Films of the Week #45 & #46

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It’s been a very busy past two weeks with Leeds Film Festival under full steam, university deadlines approaching, too many rushes and a shoot in London last weekend. So, I missed last weeks catch-up, but I will share my favourite films seen over the previous two weeks instead. Leeds Film Festival has hosted a lot of diverse cinema this year, so there have been a good few “blimey charlie” moments (as Mark Kermode would say) to share with you all.

Shorts:

1. Death of a Shadow (Tom van Avermaet)

Also great – Crossroads (Walter Bouvijn), Invocation (Robert Morgan) and The Importance of Sweet and Salt (Benoit De Clerck)

Features:

1. Big Bad Wolves (Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado)

Also great – After Lucia (Michel Franco) and Wakolda (Lucia Puenzo)

In Theatres:

1. Blue is the Warmest Colour (Abdellatif Kechiche)

Also great – Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron)

Death of a Shadow

This magnificent short film can seem overwhelming in its supernatural complexity, however it is simply a love story. A man is stuck between life and death collecting shadows of the deceased for his ‘master’. He is given the opportunity for another chance at life and, ultimately, to find his love. In the end, he persues a most courageous act to make his beloved live happily ever after.

It is an incredible short film with impressive production values. The set design is exquisite in its portratyal of a castle for the shadows of the dead with hi-tech machinery. Also, the forest location is enchanting and takes us right back to WWI, where the realisation of how often soldiers lives were at stake is strikingly present.

A lot of man hours have gone into crafting this spectacular short film, and in a few days I will be fortunate enough to talk to the director, Tom van Avermaet, about his journey. So look out for that post, and in the meantime, try and see his short!

Watch the trailer below:

Big Bad Wolves

An interesting spin on the horror film by the two Israeli directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado. Big Bad Wolves could easily be categorised as a revenger thriller, or a psychological thriller, or a black comedy, or a crime film, but it is simply all of these combined. It is shocking, but also funny. One minute your gaping over the screen in horror, the next your relaxed back and laughing. This is by no means a new experience, but there is something fresh about the way these two combine horror and comedy. The horror itself, is not funny, it is overwhelmingly shocking, but it is constantly being switched on and off. We are played back and forward in our seats.

The film also has a wave of morality and politics infused into the narrative. There is a tense atmosphere and an air of moral superiority as the Israeli police go about their dirty work. We wonder to ourselves, is there not a better way to go about this? There is also a comical play-off between the local Jews and Arab communities – a statement of change and friendship.

It’s a top-noth film, it’s expertly crafted and it will keep you guessing until the bitter end. Go and get shocked!

Watch the trailer below:

Blue is the Warmest Colour

A phenomenal piece of filmmaking with exquisite performances all around. I need not say much more as I will be posting a review shortly, but this film should take your breath away. Also, try not to take the film with a pinch of salt, it deserves far better.

Watch the trailer below:

Thanks for reading up and if you get the chance, try to see these movies! They all offer something close to extraordinary.

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