0.5 MM,  dir. Ando Momoko

CAAMFest 2015: 0.5MM by Ando Momoko

This strange and disturbing film is nonetheless a compelling 198 minutes of mysterious motivations and surprising outbursts. Sawa, a caregiver for geriatric patients, goes on the road after a traumatic experience with one of her elderly male clients. The opening sequence which documents this experience and sets the tone for her perambulations is a complete…

For the Plasma, dir. Bingham Bryan and Bryan Molzan

2015 SF Indie Film Fest: For the Plasma

I’d like to see this narrative feature as a gallery installation: the landscape of Northern Maine which the filmmakers capture is full of the small sounds of summer life, the sturdy grey rocks of the coast, the lush greens and purposeful but relaxed pace of the country.  Juxtaposed with shots of computer and TV screens…

Jacky in The Kingdom of Women, dir. Riad Sattouff

SF 2015 Indie Fest: Jacky in the Kingdom of Women

This year’s San Francisco IndieFest celebrates its thoroughly eccentric roots with the closing night film Jacky in the Kingdom of Women, an exuberant, crude, uncomfortably funny, very French and extremely political satire about the role and subjugation of men in a [dystopian] kingdom ruled entirely by women. The film has received some mixed to negative…

O Apostolo, dir. Fernando Cortizo, Image courtesy of Keloide Lab Audiovisual.

2015 SF Indie Film Fest: O Apostolo

Contemporary filmmaking and medieval aesthetics are paired wonderfully in this stop-motion animation film about faith, the Church, redemption, and debt payback. The setting is the famed and merciless pilgrims’ way of Santiago de Compostela, where an escaped thief, Ramón, in search of a new, pastoral life free of crime, goes in search of another man’s…

Beyond Clueless, dir. Charlie Lyne

Beyond Clueless and the 90s Teen Movie

Charlie Lyne’s Beyond Clueless is a veritable catalogue raisonné of what might be called the Second Golden Age of American Teen CInema (the First, of course, being in the 1980s): Clueless, Mean Girls, American Pie, Slap Her She’s French, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and much, much, more. Mr. Lyne, who was born…

Die Böhms: Architektur einer Familie

Berlin and Beyond 2015: Concrete Love-The Böhm Family

Ponderous, intimate, and epic in its illustration of an extremely design-oriented family, Die Böhms: Architektur einer Familie is unique in scope and tone from other architect/family architect documentaries (My Architect, Eames). Central to the documentary is Cologne-based Gottfried Böhm, the only German to be awarded the Pritzker Prize, whose father and grandfather were also architects.…