KEDI

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Director: Ceyda Torun. Kedi is the Turkish word for cat, and cat lovers everywhere will relish this simple but charming documentary from Turkey about the stray cats that live on the streets of Istanbul. Cats have been a feature of the city for hundreds of years. The adorable feral felines are cared for by the various local people who work in the market, the shops and the harbour, who also feed them. The cats are for the most part independent, but are more than happy to accept food and hugs from the locals. Kedi is the debut Continue reading

REFUGEE FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – interview with Laura Stacey

by GREG KING As part of Refugee Week, the Cinema Nova is screening the Refugee Film Festival, which features a number of documentaries depicting the experiences of refugees, including some inspiring stories of refugees who have made a new home here in Australia. The festival runs from June18-June 23. The opening night film is The Staging Post. The screenings are accompanied by Q&A sessions. Greg spoke to Laura Stacey, the director of the Refugee Film Festival, to learn more about this unique and important film Continue reading

THE INNOCENTS

Reviewed by GREG KING Stars: Lou De Laage, Agata Kulesza, Agata Buzek, Joanna Kulig, Dorota Kuduk, Vincent Macaigne. This French/Polish production looks at the horrors of war and the consequences of war from a different perspective. The Innocents is inspired by a little-known incident that happened in Poland at the end of WWII. The setting is a secluded convent outside Warsaw. A convent should have been a place of refuge and a safe haven from the horrors of war, but instead it became a place of terror. When the Russian troops liberated Poland from the Germans Continue reading

THINGS TO COME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Mia Hansen-Love Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Andre Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob. The fifth feature film from French filmmaker Mia Hansen-Love (Father Of My Children, etc), Things To Come is a deeply personal and subtle slice of life drama about a woman caught up in something of a midlife crisis. The film explores some rich and resonant themes about love, loss, abandonment, loneliness, aging, philosophy, love and politics. It is also a character study of a woman on the edge. Things To Come has been loosely inspired by Continue reading

FRANTZ

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Francois Ozon Stars: Paula Beer, Pierre Niney, Ernst Stotzner, Marie Gruber, Johann von Bulow, Anton bon Lucke, Cyrielle Claire, Alice de Lencquesaing. The prolific Francois Ozon is one of France’s most stylish and intriguing filmmakers, especially with visually sumptuous melodramas like Swimming Pool winning great critical acclaim and reaching international audiences. His films deal with sex and death, and often have a strong queer subtext. His latest film is no exception. Frantz is a haunting and stylish period romance set in the Continue reading