Posts Tagged ‘Gentlemen Broncos’

Berlin 2010 Preview: Generations, Part 1

February 10, 2010

Like the Jesuits, the Berlin Film Festival understands that you need to get ‘em while they’re young. To that end, the Generations sidebar features films about and aimed at youth. This year’s selection of 56 features and shorts looks at every aspect of growing up, from unappreciative single parents to freaky flights of fancy. In the first part of our preview, we start out on a Mexican fishing trip and end up running away with an Italian circus.


Three Mexican generations convene on the Chinchorro reef in Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio’s acclaimed “documentary fiction” of fathers and sons. Daniel Kasman wrote, “a sojourn of a film, getting the simplicity and details of a wonderful but limited experience down to their most honest, most untroubled, most tender, and often most beautiful essences.”

Bestevenner (Best Friends)

This Norwegian children’s film from director Christian Lo combines young friendship, the Christmas season and the threat of deportation. When their friend Naisha flees to Oslo, Julie and Mette pack up their knapsacks and give chase. Expect heartstrings to be hammered like Jerry Lee Lewis attacking a piano.


Trailerama: Gentlemen Broncos

August 13, 2009

The question “Whatever happened to Jared Hess?” flits across Squally’s mind every nine weeks or so. The answer finally comes in the form of Gentlemen Broncos. It boils down to a conflict between a sheltered aspiring author and a sci-fi guru, played by Flight of the Conchords man. The story of artistic struggle feels personal; the mixture of Hess’s trademarked deadpan style and ligers made real looks amusing.