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Minnal Murali, Review: Two bolts from the blue

Minnal Murali, Review: Two bolts from the blue Minnal Murali’s première at the Mumbai Film Festival, on 16 December, was a grand affair. The venue was the recently constructed Jio World Drive in Mumbai’s Bandra-Kurla Complex, and drinks and snacks were waiting for those who arrived early. The cast and crew were present too. Viewing the film came with an embargo that no reviews should be posted before December the 24th, the day of its release directly through the streaming p...

IFFI 52, 040: Koozhangal is India’s Oscar nomination

IFFI 52, 040: Koozhangal is India’s Oscar nomination Koozhangal (Pebbles), India’s official nomination to Oscars, delineates the pain and sufferings of a child and a mother, both victims of marital abuse. “It’s a simple story told in the simplest form. And it is borrowed from my life itself. The film is based on the sufferings that my sister and her small child went through due to an alcoholic husband”, said the director of this Tamil film, Vinothraj P.S., at a ...

IFFI 52, 039: “We are just here to make honest cinema,”—Ganesh Hegde

IFFI 52, 039: “We are just here to make honest cinema,”—Ganesh Hegde To be or not to be. The very same existential question that vexed Hamlet in Shakespeare’s timeless eponymous play is what troubles 10-year-old boy Sidda, albeit in a somewhat different avatar. Having been forced to bid adieu to the pristine beauty and serenity of his village, the young boy is confronted with the inevitability of having to choose between the chaotic and alienating hustle of the city, t...

Pushpa-The Rise – Part 1, Review: Cross your legs

Pushpa-The Rise – Part 1, Review: Cross your legs Having steadfastly kept away from the staple diet of Telugu dubbed in Hindi dished out on a few TV channels 24 x 7, one was not aware of what one was in for when one went to see the press preview of Pushpa at the invitation of a major, local PR agency, albeit with a notice of 11 hours. Firstly, an eponymous film, the title is an abbreviation of PushpaRaj. Pushpa, by itself, means a flower, and is feminine. You might be pardoned for recal...

Chandigrah Kare Aashiqui, Review: Engendered species

Chandigrah Kare Aashiqui, Review: Engendered species A film that takes a taboo subject head-on, but takes its own time to get there, Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui is handicapped by its own title. Running on three, or rather, three-and-a-half parallel tracks, the film has nothing to justify Chandigarh Kare Aashiqui, except that it is set in the north Indian city of Chandigarh. Its lead pair turns in largely convincing performances, and when it comes to using language that is brazen and bold, to it ...

Velle, Review: R4=Raw, rash, rant, rabble

Velle, Review: R4=Raw, rash, rant, rabble When you have to wait for an hour to see a film like Velle, it is like rubbing salt into wounds that have yet to be inflicted. That it lasts a mere two hours and five minutes is among the saving graces of the film. Touting a poster that says ‘phasey’ (meaning ‘phansey’ or trapped) and a middle finger rising up, you should probably be able to guess what the film might be like. After seeing the film, you will still not have any i...

2021 live music + film performance - full concert!

Relive the magic of Mirror Mountain Film Festival’s epic 2021 live music + film performance! Ottawa singer-songwriter Kimberly Sunstrum and filmmaker Hingman Leung collaborated on an original audio-visual experience that combined songs with unique cinematic visuals created in real time. Full video: https://bit.ly/3EGFV9D ...

2021 live music + film performance highlights: "Fix It"

One of the high points of our 2021 live music + film performance was the electrifying closing number, “Fix It,” sung by Kimberly Sunstrum with cinematic visuals created by filmmaker Hingman Leung. See some of their amazing collaboration here: https://bit.ly/3we1taF Co-presented by Girls+ Rock Ottawa. Cover photo by Adrienne Row-Smith. Full video of this epic show coming very soon!   ...

2021 live music + film performance highlights: "The Train"

Revisit a highlight of the stunning live music + film performance from our 2021 festival. Watch as Ottawa singer-songwriter Kimberly Sunstrum performs their song “The Train,” with live visuals created in real time by local filmmaker Hingman Leung! Link: https://bit.ly/3EKysGS Co-presented by Girls+ Rock Ottawa. More video from this epic show coming very soon! ...

