HAPPY END

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Michael Haneke Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Mathieu Kassovitz, Franz Rogowski, Fantine Harduin, Toby Jones. Another typically downbeat, disturbing and grim drama from the misanthropic Austrian filmmaker Michael Haneke (The White Ribbon, Funny Games, Amour, etc). Set in the coastal town of Calais, the film follows the affluent but dysfunctional Laurent family, who live in luxury and seem unaware of the refugee crisis on their doorstep. The film works in heavy themes of matricide, suicide, power, corruption, Continue reading

THE WOUND

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: John Trengrove Stars: Nakhane Toure, Niza Jay Ncoyini Bongile Mantsai. From South African filmmaker John Trengrove comes this controversial coming of age film about a group of adolescent boys of Xhosa background who are taken to a remote bushland for their traditional manhood initiation ceremony of ulwaluka – i.e.: a circumcision. It is a dangerous ritual, and indeed many young men have died as a result. Mentors, who have previously undergone the secret ritual, are on hand to help the boys through the Continue reading

FACES PLACES

Reviewed by GREG KING Documentary Directors: Agnes Varda, JR. Diminutive 88-year old filmmaker Agnes Varda (The Gleaners And I, etc) returns to the screen with this whimsical road journey documentary, her first feature film in nine years. Here she teams up with 33-year old French visual artist and film director known simply as JR, known for his large scale photographic murals, and the results are a delight to watch. JR continually sports his signature dark glasses, which he never takes off much to Varda’s frustration, and trilby hat. Continue reading

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME

Reviewed by GREG KING Director: Luca Gaudagnino Stars: Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casa. Call Me By Your Name is a sensitive gay-themed coming of age story set in Crema, a sun-drenched rural part of Italy in the 1980s and it deals with themes of adolescence, obsession, desire, repressed sexuality, infatuation and identity. The film is based on the best-selling 2007 novel by Andre Aciman, and has been sensitively adapted to the screen by James Ivory, best known for his work with the late Ishmail Merchant. Elio Perlman (played by Continue reading

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME – interview with Luca Guadagnino

by GREG KING Call Me By Your Name is a sensitive coming of age story set in a sun-drenched rural part of Italy in the 1980s. It is based on the novel by Andre Aciman, and tells the story of 17 year old Elio (Timothee Chalamet), the son of a respected archaeologist, who is attracted to Oliver (Armie Hammer), the American intern who spends the summer with his family. Greg spoke to director Luca Guadagnino about making the film, the appeal of the story to him, and working with the two stars. Guadagnino was in town for the film's premiere at Continue reading