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Filmfestivalen 2017


AWARDS Posted on 2017-02-12 14:25:33


Best supporting actor (c indicates comedic role or film, d indicates dramatic)

Sloboda Micalovic (c) – On the Milky Road (c/d)
Bill Nighy (c) – Their finest (d)
Greta Gerwig (c) – 20th century women (c)
Nick Offerman (c) – The Founder (c/d)
Hanna Alström (d) – Sameblod (d)
Best leading actor
Natalie Portman (d) – Jackie (d)
Garance Marillier (d) – Raw (d)
Anette Bening (c) – 20th century women (c)
Ben Mendelsohn (d) – Una (d)
Florence Pugh (d) – Lady Macbeth (d)
Best ensemble
20th Century women
On the Milky road
Their Finest
The Founder
Best director
Emir Kusturica – On the Milky Road
Lone Scherfig – Their finest
Mike Mills – 20th century women
William Oldroyd – Lady Macbeth
Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne – La fille inconnue
Best film
On the Milky Road
Their Finest
Lady Macbeth
The Founder
The winners will be presented further down
OK, so who won? Well:
Best director: Mike Mills 20th century women
Best lead: Florence Pugh Lady Macbeth
Best supporting: Sloboda Micalovic Under the Milky Road
Best ensemble: 20th century women
Best film: Their Finest

And that’s all folks.

Film. Filmfilmfilm.

…this year’s

AWARDS Posted on 2017-02-12 14:21:51

As per tradition, or an old charter, or something, I thought it’s worth mentioning this year’s….

….animated: La tortue rouge
….cinema: Draken (thanks to the staff, the screen, the theatre, the sound system, the chairs….)
….low-point: Anisoara
….shortage: Documentaries
….short subject Studio 5, by Axel Danielson, Maximilien Van Aertryck
….best seat: In the middle of the row by the fourth lamp, Draken
….should be caught at the cinema: Loving
….cinematography: Ping Bin Lee, Éternité
….future promise: Lene Cecilia Sparrok
….reading: The Programme and Before they are hanged by Joe Abercrombie
….most uneven: King of the Belgians
….set/production design: Lady Macbeth
….theme: Blood
….aging: Audrey Tautou, in both L’Oddysse and Éternité
….vignette film: Animated/silhouette bird that gets shot by two archer rabbits. Pretty pointless.
….weather: Cold and dry, then cold and damp.
….screenplay: Gaby Chiappe – Their finest
….villain: Timothy Spall
….music: 20th Century women
….Bechdel spread: 24% pass
….most frequent actor: Audrey Tautou, Billy Crudup, Richard E Grant and Greta Gerwig all appeared in at least two films each, but Tautou had a greater part in hers
….transport: Walking boots
….Lost item: My mini e-book reader, destroyed by a leaky water bottle
….Lost, and retrieved, item: My big e-book reader, cleverly hidden in a regular book, lost and found at Capitol
….Skarsgård: No Skarsgård to be found. Not in the films, not at the galas, not in the audience.

El ciudadano ilustre (The Distinguished Citizen) – Ruralarrogancy by Gastón Duprat & Mariano Cohn, ARG 2016

DEN GUDOMLIGA KOMEDIN Posted on 2017-02-12 14:05:11

A series of mildly annoying events befalls (ficticious) Nobel laureate author Daniel as he returns to his home town in Argentina after 40 years in Europe. Wonky citizens, old resentments and unresolved sexual tension ensues, and it’s sometimes funny, sometimes boring and sometimes a bit dramatic. It’s also very predictable. Anybody who has ever seen a film (or read a book, or met someone who has) could see the ‘twist’ an hour before it happened. Pretty pointless.

Failed the Bechdel test

3 limes of 6

La fille inconnue (The unknown girl) – Identifyissue by Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne, BEL 2016

HONORARY DRAGON AWARD: JEAN-PI Posted on 2017-02-12 14:04:01

A rather simple story, straightforwardly told. Some clever use of tropes (such as the recurring theme of the door buzzer indicating some plot driving event is about to occur) and completely genuine characters are parts of what makes La fille inconnue a well made film. Not earth shattering, but well made.

Passed the Bechdel test

4 buzzes of 6

Anisoara – Ruraltediousness by Ana Felicia Scutelnicu, MOL 2016

NYA RÖSTER Posted on 2017-02-12 14:02:57

Wonderful scenery, enough to make me consider going to Moldova this summer.

…. And that pretty much sums it up. The rest of the film is just plain boring. Nothing happens, no one talks, no one does anything remotely interesting. It’s just dull. And tedious. And redundant. And boring. And dull.

Failed the Bechdel test

2 melons of 6

The Founder – Ruthlessening by John Lee Hancock, USA 2016

GALA Posted on 2017-02-12 14:02:21

Winning in business takes determination and perseverance, and pretty much nothing else, according to the self-help records Ray Kroc listens to. And he takes that piece of advice to heart. Starting out as a struggling travelling salesperson, he slowly becomes more determined as he expands and eventually doesn’t really care who gets sidestepped in the process. Michael Keaton gives life to the character, and Nick Offerman makes an excellent portrayal of one of the actual founders.

Failed the Bechdel test

4 pickles of 6

Hounds of love – Panicgraphic by Ben Young, AUS 2016

NYA RÖSTER Posted on 2017-02-12 14:01:08

A teenager gets kidnapped by a couple in their 30s. The desperation is almost tangible, as is the increased doubt in one of the culprits. Young doesn’t shy away from being graphic, without for that matter being gory. There is a deus ex machinaish ending and a Silence of the lambs moment that the movie could have done without, and I would have appreciated it much more had the victim had more time to actually be the one to sow discord between her kidnappers.

Passed the Bechdel test

3 mom jeans of 6

Liberami – Demonmentary by Federica Di Giacomo, ITA 2016

FOKUS: GUDAR OCH MÄNNISKOR Posted on 2017-02-12 14:00:03

In the catholic world, people still believe that they can be possessed by demons. And the clergy legitimises that delusion by offering exorcisms. Di Giacomo explores the current mass hysteria in Sicilia through a fly-on-the-wall style documentary. That is perhaps the least biased method of documentary film making, as the viewer gets the info straight from the horse’s mouth, so to speak. Of course, if the fly only ever sits on the walls of those suffering from the religiously induced psychosis and of the men in power, needing the charade to go on in order to maintain their power, the balance is off. But since demon possession is so demonstrably stupid to anyone not indoctrinated and the priests are such obvious arseholes for perpetuating the myth, the film doesn’t really need an opposing viewpoint in order to win the non-existing debate. The game is over before it even starts, and one soon loses interest. Padre Cataldo is one arrogant piece of feces, though.

Failed the Bechdel test

3 water damaged paintings of 6

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