MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – REVIEWS

ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED AUGUST 13, 2017 FINAL PORTRAIT. In 1964, renowned portrait artist and sculptor Albert Giacometti passed away soon after completing his final painting. He had painted a portrait of American journalist James Lord, who had come to Paris for a brief visit. The portrait was only supposed to take a couple of days, but the increasingly frustrated Lord spent a couple of weeks with the mercurial artist in his Paris studio. Final Portrait is a passion project for writer/director Stanley Tucci who has been nurturing the film Continue reading

GRADUATION

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Christian Mungiu Stars: Adrian Titieni, Maria Dragus, Lia Bugnar, Malina Manovici, Petre Ciubotaru, Vlad Ivanov. Romanian journalist turned filmmaker Christian Mungiu earned his second Best Director award at Cannes for his fourth feature film, a rather grim and critical look at Romanian society as it continues to emerge from under the repressive grip of the Ceausescu era and the difficulties of life in his native country. Mungiu makes films that are deep and thoughtful and highlight some of the social issues in Continue reading

SCANDINAVIAN FILM FESTIVAL 2017 – reviews

The 2017 Scandinavian Film Festival is screening at Palace Cinemas across Australia in July. ALL FILMS REVIEWED BY GREG KING LAST UPDATED JULY 16, 2017 THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE was the opening night attraction at the 2017 Scandinavian Film Festival, which is screening at Palace Cinemas around the country. It is the latest film from Finnish auteur Aki Karismaki, and is full of his usual droll humour and dead pan style and absurdist touches. Karismaki often pokes fun at the Finnish working class and their daily struggles in his films. The Other Side Of Hope is the Continue reading

MONSIEUR CHOCOLAT

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Roshcdy Zem Stars: Omar Sy, James Thieree, Clotilde Hesme, Olivier Gourmet, Noemie Lvovsky, Frederic Pierrot, Alice de Lencquesaing, Alec Pesces. A hit at the recent French Film Festival, this entertaining and lavish low budget film from France is an exploration of the origins of comedy. In the late nineteenth century, vaudeville and the circus were the pioneers of physical comedy. This biopic charts the rise and fall of Rafael Padilla (played here by Omar Sy, from The Intouchables, etc), a former slave from Cuba who was the Continue reading

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