ACQUI Y ALLA, a US/Spanish co-production set in Mexico, took top honors at the International Critics Week, the oldest parallel section at the Cannes Film Festival. The film by director Antonio Mendez Esparza was given the prize by the French Syndicate of Cinema Critics, who for the past 51 years has organized the parallel section devoted to up-and-coming directors’ first and second films. AQUI Y ALLA centers on a man who returns to his Mexican village after years of working in the United States in a story of hope, memories and loss of what is inevitably left behind. Three other films in the section were also honored, including SOFIA’S LAST AMBULANCE, a documentary from Bulgarian director Ilian Metev, which won the Visionary Prize; the French production LES VOISINS DE DIEU (God’s Neighbors) which won the French Society of Authors, Directors and Composers Prize; and the Argentine film LOS SALVAJES (The Wild Ones) which won the ACID/CCAS Film Prize.
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