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Katie Says Goodbye is a uniquely toxic experience, a relatively competent production featuring a stellar lead performance from rapidly rising star Olivia Cooke dedicated to perhaps the most noxious, ill-conceived thematic arc this side of literal cancer. Cooke stars as a naïve, wide-eyed waitress with a prostitution racket on the side. Neglecting …

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…

Film Festival I Don't Feel at Home in This World Anymore (dir. Macon Blair, 2017)

It’s clear why Amman Abbasi has a background in music; his score for Dayveon can only be described as a thing of beauty, swelling into focus underneath striking images — two youths biking down a trail as sunlight creeps through the canopy above them, for example. Grief festers in the home and leaves us vulnerable when anywhere else, as Abbasi tells us during…

Film Festival The Berlin Syndrome
(dir. Cate Shortland)

Jean-Paul Sartre once said “Hell is other people;” he was right. Hell, however, is also a seemingly random stranger, Andi (Max Riemelt), an English teacher at a German sports academy in Berlin, who kidnaps Clare (Teresa Palmer), an Australian photographer with an avowed interested in East German architecture after a one-night stand. Clare …

Film Festival Golden Exits (dir. Alex Ross Perry, 2017)

Golden Exits: In less than a decade and four films, writer-director Alex Ross Perry (Queen of Earth, Listen Up, Philip, The Color Wheel) has shown incredible growth as a filmmaker. Each new film, a miniaturist character study in its own right, digs deeper into character and personality. Perry’s seemingly intuitive understanding of human nature…

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