POSTCARDS FROM THE ZOO, which is screening in the Main Competition section of the Berlin International Film Festival, has been one of the most talked-about titles here. The film, from the single-named Indonesian auteur Edwin, is an either-you-love-it-or-you-hate-it entry that has sold to multiple territories, including Germany and Korea. The film tells the tale of a “wild child” who is raised by zookeepers. The filmmaker employs a kind of magical realism to offer portraits of its actors (both human and animal) at the 250-acre wildlife preserve where the film is set. The film introduces us to some highly cinematic animals, including a giraffe named Jura who becomes one of the movie’s three co-stars. The film is mainly seen through the point of view of a little girl wandering around in search of her father in a rather surreal world where human and mammals are deeply interconnected.
REPORT ON THE SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST……..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 impressions of not just films, but of the film … Continue reading
Wilson (Craig Johnson, 2017) 2 out of 4 stars From Craig Johnson, director of the delightfully offbeat, tragicomic The Skeleton Twins, in 2014, comes Wilson, still offbeat and tragicomic, though far less delightfully so. Based on a series of comics … Continue reading
Asghar Farhadi, an Iranian writer-director with a knack for profound dramas (“About Elly”, “A Separation”, “The Past”), returns with “The Salesman”, another heartfelt story branded with uncomfortable dualities. The nature of this tale, set and shot in Tehran, will make … Continue reading