53rd Chicago Int’l Film Fest #2: “The Other Side of Hope” (Finland)

“The Other Side of Hope” (Finland) Directed by Aki Kaurismäki Aki Kaurismäki, probably more than any other European director, has as unique and identifiable a style as, say, Wes Anderson. Kaurismäki‘s particular brand features actors standing still as statues while delivering … Continue reading 53rd Chicago Int’l Film Fest #2: “The Other Side of Hope” (Finland)

52nd Chicago International Film Festival Screening #23: “The Together Project” (France/Iceland)

“The Together Project” (France/Iceland) Directed by Solveig Anspach This utterly goofy and highly enjoyable film from the late Solveig Anspach, might be one of the strangest (and most earnest) RomCom’s I’ve seen. At its core, it sounds simple enough…a Frenchman … Continue reading 52nd Chicago International Film Festival Screening #23: “The Together Project” (France/Iceland)

52nd Chicago International Film Festival Screening #21: “Saint George” (Portugal)

“Saint George” (Portugal) Directed by Marco Martins I don’t have a long (or any) history with Portugese cinema, so I can’t adequately tell if the style of “Saint George” (“Sao Jorge”) is typical fare. But I AM fairly conversant in … Continue reading 52nd Chicago International Film Festival Screening #21: “Saint George” (Portugal)

52nd Chicago International Film Festival Screening #18: “The Handmaiden” (South Korea)

“The Handmaiden” (South Korea) Directed by Chan-wook Park You gotta give it to Chan-wook Park (“Oldboy”, “Lady Vengeance”). He really knows how to create a beautiful looking film. He also knows how to write an epic script about incredibly simple … Continue reading 52nd Chicago International Film Festival Screening #18: “The Handmaiden” (South Korea)