CAAMFest 35: Bachelor Girls

The “Bachelor Girls” interviewed in Shikha Makan’s brisk documentary are professional women in their 20s and 30s, educated and gainfully employed in the large, cosmopolitan Indian city of Mumbai. For some landlords, these women would be ideal tenants: white-collar, responsible, educated, capable of paying rent regularly, stellar character references from heads of banks and human…

CAAMFest 35: The Lockpicker

Canadian filmmaker Randall Lloyd Okita (featured at CAAMFest 34) is known and admired for his oblique yet powerful narratives, even in his more abstract, short works such as Machine with Wishbone (2008) and Portrait as a Random Act of Violence (2012). His stories emerge slowly and completely from the depths of sophisticated and startling imagery,…

CAAMFest 35: Leonine Films Picks

The intelligent, capable, and unmarried working women of Mumbai struggle to find decent housing in Bachelor Girls…all the world’s a Center Stage in this riveting collection of shorts (one of many in the festival)…LF favorite Randall Okita returns to CAAMFest with The Lockpicker, a visually-stunning meditation on high school and its traumas…Tearepa Kahi’s documentary on…

CAAMFest 2015: La Salada

In the post-show Q&A after a CAAMFest screening, director Juan Martin Hsu made a compelling case for the uniqueness of his film with respect to contemporary Argentinian cinema; he suggested that La Salada portrayed new and first-generation Argentine immigrants such that they are not the “punch line” in the narrative, as they are frequently portrayed…

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…

Tales and more Wild Tales

Like a collection of short stories, Wild Tales and Tales each present a unified narrative and point of view, despite form. The first, by Argentinian director Damián Szifron, includes six defined and unique stories, each with their own characters, tone, timing, and importantly a particular setting, which like a time bomb, counts down to some…