6 items from 2009
Directors: Hirokazu Koreeda
Writers: Hirokazu Koreeda
Review by: Joseph Proimakis
Rating: 5 out of 10
Beautifully shot and delightfully acted, Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Airdoll plays like a love-song to the splendor and bitterness of life, filled with allegory in each verse. It’s too bad though, that Kore-eda’s renowned soft touch and pop aesthetics are a bit too blunt around the edges, to go anywhere further than skin-deep at the vast number issues he tries to juggle.
Staying close to his explorations of jaded forms of love and loss, Kore-eda (two time Cannes contender with Distance (2001) and Nobody Knows (2004)) takes a 20 page short manga (The Pneumatic Figure of a Girl, pub. 2000 by Youshiide Gouda), and makes a full blown two-hour movie out of its story about a blow-up sex doll that offers more than sexual pleasure to her lonesome owner, who spends hours joyfully yapping about »
Trash Humpers Directed by Harmony Korine Anyone who enjoyed Korine's previous feature, the funny, surreal Mister Lonely, may have been looking forward to what he was to do next in anticipation of a further expansion into pseudo-accessible territory. Instead, Korine decided to jump off the arthouse deep end with Trash Humpers, a reasonably well-executed conceptual short that somehow found its way to an incredibly tortuous 78 minutes. An "artifact" rather than a film, Humpers is meant to act as a simulation of found art, an odd relic from an unknown universe bestowed to us through some incredibly unfortuitous happenstance. Perhaps if Korine had issued the film (shot on deliberately primitive video) anonymously in a soiled plastic bag, the film might have accomplished just such an effect after being rediscovered by the bored film students of future decades, but as it stands it's merely an intermittently funny but mostly agonizing collection of »
242 feature length pics which 95 world premiers.. Wow, I wish I was going, but our lucky Toronto correspondent Rick McGrath will be there instead. (Very lucky Toronto correspondent) Among the standouts are:
Some serious Greek weirdness I'm dying to see in Dogtooth.
Lars Von Triers insanity leaks out in Antichrist. (review)
And Locarno winner from the hip UK firm Warp X, She, A Chinese.
List of remaining flicks after the break.
North American Premiere
Mr. Nobody tells the story of Nemo (Jared Leto), the world's oldest man. In 2092, Mars has become a trendy vacation destination and humans have achieved immortality, thanks to advances in genetics. At the age of 120 years, Nemo is the last mortal left on Earth. His death is drawing near, and media from all over the world »
The subset of cinephiles who like their movies in the “I dare you to watch this” mold will likely make a quick cult item out of Taxidermia, which is easily one of the most disgusting movies ever made. György Pálfi’s dark comedy is full of sexual perversity, vomiting, and vivisection, all in service of one of those “humans are naught but meat and want” meditations that’s compelling on the surface, if perhaps philosophically empty. A triptych film spanning three generations, Taxidermia begins as the story of Csaba Czene, a soldier so sexually frustrated that he inserts »
We have the trailer as well as images in from Here Media and Regent Releasing's "Taxidermia" (a.k.a. "Taxidermie") directed by by György Pálfi. The film sees release on August 14th, 2009. The film stars Csaba Czene, Gergely Trocsanyi, Adél Stanczel, Piroska Molnar and Marc Bischoff. Pálfi also writes alongside Zsofia Ruttkay based on the short stories written by Lajos Parti Nagy. Taxidermia contains three generational stories, about a grandfather, a father, and a son, linked together by recurring motifs. The dim grandfather, an orderly during World War Two, lives in his bizarre fantasies; he desires love. The huge father seeks success as a top athlete - a speed eater - in the post-war pro-Soviet era. »
You have to say this for Hungary’s György Pálfi: though e’s just three films into his career, Pálfi has already established himself as one of the most diverse and unpredictable film makers in the world. With his first film, Hukkle, Pálfi laid out a nearly dialogue free murder mystery, punctuated only by the rhythms of the lead character’s hiccups. He followed that with Taxidermia, one of the most bizarre and disturbing and completely unclassifiable films to appear on the scene in years. And for film number three? Pálfi has come up with I Am Not Your Friend, a largely improvisational and workshopped picture developed in close collaboration with the actors and shot in a style completely at odds with Pálfi’s normal, highly structured style.
Sára loves Márk. They are going to have a baby. Márk also loves Sára - in his own way. Márk loves Sophie too. »
- Todd Brown
6 items from 2009
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