by Redazione Ennesimo Film Festival
Only one week left for the second edition of the Ennesimo Film Festival, but you already would like to know more about selected movie? We asked a friend and cinema experienced to watch films. He analyzed them and tell in a few lines his feeling about. Here what he thinks about 2017 Official Selection of the Ennesimo Film Festival!
A MAN CALLED MAN
A stylized animation, to the very limits of minimalism, is used to make an equally minimal story, partly Bildungsroman and partly paradigm of western culture. Fast and penetrating as a bullet, but also visceral and universal as a pacemaker.
ABOUT BIRDS AND BEES
Typical Scandinavian understatement comedy: empathy and communication characters ability are inversely proportional to the increasingly embarrassment,
but at the end it is conciliatory in its inevitable and fun cynicism.
A life story apparently like many others, made unique by a light-focused technical arrangement, starting with direction, which plays overturning perspectives and framings, and photography, undoubtedly owing much to Lubezki, and finally editing, rapid but not frenetic, appropriate for the best trailer.
The structure of the film leaves the audience breathless with a reference to traditional narrative loops: actually, the symmetry depends on the viewpoint of the two main characters and creates the perfect tension to set the ground for the pleasantly elliptical ending. The choice of black and white is aesthetically appropriate.
A handful of powerful sounds, one lonely actress saying not even a line, and an austere and disturbing location, with a peculiar geometry (giving the film its title): this is enough to create a palpable, unique tension. This is mastery too.
FOOD FOR THOUGHTS
Narration is built along the double track of characters’ tension and disgust for proposed food: the double climax reaches its apex and converges in the inevitable explosion of the final violence, while revealing a deeply “bad-educational” metaphor. Coherent is the American pulp movie-like aesthetics.
GIONATAN CON LA G
A classical tale of decay in Italian suburbs: nothing is left out, including unemployment, violence (also on children and women), crime, and—more generally speaking—the crisis of values. Significant is the contrast at the end, giving value to the romantic component on the one hand, and protecting the “kid-oriented” structure of the film.
A calm family situation progressively turns into an endless escape from a scaring reality: there is no better way to make spectators empathize with the tragedy of refugees seeking safety in Europe. And the stylistic choice of Dardenne post-neorealism is surely the most adequate.
LE GRAND BAIN
An original and funny starting point, surrounded by a number of current and intriguing themes, and supported by a rather plain but totally functional screenplay and direction: films like this one are the symbol of the importance of understanding how much is too much.
Inspired by the novella of the same name, after which one of Jack London’s collections of novellas is named, this short film stands out mainly for the philological accuracy and the impeccable shooting, correctly emphasizing its essence as a black comedy ahead of its time. Mony Python-style English-Zulu war lovers will surely appreciate.
Who’s LUCA BUSANI?
A great expert in technology, Luca is also fond of board games, and mainly of cinema in all its features. He has no prejudices for what concerns genres and sub-genres, but he has a thing for anything which is mumblecore, or was shot with a budget lower than Sofia Coppola’s pocket money when she was 15.