London East Asian Film Festival 2016 - Thailand Today

In this second piece spotlighting some of the selections for the London East Asian Film Festival, two films about Thailand. One, a vision from home from new Thai talent Anocha Suwichakornpong in her enigmatic, alluring By The Time It Gets Dark; and the other from a Japanese filmmaker looking in,…

London East Asian Film Festival 2016 - Nasty Neighbours

Notes on two Japanese films that played at the London East Asian Film Festival. Two difficult, uncomfortable films from well known Japanese auteurs that both play upon suburban anxieties and the fears and discomforts within the home, with differing levels of success. In both films, welcoming an outsider into the…

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016 - Kamper

Over the course of Łukasz Grzegorzek’s feature debut Kamper, Mania (Marta Nieradkiewicz) re-peatedly tells her husband Kamper (Piotr Żurawski) that he is “stupid for real.” First with affection then increasingly with the kind of exhaustion that comes from dealing with someone who can’t take a hint. Kamper details…

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2016 - The Days That Confused

Youth comes in various shapes and forms. In rural Estonia - if Triin Ruumet's The Days That Confused is to be believed - it involves a lot of drink, drugs, violence and 90’s eurotrash. “Life is one long party,” the film’s protagonist Allar remarks wistfully. For a film…