BIFF 2018: Review of “Vanishing Days”

Vanishing Days A film by Zhu Xin A daughter and her mother sit listlessly in a small room in a nondescript city apartment building. We hear conversations but they are obviously not important to young Li Senlin. then the father announces that he is going on a business trip. Something about his voice tells SenlinContinue reading “BIFF 2018: Review of “Vanishing Days””

Film review: Leto (Summer)

A struggling punk rock band in communist Russia make music about their experiences and reach musical success. The band are from Russia, where punk is seen as a serious threat to the values of comradeship and socialist order. But that is not really the purpose of this film, as it deals more with the basicContinue reading “Film review: Leto (Summer)”

Busan International Film festival: Killing

Masterfuly directed by Tsukamoto, Killing manages to make a Shakespearean tragedy in Japan that lasts under 2 hours. It’s an austere, harshly beautiful film about what it takes to survive in difficult surroundings. After a mesmerizing opening where we watch gleaming samurai sword forged out of glowing embers, we meet the characters whose lives will be overwhelmed byContinue reading “Busan International Film festival: Killing”