6 items from 2012
DVD Release Date: Aug. 21, 2012
Price: DVD $27.99
Studio: Strand Releasing
Julio (Diego Noguera) is a struggling young writer who has hit a wall. Unemployed and involved in a half-hearted relationship with his neighbor (Trinidad Gonzalez), things are finally starting to look up when he gets an interview with a renowned author Hugo Medina) to transcribe his latest work. Things don’t go as planned, however, and Julio doesn’t get the job. Instead of admitting the truth to his girlfriend, he pretends to be transcribing the novel when actually writing his own story. Searching for inspiration and a plot, Julio revisits a romance with a woman (Nathalia Galgani) he had eight years ago when studying literature in Valdivia.
Helmed and written by first-time feature film director Cristián Jiménez, »
This weekly column is intended to provide reviews of nearly every new indie release. This week's capsules are written by Indiewire's Chief Film Critic, Eric Kohn along with other contributors as noted. Reviews This Week: "Bonsai" "The Cup" "Girl in Progress" "God Bless America" "Nobody Else But You" "Hick" "I Wish" "Otter 501" "Portrait of Wally" "The Road" "Tonight You're Mine" "Under African Skies" "Where Do We Go Now?" "You Are Here" "Bonsái" "At the end of this film, Emilia dies and Julia remains alone." So begins the voiceover in the opening minutes of Chilean director Cristián Jiménez's charming second feature, which follows struggling writer Julio (Diego Noguera) in two separate time periods. »
The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists (U)
Aardman sets sail on seas of clay, in what feels more like an animated Blackadder than Pirates Of The Caribbean. Grant's inept rogue is good company, falling foul (or rather fowl) of Queen Victoria and Charles Darwin in a nonsensical, if inconsequential, romp that's lifted, as usual, by Aardman's eccentric details and fine craftsmanship.
Into The Abyss (12A)
(Werner Herzog, 2011, Us/UK/Ger) 107 mins
Herzog studies a Texas homicide from all angles, building less a polemic against the death penalty than a humane survey of death and loss.
Panahi boldly defies his own house arrest by "not making" a film within his apartment, the confinement provoking a profound questioning of cinema itself.
Wrath Of The Titans (12A)
- Steve Rose
Christián Jiménez's second feature could be quirky but is instead a crisp, subtle drama on the life and loves of an aspiring writer
The first time aspiring writer Julio (Noguera) gets into bed with fellow student Emilia (Galgani), there's a rectangle of white flesh on his chest from where he's sunbathed with Proust on the go. Chilean director Cristián Jiménez looks all set to head into Wes Anderson quirk, but his second film develops more discerningly: it's a secretive, subtly meta meditation on love and life, as an older Julio weaves in details of his first fling into a manuscript he reads aloud to his latest girlfriend (she thinks it's something he's typing up for another writer). The titular bonsai both becomes the death knell for Julio and Emilia's relationship, and a symbol of the reality-pruning consolations of fiction. Jiménez's drama is crisply imprinted; another fine recent Chilean effort.
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- Phil Hoad
Bonsái (2011), Chilean director and writer Cristián Jiménez's follow up to 2009's Optical Illusions realises the tale of a handsome and philosophical literary student, first love and fact vs. fiction. his latest effort still bears some of the postmodern leanings of his debut, but this precise and beautifully photographed (by cinematographer Inti Briones) adaptation of Alejandro Zambra's celebrated novella looks more wryly at the close bond between young lovers, saving face and creating alternate truths.
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The 29th Annual Miami International Film Festival have announced the winners at this year's festival. Cristián Jiménez's "Bonsái" took the Knight Foundation Grand Jury Prize in the Ibero-American competition, while Bart Layton's "The Imposter" won the award in the Ibero-American Documentary category. "This has truly been a memorable Festival with enlightening and educational films," said Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, president of Miami Dade College. “Congratulations to the winners, [executive director] Jaie [Laplante], the entire Miff and college teams, and all the volunteers who make our beloved festival possible." One hundred films from 35 countries screened during the 10-day festival. Full press release below: The 29th Annual Miami International Film Festival Honors Grand Jury Prize Winners in Ibero-American, Documentary and Short Film Categories at Awards Night Ceremony »
- Devin Lee Fuller
6 items from 2012
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