SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL REVIEWS

Reviewed by GREG KING Last updated July 17 2016. GOLD COAST. "Africa is the graveyard of ambition." And so it proves for Danish botanist Wulff Frederik Wulff (played by Norwegian actor Jakob Oftebro, from the tv series Lilyhammer, etc) who is sent to the Danish colony of Guinea in west Africa to create a coffee plantation. When he arrives there Wulff is full of optimism and hope, but he soon confronts the ugly realities and the shameful enterprise of the slave trade. Although Denmark was one of the first countries to ban the slave trade back in 1702, it still Continue reading

THE WAIT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Piero Messina Stars: Juliette Binoche, Lou de Laage, Giorgio Colangeli, Domenico Diele, Antonio Folletto, Corinna Locastro. This slow moving but lyrical art house drama about a woman who conceals her son's death from his girlfriend will probably not hold immediate appeal for many audiences. Loosely based on a play written by Luigi Pindarello, and set in Sicily during a hot summer, The Wait tells the story of Anna (played with great sense of subtlety and poise by Juliette Binoche, from The English Patient, etc) who has just Continue reading

THE MEASURE OF A MAN

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Stephane Briz Stars: Vincent Lindon, Karine de Mirbeck, Matthieu Schiller. "The measure of a man is the way he bears up under misfortune." This quote is certainly an apt way to illustrate the title of this miserable dour, grim and relentlessly downbeat drama that screened at the French Film Festival earlier in the year. The film focuses on 51-year-old Thierry Taugourdeau (played by veteran Vincent Lindon) an out of work factory worker who copes with an unfeeling bureaucracy in his search to find work. He is forced to attend Continue reading

THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY FILM SHOW PODCAST EPISODE #183

This week on The Good The Bad The Ugly Film Show Adam, Dave, Greg and Nick take a look at new release films ‘The BFG,’ ‘The Measure Of A Man,’ ‘Central Intelligence,’ and ‘The Wait’. This episode also contains interviews with Steven Spielberg, Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart, John Cabrera for Melbourne WebFest, Thomas Caldwell NextGen programmer for the Melbourne International Film Festival, Jack Sargeant artistic director of the Revelation Film Festival, Emma Vestrheim about the Scandinavian Film Festival, Em Baker director of the documentary ‘Spoke’ , Jason Burrows re Continue reading

MUSTANG

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Deniz Gamze Erguven Stars: Gunes Sensoy, Doga Zeynep Dogslu, Elit Iscan, Tugba Sunguroglu, Ilayda Akdogan, Nihal G Koldas, Ayberk Pekcan. This powerful, bittersweet coming of age drama from Turkey has been winning awards and wowing audiences at film festivals around the world, and was Turkey's official entry for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Five orphan girls (Nur, Selma, Ece, Sunay and Lale) live with their conservative grandmother (Nihal G Koldas) and their strict Uncle Erol (Ayberk Pekcan, from Winter Sleep, etc) in Continue reading