Last updated 16 July with link to festival report for 'Vérité'.
Festival Report for Vérité
> Postcard from Edinburgh (July 2013, pp.46-50)
- A.C.A.B. All Cats Are Brilliant -
- Call Girl -
- The Colour of the Chameleon -
- Dark Matter -
- The Deep -
- Everybody's Gone -
- Fair Wind - Notes of a Traveller -
- For Those in Peril -
- From Tehran to London -
- Historic Centre -
- Joy -
- The Last Time I Saw Macao -
- Longing For the Rain -
- Lunarcy! -
- My Dog Killer -
- Paris Countdown -
- Penumbra -
- People's Park -
- Roland Hassel -
- Sanctuary -
- Sofia's Last Ambulance -
- The Swimming Pool -
- Taboor -
- Three Sisters -
- The Turtle's Rage -
- When Night Falls -
- White Epilepsy -
- Yumen -
Seen and reviewed prior to Edinburgh:
- 36 -
- Avanti Popolo -
- Jiseul -
(Documentaries marked #)
_1. Leviathan # 8/10
Castaing-Taylor/Paravel, 2012 Fra/UK/USA
_2. Remorques aka Stormy Waters 8/10
Grémillon, 1941 Fra
_3. L'étrange Monsieur Victor 8/10
Grémillon, 1938 Fra
_4. Before You Know It # 8/10
Raval, 2013 USA
_5. We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks # 8/10
Gibney, 2013 USA
_6. When Night Falls 7/10
Ying, 2012 SKor/Chi
_7. Longing for the Rain 7/10
Yang, 2013 HK
_8. Oh Boy 7/10
Gerster, 2012 Ger
_9. Lumière d’été 7/10
Grémillon, 1943 UK
10. The Great Hip Hop Hoax # 7/10
Finlay, 2013 UK
7/10 A.C.A.B. All Cats Are Brilliant (Voulgaris, 2012 Gre); Call Girl (Marcimain, 2012 Swe/Nor/Fin/Ire); Joy (Giannakakis, 2012 Gre); Roland Hassel (Månsson, 2012 Swe). 6/10 The Color of the Chameleon (Christov, 2012 Bul); Dark Matter # (D'Anolfi/Parenti, 2013 Ita); The Deep (Kormákur, 2012 Ice); The Last Time I Saw Macao (Rodrigues/Guerra da Mata, 2012 Fra/Por); Lunarcy! # (Ennis, 2012 Can); Natan # (Duane/Cairns, 2013 Ire/UK/USA/Fra); People's Park # (Sniadecki/Cohn, 2012 USA/Chi); Sofia's Last Ambulance # (Metev, 2012 Croa/Bul/Ger); Taboor (Vakilifar, 2012 Irn); Three Sisters # (Wang, 2012 Fra/Chi); The Turtle's Rage # (El-Qalqili, 2012 Ger); Yumen # (Sniadecki/Xiang/Ruotao, 2013 USA/Chi). 5/10 Everybody's Gone (Parajanov, 2012 Rus/Geo/Cze); Fair Wind - Notes of a Traveller # (Weigel, 2013 Aut); Historic Centre (Kaurismäki etc., 2012 Por); Il Futuro (Scherson, 2013 Ita/Chl/Ger/Spa); A Long Way From Home (Gilbert, 2013 UK/Fra); My Dog Killer (Fornay, 2013 Svk/Cze); Paris Countdown (Marie, 2013 Fra); Penumbra (Villanueva, 2013 Mex); Upstream Color (Carruth, 2013 USA); White Epilepsy (Grandrieux, 2012 Fra). 4/10 From Tehran to London (Akbari, 2012 Irn); Sanctuary (Edfeldt, 2013 Swe). 3/10 The Bling Ring (Coppola, 2013 USA); Magic Magic (Silva, 2013 Chl/USA); The Sea (Brown, 2013 Ire/UK). 2/10 For Those in Peril (Wright, 2013 UK); Noche (Brzezicki, 2013 Arg); The Swimming Pool (Quintela, 2011 Cub/Ven); We Are the Freaks (Edgar, 2013 UK).
Tweets on selected films
Jun 25: WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS clarifies a political clusterfuck with sharp overview; suggests Assange is an ass.
Jun 25: L'ÉTRANGE MONSIEUR VICTOR sweeps and stuns with ambition and control. Raimu possibly gives the performance of the '30s.
Jun 25: IL FUTURO is never quite the film you expect it to turn into. Smart turns from Martelli and Hauer. Subtly and tonally layered.
Jun 25: NOCHE is the latest in a bankrupt trend of purgatorial misery porn. 'It doesn't matter what you create, if you have no fun.'
Jun 25: LEVIATHAN eludes, smothers; demystifies the seafood industry with brutal account of material toil.
Jun 21: THE SEA references Gainsborough; demonstrates a mannerist, artistically bankrupt approach to history.
Jun 21: MAGIC MAGIC can't decide whether it's about bullying or paranoia, but wrongfoots us either way. 'It's called craving attention.'
Jun 20: Just as SOMEWHERE was a boring film about boring people, THE BLING RING is an unimaginative film about unimaginative people.
Jun 20: gestural UPSTREAM jumbled paper associative #edfilmfest pig thriller COLOUR
Jun 20: THE GREAT HIP HOP HOAX is an amusing and bizarre document of an unlikely two-piece détournment [sic] of an image-based industry.
Jun 20: WE ARE THE FREAKS offers utterly charmless non-sequiturs and lazily unpleasant wit. As taxing as a snapped banjo string.
Jun 19: BEFORE YOU KNOW IT is emotive, tender, lovely; full of simple joys in celebrating/arguing for social and legal acceptance.
Jun 19: FAIR WIND - NOTES OF A TRAVELLER has an all-surface postcard chic. Like a Facebooker's Instagrammed account of a gap year.
Jun 19: WHITE EPILEPSY assuages a Wednesday morning spine, arse, torso, cock 'n tits fetish (in that order). Slowest screen murder ever?
Jun 18: A LONG WAY FROM HOME makes a virtue of interpretably excruciating intervals between reaction shots. Excellent sound design.
Jun 18: SOFIA'S LAST AMBULANCE offers a ground-level perspective so unflinchingly that it becomes abstract. Strangely effective.