Despite the rise of LGBTQ+ films in recent years, films that revolve around young lesbians remain hard one to come by. This is why Desiree Akhavan’s second feature “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” has been one of the films I was most excited to see this year after it premiered at Sundance, where it won the Grand Jury Prize. It’s a film that perfectly balances comedy and drama; it is funny without being incongruous and is tragic without being exploitative.
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The rise of iPhone films is upon us and despite what some might think (eg: real films are shot on film!), it is a good rise. Sean Baker’s “Tangerine” led the way and Steven Soderbergh is one of the directors to follow. It’s a method that will inspire young and financially limited filmmakers and as one myself, I am delighted by it. Shot secretly and in ten days, “Unsane” tells the story of Sawyer Valentini (played by the gorgeous, talented, showstopping, my celebrity crush-ahem- Claire Foy), who is involuntarily committed to a mental institution. As if that wasn’t enough, she is forced to face her greatest fear there, her stalker David (Joshua Leonard). But *drum rolls* is it really him, or just her imagination?
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(Rachel² in Disobedience)
Since it’s premiere at TIFF, “Disobedience” has been one of the films I’m most excited to see. After all, it’s not everyday that you see Rachel Weisz spitting into Rachel McAdams’ mouth in an Orthodox Jewish drama. By the director of this year’s Best Foreign Picture winner “A Fantastic Woman” Sebastián Lelio, “Disobedience” tells the story of two women’s desire for each other and their struggle of being who they are in a domineering Orthodox Jewish community. Ronit (Weisz), a photographer who lives a secular life in New York, returns to her community in London after the death of her father who is a rabbi. Upon her return she finds out her two childhood friends Esti (McAdams) and Dovid (Alessandro Nivola) got married and the sparks from her old relationship with Esti are still there. Ronit and Esti’s rediscovery of their desire becomes a problem for the community and Dovid, who is to take Ronit’s father’s place as rabbi. The film opens with rabbi’s speech on free will which shortly becomes his last words and one of the main themes of the film. Despite some flaws, “Disobedience” is a great film about empowerment and complex relationship between one’s self and community with wonderful performances by Rachel² and Nivola.
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Turkey’s biggest film festival, the Istanbul International Film Festival is here! The festival takes place between 6th to 16th of April all over Istanbul with screenings of the latest films from Turkish and World cinema, events and a celebration of Ingmar Bergman’s 100th birthday. Whilst we’ll be all over the town to see three films a day, we’ve gathered our 8 must see films at the festival for you!
From the director of “A Fantastic Woman”, this year’s Best Foreign Film at the Academy Awards, Sebastian Lelio, “Disobedience” tells the story of a woman who returns to her Jewish community years after being shunned for her same sex attraction to a childhood friend and how their passion reignites after meeting each other once again. Starring Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz, the film received good reception at TIFF where it premiered. “Disobedience” is already one of the most anticipated films of the year for its stellar performances and its subject matter. It’ll premiere as one of the films of Vodafone’s Red Galas at the festival.
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