Year: 2011 Country: Germany Language: German Director: Marten Persiel Screenplay: Marten Persiel, Ira Wedel Cinematography: Felix Leiberg Animation: Sasa Zivkovic Music: Lars Damm, Troy von Balthasar Runtime: 90 min Trailer: Trailer 1 and Trailer 2 Film’s official website: This Ain’t California
This Ain’t California had its UK premiere at the Raindance Film Festival (London) on September 27, 2012. Details here. It also screened in German cinemas this summer and has been shown at a number of international film festivals. It will be the closing film at the annual Berlin & Beyond Festival in San Francisco on October 4, 2012.
A few years back the International Baccalaureate (IB) issued a quote for its students the world round to discuss in their Theory of Knowledge examination essays: “History is part myth, part hope and part reality”. Der Spiegel, a German-language weekly from the popular press, missed the lesson, writing the following in its review of This Ain’t California:
Zu rasant, um wahr zu sein: Der preisgekrönte Film “This Ain’t California” über die Skater-Szene in der DDR kommt als Dokumentation daher. Dabei ist vieles erfunden und nachgestellt. (Translation: “Too daring to be true: The award-winning film ‘This Ain’t California’ about the skateboarding scene in the German Democratic Republic pretends to be a documentary. Much however is invented and reproduced.”) (quote source) Continue reading “Review: This Ain’t California”
Year: 2011 Director: Michel Hazanavicius Screenplay: Michel Hazanavicius Cinematography: Guillaume Schiffman Cast: Jean Dujardin, Bérénice Bejo, Uggie Runtime: 100 min Trailer: on YouTube Film’s official website: Weinstein Co. Currently screening in UK cinemas (and elsewhere). L’artiste is that film: the one that has been winning big at all the award ceremonies this season, scooping Best Film at the Golden Globes in January as well as at the BAFTAs last Sunday (plus multiple other awards at both ceremonies). Continue reading “Review: L'artiste (The Artist)”
Year: 2011 Director: Asghar Farhadi Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi Cinematography: Mahmoud Kalari Cast: Leila Hatami, Peyman Moaadi, Shahab Hosseini, Sareh Bayat, Sarina Farhadi, Kimia Hosseini Runtime: 123 min Trailer: on YouTube
Seen at a screening as part of the Iranian Film Festival (UKIFF) at Ciné Lumière. A Separation was the first Iranian film to win the top prize at the Berlin International Film Festival (plus Silver Berlin Bears for Best Actor – Peyman Moaadi and Shahab Hosseini – as well as Best Actress – for both Leila Hatami and Sareh Bayat). It also won awards at the Sydney Film Festival, the Melbourne International Film Festival, the San Sebastián International Film Festival, the British Independent Film Awards, among others. (For a complete list see here.) It currently has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Continue reading “Review: جدایی نادر از سیمین (Jodái-e Náder az Simin/A Separation)”