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This Möbius strip of a story by Tom McCarthy is both intriguing and alienating
The feature debut from the Israeli-born, Berlin-based visual artist and film-maker Omer Fast is a slippery, enigmatic adaptation of the novel by Tom McCarthy. Following a young man (Tom Sturridge) along a Möbius strip of a story from a traumatic brain injury through the recovery of his memories, the film invites comparison with Synecdoche, New York, Donnie Darko and Memento. The glossy chill of the tone is both intriguing and alienating – it draws us in, but holds us at arm’s length.
Sturridge’s character – he is never named – receives a massive payout following a freak accident. He uses it to recreate the fragments of memory from a past life – an apartment building, an elderly lady who endlessly cooks liver, a trio of cats on a roof, a boy. All of this is achieved with the help of a super fixer, »
- Wendy Ide
Directed by Omer Fast.
A London man attempts to reconstruct his memory after being struck by a falling object.
1. The faculty by which the mind stores and remembers information.
2. Something remembered from the past.
3. A potentially faltering and problematic thing with the capacity to occlude and confuse.
In Remainder, the feature film debut from Omer Fast, an intricately woven web of ideas and codes is constructed, both on-screen and off. The viewer is lured into a perplexing thriller that brings philosophical vision into a detailed run through of noir-ish themes and psychological horror plays. Adapted from Tom McCarthy’s cult novel, the movie shares the disturbing nature of films as diverse as Memento, Mulholland Drive, Pi and Spellbound.
Fast is an acclaimed visual artist well versed in the mind’s potential for playing tricks on an individual. »
- Robert W Monk
Brilliantly tense UK crime drama Line Of Duty is back with more corruption, more action and lots of guns…
This review contains spoilers (incl. for Line Of Duty series 1 and 2).
Admit it, you thought you had Sgt Danny Waldron’s number from the moment he unloaded three bullets into that suspect’s head too. Here we go, I told myself, another bent copper murdering a witness to his no-doubt shady gangland dealings. He’s a bully, I thought, watching him intimidate his team and cockily bat away AC-12’s accusations. Probably a psychopath to boot, judging by those robotic powers of observation and recitation of procedural chapter and verse. ‘Run for your life, dry-white-wine-Rachel!’ I inwardly urged, as the pair swapped numbers.
As if new films from the Coens and Jeff Nichols weren’t enough, the 2016 Berlin Film Festival has further expanded their line-up, adding some of our most-anticipated films of the year. Mia Hansen-Løve, following up her incredible, sadly overlooked drama Eden, will premiere the Isabelle Huppert-led Things to Come, while Thomas Vinterberg, Lav Diaz, André Téchiné, and many more will stop by with their new features. Check out the new additions below, followed by some previously announced films, notably John Michael McDonagh‘s War on Everyone.
Cartas da guerra (Letters from War)
By Ivo M. Ferreira (Na Escama do Dragão)
Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad! (A Dragon Arrives!)
With Amir Jadidi, Homayoun Ghanizadeh, Ehsan Goudarzi, Kiana Tajammol
Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) – documentary
Italy / France
- Jordan Raup
4 items from 2016
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