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Feelin’ Iffi and the Films That Now Matter

The Goa Film Festival that was from the 22nd of November to the 2nd of December and I managed to attend the first five days. Unfortunately, I got sick just after the festival and couldn’t compile the report in time. Anyway, some of the films screened here will go on to be important during award season and since that’s around the corner, I figured I’d club my impression of the festival with reviews of the films, since I had foreshadowed some of the buzz. Please keep in mind that this is not blow-by-blow and a laundry list of films reviewed but an impression of one of the biggest Asian film celebrations and the many conversations and predictions I managed to collect.

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So, here I am at the International Film Festival of India in Goa, an anarchic carnival of cinema that is as much an index of
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Chance: The Discreet Charm of the Proletariat

Abner Benaim's Chance was beating out James Cameron's Avatar at the box office in its third week of release in its native Panama . . . and deservedly.

This hard-hitting, anti-bourgeois comedy opens with the dapper Fernando González-Dubois (Francisco Gattorno) running for political office. Interviewed on a TV news show, he avers, "I am a man of the people. My job is to work for the well-being of my country."

His "heartfelt" words start ringing empty when the camera starts exploring his home life. His wife Gloria (Isabella Santodomingo) splits her time between getting breast implants, taking classes, and shopping. His twin teen daughters are into group sex and demeaning the help.

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Nyadff 2010, 2 1/2 Weeks Of Black Cinema In NYC – #7, Panamanian Comedy “Chance”

Continuing on with my coverage of the New York African Diaspora Film Festival, which began last week, on November 26th, and will run through December 14th…

Thus far, I’ve profiled the festival opener, Africa United, which you can read Here, London River, Here, Soul Boy, Here, Goodbye Momo, Here, Venus Noire, Here, and the horror film Evil Angel, which stars Ving Rhames, Here.

Today, it’s a Panamanian comedy titled Chance, which tells the story of Toña and Paquita, the long-mistreated maids for the aristocratic González-Dubois family, who have grown tired their situation, and decide to turn the tables on their employer.

Directed by Abner Benaim, and starring Rosa Isabel Lorenzo and Aida Morales as Toña and Paquita, the maids, the film has screened in Panama, Colombia, Spain and Cuba. This, however, will be its New York premiere.

It screens this Sunday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 pm at Anthology Film Archives in lower Manhattan,
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Chance: The Discreet Charm of the Proletariat

Abner Benaim's Chance was beating out James Cameron's Avatar at the box office in its third week of release in its native Panama . . . and deservedly.

This hard-hitting, anti-bourgeois comedy opens with the dapper Fernando González-Dubois (Francisco Gattorno) running for political office. Interviewed on a TV news show, he avers, "I am a man of the people. My job is to work for the well-being of my country."

His "heartfelt" words start ringing empty when the camera starts exploring his home life. His wife Gloria (Isabella Santodomingo) splits her time between getting breast implants, taking classes, and shopping. His twin teen daughters are into group sex and demeaning the help.

read more
See full article at CultureCatch »

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