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Author: Andreea Patru

Out of This World: Surrealist Films at International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018

Innovation often derives from a deep knowledge of the past, be it a reinterpretation of the classics or loosely based representations of them. Postmodern art seems redundant and worn out. So it’s no surprise then that new cinematic expressions arrive in the shape of allegory and neo-baroque aesthetics. Two films from the 47th edition fit the description and fulfill IFFR’s promise of showcasing challenging, stylistically revitalizing avant-garde cinema. Bertrand Mandico’s debut feature, The Wild Boys, and Rustam Khamdamov’s return, The Bottomless Bag, combine surrealistic images with references from the classics in literature and painting to create the kind of...

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Highlight on Shorts: Pardi di Domani, Locarno

Since my last visit to Locarno I have learned not to overlook the short film selection. Called Pardi di domani (Leopards of Tomorrow) it is the festival’s most forward-looking, as it focuses on future talents. This year, it consisted of 27 short films showing a wide geographic spread, yet a common preoccupation: a critique of present-day capitalism and a dissatisfaction with social conditions, be it of immigrants or citizens. In Kapitalistis, Belgian filmmaker Pablo Muñoz Gomez, sets his critique in the context of a popular consumer holiday, Christmas. Niko, the 5-year-old son of a pizza delivery guy, Gyorgis, has...

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