Fear & Loathing At TIFF 2013, Part 2: In The End, Every Festival Is The Same

CHAPTER 4: CUSTOMS & COSTUMESWe haven't even reached the U.S. Canadian border and the trip has already turned into a Kafkaesque nightmare turned FX series. I desperately need a drink.  My hands are trembling at the wheel and my foot... More »
  

TIFF 2013 Review: iNUMBER NUMBER Brings Reservoir Dogs To South Africa

Sweating men, decaying industrial wasteland and corruption of all stripes are all front and center in iNumber Number, an esoteric name for a movie that is all other respects is tight as drumskin.  Consider it Reservoir Rats, only replace Tarantino's... More »
  

Stellar Extended Trailer For Toronto Selected South African Heist Film iNUMBER NUMBER

Looking for an under the radar title that could break out from the crowded field at the Toronto International Film Festival? Donovan Marsh's South African heist film iNumber Number looks like it could be the one. Gritty and stylish action... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Stylish Action From South Africa In iNUMBER NUMBER Trailer

Director Donovan Marsh has hit these pages before thanks to his coming of age comedy Spud - which features John Cleese in a supporting role - but he's mining entirely different ground with his Toronto selected action film iNumber Number.... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Happy Birthday Madiba! The Beautiful Teaser For MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM

Nelson Mandela - affectionately known by his clan name, Madiba - turns 95 today. The anti-apartheid revolutionary, and first democratically elected South African president, remains gravely ill in a Johannesburg hospital, and all of South Africa is in slow mourning... More »
  

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2013 Returns to NYC With An Impressive Slate of Provocative Films From Around the Globe

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival, now in its 24th edition, returns to New York from June 13 through 23 with 20 films, 18 documentaries and 2 fiction films, with screenings at the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the... More »
  

Review: CALL ME KUCHU Sheds Light on Gays' Plight in Uganda

There hasn't been a lot of good P.R. for civil rights in Uganda in the last few years, what with its parliament's proposed legislation that would make homosexual activity punishable by death. Call Me Kuchu, a powerful documentary by first-time... More »
  

Review: The Paul Walker Vehicle VEHICLE 19 Is Fast And Thoughtful

Michael Woods (Paul Walker) is eager to reconnect with his ex-wife. So eager in fact that he travels to South Africa where she works at the US embassy. As soon as he arrives he hires a car, is given the... More »
  

More Letters! More Death! Iglesia, Sono, Natali And More Anchor THE ABCs OF DEATH 2!

Are you ready for a second lesson in mortality? Because word is out today that horror anthology The ABCs Of Death is getting a sequel and the initial lineup includes some big names from all around the world with a... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Hot Docs 2013 Review: WILLIAM AND THE WINDMILL Subverts the Expected TEDtalk Narrative

What exactly is William and The Windmill about?  Is it the story of a resourceful and ingenious young Malawi boy who builds a windmill from available detritus using diagrams in a book so his parents have a way to... More »
  

Seattle Intl. Film Fest Reveals First 'African Pictures' Program

Late last year, the Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF) announced that it had received a three-year grant from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to design a program that would highlight the "diverse and burgeoning hotbed of filmmaking... More »
  

Berlinale 2013 Review: LAYLA FOURIE Isn't The Paranoid Polygraph Thriller It Could Have Been

Aristotle wrote that audiences will always allow for coincidences that put the protagonist in a worse position than before, but not vice versa. However, after seeing Layla Fourie, I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with the master here. In... More »
  

IFFR 2013 Review: NAIROBI HALF LIFE Entertains At High Speed

(Crime doesn't pay... but it can further your acting career!) In 2010 the International Film Festival Rotterdam dedicated an entire programme section to films from Africa, and there has been a strong African presence at the festival ever since. This... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Black Movie 2013 Review: TODAY (AUJOURD'HUI) Puts a New Spin on Dying

Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE From Ikiru to The Bucket List, there are already a number of movies made about people who find out they have a short time to live. However, I can safely say... More »
  

Review: THE PIROGUE, A Tragically Familiar Yet Well-Told Tale of a Perilous Sea Voyage

A recurring visual motif in Moussa Touré's affecting and often harrowing sea drama The Pirogue consists of a simple yet quietly commanding camera move: the scanning of faces. These are the faces of 30 men, and one woman stowaway, who... More »
  

Slamdance 2013 Review: FYNBOS Is A Brilliantly Anti-Cathartic Piece Of Cinema

A young white woman in high heels walks down a street in a black working-class neighborhood. Though clearly on edge, she walks with a purpose. She pauses at a row of trash cans. Clothes billow in the wind, threaded on... More »
  

Haunting First Trailer For Berlin And Slamdance Selected Thriller FYNBOS

Selected for both the Berlin and Slamdance film festivals following a world premiere in Durban, award winning commercial director Harry Patramanis has crafted a unique and haunting dramatic thriller with his debut feature, Fynbos.A real estate developer, on the brink... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Witness The Peculiar World Of Fantasy Coffins In PAA JOE: DEAD NOT BURIED

Why spend eternity in a box when you can spend it in a lion? That's a very fundamental question for Paa Joe, a Ghanaian craftsman of 'fantasy coffins'. And what, praytell, is a fantasy coffin? It's a coffin that's more... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

African Folk Tales Come To Life In KWAKU ANANSE

If you - like me - first became aware of African trickster spirit Ananse through Neil Gaiman's Anansi Boys, here's your chance for something a little bit more authentic.Akosua Adoma Owusu's Ghanaian short film Kwaku Ananse comes supported by the... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

South Africa Gets Its GREASE On With Box Office Hit PRETVILLE

It's got singing, dancing and bobby sox and a week into its South African theatrical run, the Afrikaans language, 50s set musical Pretville is proving tough to beat. Clearly taking a page from the Grease playbook, Pretville has opened to... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
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