4 items from 2011
Dealing with the tenuousness and unreliability of memory, Jonathan Sagall has crafted a sophomore feature that isn’t easy to shake. An Israeli-raised, Canadian-born filmmaker, many at the Toronto International Film Festival were interested to discover why he chose to tell a story about two Palestinian women. Attempting to remain as politically correct and honest as possible, his response was a resounding, “This is a story about people”. To Sagall, his work doesn’t deal with two sides of a never-ending war or two religions at odds with one another. Whereas audience members wanted an underlying salacious manifesto of political turmoil, they received the complicated love story built around the loss of innocence found on its surface. The message would be the same if the characters were Jewish, Muslim, Christian, male, or female. Those attributes are merely details in the grand scope of the unforgettable horror soon revealed, one that »
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Written by Jonathan Sagall
Directed by Jonathan Sagall
Armed with understatement and nuance, director Jonathan Sagall has created in Lipstikka the sort of film that demands a careful viewing and prolonged digestion. I find myself writing this review several days after having seen the film—not out of laziness, but because I required the time to think it over. It’s the type of thing that, once ended, demands to be experienced a second time in order to be properly understood.
Lipstikka is through-and-through an intimate drama. It takes place in London (at the present) and is intercut with flashbacks (to London in the past and Ramallah further in the past). However, the real setting of the film is the emotional landscape between Lara (Clara Khoury, The Syrian Bride) and Inam (Nataly Attiya, Yom Yom), lifelong friends and erstwhile lovers (young Lara and Inam are played by Ziv Weiner and Moran Rosenblatt, »
- Dave Robson
Eran Kolirin's The Band's Visit Josephine Baker, Abbas Kiarostami, The Band's Visit, The Battle Of Algiers: Arabs & Muslims on TCM Schedule (Et) and synopses from the TCM website: 8:00 Pm Princess Tam Tam (1935) A French novelist passes off a Tunisian shepherdess as royalty to get back at his cheating wife. Dir: Max Montagu Cast: Josephine Baker, Albert Prejean, Germaine Aussey. Bw-77 mins 9:30 Pm The Band's Visit (2007) An Egyptian police band gets lost in Israel. Dir: Eran Kolirin Cast: Saleh Bakri, Khalifa Natour, Ronit Elkabetz. C-87 mins Letterbox Format 11:15 Pm Rana's Wedding (2003) When her father orders her to marry, a Palestinian girl searches for her lover in occupied Jerusalem. Dir: Hany Abu-Assad Cast: Ismael Dabbagh, Clara Khoury, Khalifa Natour. C-86 mins Letterbox Format 1:00 Am The Battle Of Algiers (1967) Algiers revolts against the French Foreign Legion. Dir: Gillo Pontecorvo Cast: Jean Martin, Yacef Saadi, Brahim Haggiag. Bw- »
- Andre Soares
Rating: 0.5 out of 5 stars
When the director of Nader and Simin, A Separation, the Iranian Asghar Farhadi, was asked what he made of being in the same competition as an Israeli film here at Berlinale, he was noble in sentiment. “Films are very expensive to make” he said, “so I hope they can all win prizes regardless of which country they are from.” Everybody applauded this spirit of cinematic brotherhood and we all felt that a blow had been struck in the name of world peace. It was an emotional time.
Yet had Farhadi the chance to see that rival film, Odem (or Lipstick in English), I’d like to think he’d have been less diplomatic. Odem is without a shadow of a doubt the single worst film I have seen in the official selection. It is one of the worst films I have ever seen in any context in fact, »
- Robert Beames
4 items from 2011
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