SFIFF 59: Hong Kong Trilogy

The renowned cinematographer Christopher Doyle is originally from Sydney, but clearly loves his adopted hometown of Hong Kong, as beautifully shown by his latest directorial effort, Hong Kong Trilogy: Preschooled Preoccupied Preposterous. The film opens with steady, brave shots of the spaces between Hong Kong’s towering apartment buildings; his love for the city and his sensitive…

SF Indie Film Fest: El Incidente (2014)

A complex purgatory of sorts is the hellish place (literally and emotionally) circumscribed by Isaac Ezban’s El Incidente. In the film, The Incident consists of no more than a brief explosion and rumbling in the distance, as though a building were being demolished. However, it propels the film’s characters into a physical and temporal purgatory…

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…

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…