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FilmFestDC 2010

The big local event of DC’s film year starts next week, FilmFestDC (contrary to what I told an out-of-town programmer friend with whom I went out last night — I really thought at the time that the festival began this week). The Opening Night film (a la-dee-da affair I’ve never gone to) is the Russian musical HIPSTERS, which I almost certainly will see at some point. And the Closing-Night film (which I have gone to once — Lukas Moodysson’s TOGETHER some years ago) is the (still undistributed — why?!?!) German feel-good food-porn film SOUL KITCHEN. There are programs of films from Italy and Romania, the latter of which seems more mouth-watering at this moment in history. There also seemed to be, though not a formal program, a large number of wedding films and music-related films.

These are the films playing here that I saw and (with one exception, that I will see again) reviewed at Toronto or Charlottesville last year:

AIR DOLL (Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan, 7)
I KILLED MY MOTHER (Xavier Dolan, Canada, 7) — my review here (2nd capsule)
IRENE (Alain Cavalier, France, 3) — my review here (3rd capsule)
SCHEHEREZADE, TELL ME A STORY¹ (Yousry Nasrallah, Egypt, 5) — my review here, 2nd capsule
SHAMELESS (Jan Hrebejk, Czech Republic, 3) — my review here (4th capsule)
SOUL KITCHEN (Fatih Akin, Germany, 6) — my review here (4th capsule)
TALES FROM THE GOLDEN AGE² (Cristian Mungiu / Ioana Uricaru / Hanno Hofer / Razvan Marculescu / Constantin Popescu; Romania) average: 6.6, directors not specifically matched to the shorts — my review here (4th capsule)
“The Legend of the Official Visit” — 8
“The Legend of the Party Photographer” — 7
“The Legend of the Chicken Drivers” — 4
“The Legend of the Greedy Policeman” — 6
“The Legend of the Air Sellers” — 8
VIDEOCRACY (Erik Gandini, Sweden, 2) — my review here (3rd capsule)

As to what I’ll be seeing … I haven’t purchased any tickets because, as I don’t think I can take time off work, I cannot be certain I’ll make every 630 show I’d like to. There’s a couple I will make certain I attend, but this plan is my wildest dreams:

Friday, 16 April
630 Gallery Place SILENT WEDDING (Horatiu Malaele, Romania)
900 Gallery Place FAREWELL (Christian Carion, France)

Saturday, 17 April
500 Avalon EL PASO (Zdenek Tyc, Czech Republic)
700 Avalon WILL YOU MARRY US (Micha Lewinsky, Switzerland)
915 Avalon 25 CARATS (Patxi Amezcua, Spain)

Monday, 19 April
630 E Street NO ONE KNOWS ABOUT PERSIAN CATS (Bahman Ghobadi, Iran)
830 Gallery Place THE OTHER IRENE (Andrei Gruzsniczki, Romania)

Tuesday, 20 April
630 E Street AIR DOLL (Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan)
845 Gallery Place THE ARMY OF CRIME (Robert Guedegian, France)

Wednesday, 21 April
630 Gallery Place AUTUMN ADAGIO (Tsuki Inoue, Japan)
815 Gallery Place WHITE WEDDING (Jann Turner, South Africa)

Thursday, 22 April
630 Gallery Place LOURDES (Jessica Hausner, France/Austria)
900 Goethe Institute BEYOND IPANEMA (Guto Barra, Brazil)

Friday, 23 April
630 Gallery Place THE HAPPIEST GIRL IN THE WORLD (Radu Jude, Romania/Holland)
830 E Street MEDAL OF HONOR (Calin Peter Netzer, Romania)

Saturday, 24 April
430 Avalon I, DON GIOVANNI (Carlos Saura, Spain/Italy)
700 Avalon MADE IN HUNGARIA (Gergely Fonyo, Hungary)
1000 E Street THE MESSAGE (Chen Kuo-fu and Gau Qun-shu, China)
¹ FilmFestDC’s stated 186-minute running time for SCHEHEREZADE may be wrong; the IMDb and the Toronto Festival both list the film as 134 minutes, and I certainly don’t remember it being 3 hours.
² Marculescu is not credited at FilmFestDC page, though I don’t know whether it is correct or Toronto’s page is. The film itself had no director credits

April 9, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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