Archives for January 2021

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SUNDANCE: Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr.’s debut film “WILD INDIAN” digs deep into two mens’ mutual and dark secret

When the past holds most of the answers you're looking for
Michael Greyeyes, Kirstyn Anderson and Evan Assant
Directed by Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr.

A secret tragedy that two men carry into adulthood. A tragedy born from hundreds of years of betrayal, genocide and the lasting effect this country’s racism and constant suppression of the Native American people and their way of life has had. Throughout the decades, there have been films (but not nearly enough) that honestly attempt to transmit the narrative of Native Americans' life. Yet, only ... more >

Neighbors. Friends. Longtime secret lovers. A bond that cannot be undone: “TWO OF US”

An engaging film about aging and sapphic love
Barbara Sukowa, Martine Chevallier and Léa Drucker
Directed by Filippo Meneghetti

    It is a story that resonates for many men and women all over the world. While society is changing, there is still prejudice in all societies against same-sex couples. In Filippo Meneghetti’s sensitive drama “Two of Us”, Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallier portray an older lesbian couple who have a fiery sexual attraction and an enviable mutual devotion. Madeleine ... more >

“SUPERNOVA,” no happy endings here, but a rewarding and emotional road movie set against the English countryside starring Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth

Film was mainly shot in Cumbria, England
Colin Firth, Stanley Tucci and Pippa Haywood
Directed by Harry Macqueen

Bring tissues. For if you need a good ugly-cry in a still-young year that has already been filled with so much grief, “Supernova” is your movie. Which isn’t to say that this incredibly heartfelt and sad film isn’t good—far from it. This new film from writer-director Harry Macqueen stars Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci as Sam and Tusker, longtime romantic partners in late middle age on a road trip ... more >

SUNDANCE: “Summer of Soul (… Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)”

Harlem Cultural Festival, 1969: where were you when?
From our 2021 Sundance Film Festival coverage

“Harlem was Heaven to us. It was a place where I was safe, happy, and made lifelong friends... to us, Harlem was Camelot.” -Festival attendee The Harlem Cultural Festival in the Summer of 1969. A free concert attended by over 300,000 people. The great Stevie Wonder takes the stage on a rainy afternoon. After singing a while, Wonder takes to the drums and the music is used to powerfully ... more >

CANNES FESTIVAL announces summer-bound edition in 2021. But will it stick?

Festival normally takes place yearly in May

The Cannes Festival will indeed take place this year, two months later than usual. In a press release sent this afternoon by email, the festival said the 2021 edition would run from the 6th to the 17th of July. Cannes would thus take place about a month after the government of France will have been able to complete dissemination of the covid-19 vaccine nationwide, the idea being that, for France, ... more >

Short film “Draw with me” shows painfully well the struggles, big and small, in the young transgender’s path to self-actualization

Brendon Scholl, Jennifer Lopez and Leslie Ann Lopez
Written and directed by Constantine Venetopoulos

Be yourself. The world will adjust (Manabi Bandyopadhyay, professor and first transgender person in India to complete their Doctorate of Philosophy) Accepting change. Believing in someone. Recognizing identity. This is the way it should always have been, but now is the time. We must learn to live in an age of acceptance. “Draw with Me” is a new documentary short film from director ... more >

In conversation with the creator and cast of “LOSING ALICE,” airing today on Apple TV +

An erotic neo-noir with a Faustian bargain thrown in

The Apple TV+ series “Losing Alice” fashions an atmosphere of dread in its first moments and never lets up. Over eight episodes this Israeli import, which debuts stateside on Friday, is more about engendering a feeling within the viewer rather than setting up a who-did-what-when thriller procedural. Not that the staples of the mystery genre aren’t present. But unlike lesser shows, which start ... more >