Lena Dunham writes, directs and stars in, Tiny Furniture. This is the Dunham’s second feature film and her first, Creative Nonfiction, premiered at SXSW in March 2009.
The 22-year-old Aura returns to live with her artist mother, after her boyfriend leaves her to ‘find himself’. All Aura has is a useless film theory degree (not at all familiar), 357 hits on her Youtube page, and a dying hamster. Clearly, she’s one of life’s winners. This marks the arrival of the female slackers of 2012.
Corpo Celeste is set deep in the south of Italy and it’s the story of Marta, a 13-year-old girl who is struggling to adapt to life in her native homeland after a 10-year stay in Switzerland. Corpo Celeste marks the debut of Alice Rohrwacher, and her film looks to be a sensitive discussion concerning the moral and religious layers that can smother adolescence.
Noomi Rapace stars in Norwegian thriller Babycall, which is something of a departure for the actress, who as of late has been busy starring in Hollywood epics; Sherlock Holmes 2 and the forthcoming Sci-Fi extravaganza, Prometheus. Rapace plays Anna, a single mother who moves with her eight-year-old son to a new flat, outside Oslo, to escape her violent husband.
Anna is petrified that her husband will find them, and is under heavy surveillance by the social services. One day Anna decides to buy a babycall, so her son doesn’t have to sleep in her bed. However, the babycall appears to pick-up the screams of a child, who lives somewhere in the block of flats. So, are Anna and her son safe from her violent husband, and what of this tormented child, who they hear screaming?
This week’s top pick was an easy choice, despite strong competition. Bavarian film director, Werner Herzog, is on one hell of a roll after his move to America, with hit after hit, since 2009’s, My Son, My Son, What have Ye Done, and fortunately, his current success shows no sign of waning.
Into The Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life is part of Herzog’s ‘Death Row’ project, which also includes a collection of shorter TV films -and it is a film I have been awaiting, for some time now. It’s a documentary exploring violent crimes and their consequences, not just for the individuals involved, but society at large.
Herzog focuses his documentary upon Michael Perry and Jason Burkett, both of whom were convicted of a triple homicide, committed in their home state of Texas. While Burkett didn’t receive the death penalty, Perry was interviewed on camera just days before his execution. Along with these interviewees, Herzog also talks to their families and those of the victims, and those who are intimately involved in the administration of execution. This should be a fascinating subject for Herzog to investigate, a subject which conjures up the movie maestro’s favourite themes.
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