Fes­ti­val feast for film fans

South Western Times - - Entertainment - Cal­lum Hunter

The 2019 BREC In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val is ready and rar­ing to go and will be of­fi­cially launched on Jan­uary 10.

For five weeks over sum­mer, film fans will be treated to an ex­ten­sive and di­verse range of films from around the globe.

BREC ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Fiona de Garis said the 2019 pro­gram in­cluded a fan­tas­tic selec­tion of films from some of the world’s most cel­e­brated indi film­mak­ers.

The fes­ti­val will open with the in­ves­tiga­tive doc­u­men­tary The Clean­ers, cen­tred on the darker sides of so­cial me­dia and the mod­er­a­tors hired to clean up the in­ter­net.

Wo­man at War is an Ice­landic drama telling the story of an eco-war­rior who de­clares war on the alu­minium in­dus­try.

One of the fea­ture ti­tles of 2019 will be the Pales­tinian comic drama Wa­jib.

A prod­uct of Pales­tinian writer-di­rec­tor An­nemarie Jacir, the film ex­plores the lives of Is­rael-based Pales­tini­ans and the real-life story of father and son Mo­ham­mad and Saleh Bakri.

Sho­plifters is a crime-drama by Ja­panese di­rec­tor Hirokazu Kre-eda cen­tre around a poverty stricken fam­ily liv­ing in Tokyo.

An­other fea­ture ti­tle this year will be Pawel Paw­likowski’s Cold War, an epic ro­mance about two mis­matched lovers, caught be­tween the East and the West in 1950s Europe.

The ro­man­tic and so­phis­ti­cated French drama Let the Sun­shine In

stars Academy Award win­ner Juli­ette Binoche.

Also screen­ing will be the heart-stop­ping drama Cus­tody

from award-win­ning writer and di­rec­tor Xavier Le­grand, the feel-good com­edy C’est la Vie and the award-win­ning crime thriller Dog­man.

Dog­man will not be the only thriller screen­ing, joined by Ziad Doueiri’s court­room drama The In­sult.

Paolo Sor­rentino's biopic Loro

will ex­plore life un­der the eye of Europe's most in­fa­mous politi­cian, Sil­vio Ber­lus­coni, while the nerve-jan­gling thriller The Guilty will have au­di­ences on the edge of their seats.

It’s of­fi­cial ev­ery­one, once again we have have more good Spi­der-Man movies than bad thanks to Spi­der-Man: Into the Spi­der-Verse.

It’s hard to ig­nore the vis­ual style of Spi­der-Verse.

Like a comic in mo­tion, dis­tinc­tive sounds cre­ate their own word bub­bles, char­ac­ter thoughts ap­pear in yel­low word blocks.

And the char­ac­ters even have their own physics based on their orig­i­nal di­men­sion.

What re­ally struck me was the the hu­mour — I ex­pected Spi­der-Verse to be funny but not this funny or this clever and jokes can eas­ily be missed by the cas­cad­ing and rapid-fire na­ture of the writ­ing.

Our lead Spi­der-Per­son Miles Morales is brought to life with such en­ergy and orig­i­nal­ity that it should leave no doubt about his sta­tus as a stand­alone char­ac­ter and not just a knock-off Peter Parker.

Academy award win­ner Juli­ette Binoche stars in Let the Sun­shine In. Spi­der-Man: Into the Spi­der-Verse Rated: PGRe­view: Sam GibbsRat­ing: 8/10

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