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The 34th São Paulo International Film Festival (site), which opened on Friday and runs through November 4, is partnering with Mubi to make a dozen shorts and over 50 features it's screening available online — for free — to viewers in Brazil.
A sampling of the highlights would include Red Light Revolution (the site has a trailer), written and directed by Sam Voutas (who appeared in Lu Chuan's City of Life and Death) and flying in the face of expectations many might have of Chinese cinema — it's a comedy about opening a sex shop in a conservative Beijing neighborhood.
Back in January, John Anderson wrote in Variety that "William S Burroughs has been overripe for the kind of substantive, stylistically simpatico docu treatment he gets from helmer Yony Leyser, whose William S Burroughs: A Man Within does real justice to the Beat writer, gun nut and literary icon."
Sexy and offbeat, Bloomington is a fantastic little drama from writer-director Fernanda Cardoso. Smartly playing with – and even subverting - the teacher-student lesbian romance, it's a refreshing treat in a summer swimming with overdone melodramas.
Sarah Stouffer plays Jacqueline, a child star that has grown up and decided to go to college in Bloomington. She navigates the hallways and quadrangles just fine, but comes across an uncomfortable student population who alternatively fawns over her, (as big fans of Neptune 26, her cult TV series) or cast disapproving looks at the pampered ex-star.
Jackie herself hates the attention. As a straight-edged girl with a solid head on her shoulders, she honestly wants to learn – and get away from her obnoxious mother. She quickly takes on two majors, (English Literature and Psychology, of course) and buckles down with a study group of uneasy buddies.
As it turns out, she's trying to escape from tragedy, »
- Danielle Riendeau
Jane Lynch (top); Clay Liford‘s Earthling (upper middle); Jan Krüger‘s Light Gradient (lower middle); "Boy Shorts": Juan Chappa, Martin Deus‘ Amor crudo / Raw Love (bottom) Plan B, Children Of God, Sasha: Outfest 2010 (July 10) More Outfest 2010 highlights on Saturday, July 10: Clay Liford‘s Earthling, Jan Krüger‘s Ruckenwind / Light Gradient, Fernanda Cardoso‘s Bloomington, the "Boys Shorts" and "Cherry Bombs" short compilations, and "A Conversation with Jane Lynch." In the sci-fi/thriller Earthling, a schoolteacher (lots of teachers in those Outfest movies) — played by Rebecca Spence — finds out there’s more to her student/girlfriend than she could possibly have imagined. "A film for anyone who ever felt like they were on the wrong planet," explains the Outfest website. Sounds like a must-see. In Light Gradient, "two young lovers, Johann and Robin [Sebastian Schlecht, Eric Golub], embark on a mini road-trip on bikes to explore the mysteries of the deep woods »
- Andre Soares
Manuel Vignau, Lucas Ferraro in Marco Berger‘s Plan B (top); Fernanda Cardoso‘s Bloomington (bottom) Synopses from the Outfest website for Saturday, July 10. Plan B Best-laid plans are put to the test in this topsy-turvy romantic comedy from Argentina. After being dumped by Anna, Bruno secretly befriends Anna’s new boyfriend Pablo in an attempt to stay close to her. When Bruno discovers that Pablo once dated a man, he decides to use his own sex appeal to seduce Pablo away from Anna, but balancing Anna’s booty calls with his fast-moving friendship with Pablo leads to an unexpected personal dilemma. Sasha Growing up is hard to do. For Sasha, an awkward Montenegrin-German teen, the everyday pangs of adolescence – nosy immigrant family, tedious piano practice, unsatisfied "girlfriend" – don’t stop there. He must also contend with his budding homosexuality and unbridled attraction to his piano teacher. What starts as »
- Andre Soares
4 items from 2010
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