A quiet and meditative documentary from Korea, PLANET OF SNAIL by director Seungiun Yi, is wowing audiences at Silverdocs. The film achieves a kind of ethereal poetry of conscious awareness as it depicts the special relationship between the blind/deaf poet Seungiun Yi and his devoted wife who serves as his guide in the sighted world. Through visually striking imagery and intimate detail, we see what it takes to forge a life of creative productivity without the ability to see or hear. The poet insists that his limitations in one area only heightens his awareness in others, and this contemplative perspectives offers audiences not only a personalized view of what some may dub a “disability” but also an alarmingly intimate sensation of the powers of the mind and the longing of the spirit.
SPOTLIGHT of the G.I. FILM FESTIVAL’S PITCHFEST winner Major Ret. FRANCES A. CHEEVER ……..One Millennial. One Baby Boomer. Two totally different perspectives. Perspectives that cross not only generations – but styles, tastes, passions, interests, and impressions. The duo offers you … Continue reading
This idyllic yet emotionally powerful international co-production between Sweden, Denmark, and Norway, follows the drama of a Lappish woman who gladly left her nomadic family behind, neglecting her origins in favor of the more intellectual and cosmopolitan life she envisioned … Continue reading
My Cousin Rachel (Roger Michell, 2017) 2½ stars out of 4. As a big fan of writer Daphne du Maurier, I find it odd that I often find gothic screen romances less than compelling, since that is one of the … Continue reading
Graduation (“Bacalaureat“) (Cristian Mungiu, 2016) 4 out of 4 stars. The new film from Romanian director Cristian Mungiu (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) begins with a bang. Well, a crash, anyway, as a rock shatters the glass of … Continue reading