reviews. It is the director’s first feature in 10 years and was praised as one of his best films to date, marking some sort of a comeback for the Dutch filmmaker…

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Matt Ross’ second feature Captain Fantastic already premiered at Sundance earlier this year and secured itself a slot in the Un Certain Regard section in Cannes, where Matt Ross received the award for Best Director. It stars Viggo Mortensen as a counter-culture dad who raises his six children off the grid in the woodlands somewhere in the Pacific Northwest…

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David Mackenzie’s feature Hell or High Water played in the Un Certain Regard section of the Cannes Film Festival and is a wonderful mix of different genres such as the Western, a heist movie and a road movie with comedic elements. The dark and witty screenplay was written by Taylor Sheridan, who also wrote the critically acclaimed thriller Sicario (selected for…

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Xavier Dolan seems to be among Cannes’ favorite filmmakers. He debuted five out of six features in Cannes and shared the Jury Prize for his previous film Mommy in 2014 with Jean-Luc Godard’s film Goodbye to Language. In 2015 he was part of the Jury of the Official Competition and won the Grand Prix and the Ecumenical Jury Prize at this year’s festival for his…

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