Another Viennale has finished, time for a little recap of the five movies we saw this year:
- Los labios (Ivan Fund & Santiago Loza)
This had potential, but didn’t really live up to it. Usually I’m all for mixing professional and amateur actors, but in this case it didn’t work for me. A documentary on this topic would probably haven been more interesting.
- Vincere (Marco Bellocchio)
Probably my favorite movie of this year’s festival. An interesting – and true – story, great acting and beautiful presentation, what more can you ask for?
- Un homme qui crie (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun)
A solid movie about present-day Chad. Told in a very dry manner, I really enjoyed the first half of this, but found it a bit of a drag towards the end. The lead actor was great though!
- The Oath (Laura Poitras)
A documentary about two men from Yemen who worked for Osama Bin Laden. I found this very interesting and as always it’s good to hear the other side of a story.
- Engkwentro (Pepe Diokno)
The life of two brothers in a ghetto somewhere in the Philippine – violence, drugs and gangs. This seems to have been made with a fairly low budget, and the nervous handheld camera may upset some people. Overall it was pretty interesting though and I’m glad we saw this.