Posts Tagged ‘Fan Lixin’

The Last-Minute ND/NF 2010 Preview, Part 2: Hunting & Zn. to Norteado

March 24, 2010

Families take the center stage in the second part of our New Directors New Films preview. In the Netherlands, a couple comes undone thanks to a new arrival. In Italy, a concubine dares to wander outside a brood’s closed ranks. In Canada, mother and son make like a WWE production of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? And you don’t even want to know what they’re doing to each other in Greece. It’s a line-up so gripping that film fans won’t even be able to turn from the screen to tell that elderly couple behind them to shut up. Hit the linked titles for more goodies.

Read the first part of our New Directors/New Films preview.

Hunting & Zn. (Hunting & Sons)

Tako and Sandra oughta be poster children for the Netherlands good life. Successful in both work and in life, the childhood sweethearts are the envy of all their friends. Sandra’s pregnancy should be cause for further celebration. In Sander Burger’s domestic horror, however, the blessed event is the very thing that causes their bourgeois bliss to spectacularly deflate. Don’t stand too close to the canal!

Io sono l’amore (I Am Love)

Luca Guadagnino takes a few frames from Visconti in this fragrant family saga, garnished with plenty of love, Italian style. Tilda Swinton is the beautiful Russian odalisque who marries into a fashion dynasty. Her second-class spousal existence is upended when she falls for a humpy young chef. Problem is Swinton’s surging libido might bring down the rest of the clan with her.


Trailerama: Last Train Home

February 22, 2010

Think travelling during Thanksgiving is rough? Try Chinese New Year. That’s when 130 million migrant workers around the country all head home to be reunited–briefly–with their families. Delays are not uncommon, and the terminals are thronged with desperate travellers. Fan Lixin‘s documentary isn’t just fixated on the spectacle of humanity, though. While accompanying a family on their journey, he also examined the hopes and fears of working class people that is on the move, even when it’s not. Planes, Trains and Automobiles was never like this. Screening at SXSW Film Festival.

Sundance 2010 Preview: International Documentary Competition

January 12, 2010

While Sundance is committed to documentary, its audience is a little less crazy about the international kind. Still, it gets you out of the Park City snow and you’re unlikely to be sitting behind Harvey Weinstein. This year’s picks range from the Cambodian killing fields to a Brazilian dump to the Warsaw ghetto. In all likelihood, they will have about six laughs between them. Roll your sleeves up and prepare to take your medicine …

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Enemies of the People

Spalding Gray once likened the Cambodian genocide to the farmers of upstate New York killing everyone in Manhattan. Two million people died when the Khmer Rouge’s turned the clock back to Year Zero. The country has struggled to both recover and forget. This doc follows Phnom Penh Post reporter Thet Sambath, who befriended the former Rouge leaders in order to learn why his entire family had to die. Sambath gets close to a unique heart of Khmer darkness, but puts his own home life in jeopardy.

A Film Unfinished

After herding the Jews into the Warsaw Ghetto, the Nazis proceeded to make a film lauding what they called their humanitarian effort. The movie was never completed, but academics have pored over the rushes, often oblivious to its propaganda purpose. Using the original footage and interviews with the surviving cameramen, Yael Hersonski shows how reality was whitewashed and learns the stories behind the faces found on film.