Babloo Bachelor, Review: Bachelor and the marriage lure

Babloo Bachelor, Review: Bachelor and the marriage lure Of all the themes that have been chosen for making Hindi films over the last several decades, marriage is the most common. Till the dawn of the 21st century, a host of film scripts were woven around the boy-meets-girl, they cannot marry due to a plethora of reasons, the most common being inequality of status, a villain was added for effect, and it all ended well. Now, with mobile phones, social media, so many mixed marriages and live-ins...

Megan Griffiths’ ‘Year of the Fox’ Starring Sarah Jeffery, Jane Adams, Jake Weber and Balthazar Getty Wraps

Year of the Fox, the latest feature film from acclaimed director Megan Griffiths (Lucky Them, Eden, The Off Hours), has just wrapped. The film, which was filmed in Washington state, stars starring Jane Adams, Jake Weber, Balthazar Getty, and as the lead, Sarah Jeffery (Shades of Blue, Charmed Reboot).   Megan Griffiths Written by Eliza Flug, Year of the Fox is a fictionalized depiction of teenage experiences and personal encounters Flug had while growing up in Aspen, Colorado, duri...

Splendid Land, Review: Xinjiang is a many splendoured place

Splendid Land, Review: Xinjiang is a many splendoured place The China-Greece co-production documentary, Splendid Land, directed by Eleni Vlassi and Jin Huaqing, presents the wonderful land of Xinjiang, China and its ancient customs, through a musician pursuing the Mukam music and the spectacular landscape.  Seldom has so much splendour been captured in such a short span. The film is only twenty minutes long, but it flows along seamlessly, and when it ends, you are left craving for more. ...

Dilli Kaand, Review: Those that rape and those that gape

Dilli Kaand, Review: Those that rape and those that gape When a film is delayed six years in its release, its fate is more or less sealed. Dilli Kaand was launched in August 2015 and sees the light of day on 24 September 2021. Of course, the delay of the last 18 months can be attributed to the Covid 19 Coronavirus pandemic, when cinema-halls remained shut, but the six-year delay cannot be explained by Covid. Even now, cinema halls have only opened in some states of India, with conditions impo...

2021 festival photos

  Visit our Facebook page to see some great photos of our 2021 festival by Adrienne Row-Smith! Adrienne snapped awesome shots of the Kimberly Sunstrum x Hingman Leung live music + film performance, our technicians hard at work, and Q&As with filmmakers from the New Visions and Moving Images programs! Photos here: https://bit.ly/3sGT79N ...

Tickets and passes on sale now!

  Tickets and passes for Mirror Mountain Film Festival are on sale now!   Passes let you access all of this year’s film programming from July 24 – 25. Have the entire 2021 lineup at your fingertips!   If you’re just looking to watch an individual program or a single screening block, then tickets are the option for you! Tickets grant access to one program only from July 24 – 25.    Both are available now at www.mirrormountain.vhx.tv/p...

LAST DAY to submit your film!

  LAST DAY to submit your film for this summer’s Mirror Mountain Film Festival! We want to see original, unique, independent and alternative expressions from the world’s most creative minds! Use the discount code ENTERTHEMIRRORMOUNTAIN on @filmfreeway and save 25% on submission fees. Submit here: http://bit.ly/1wgqagA ...

4 days left to submit your film!

  Just 4 days left to submit your film for this year’s Mirror Mountain Film Festival! Seeking original films from the world's most unique creative minds - drama, comedy, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, documentary, animation, experimental, music videos, dance films and more! Use the discount code ENTERTHEMIRRORMOUNTAIN on FilmFreeway and save 25% on submission fees. Offer ends June 7th. Submit here: http://bit.ly/1wgqagA ...

8 days left to submit!

Just 8 days left to submit your film for Mirror Mountain Film Festival’s 5th edition! Use the discount code ENTERTHEMIRRORMOUNTAIN on FilmFreeway and save 25% on submission fees. We’re looking for original films from the world's most unique creative minds - short, medium and feature-length! Offer ends June 7th. More info: http://bit.ly/1wgqagA ...

12 days left to submit!

  Only 12 days left to submit your film to Mirror Mountain Film Festival! Use the discount code ENTERTHEMIRRORMOUNTAIN on FilmFreeway and save 25% on submission fees. We want to see your independent drama, comedy, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, documentary, animation, experimental, music videos, dance films and more! Submissions for our 2021 edition close June 7th. More info: http://bit.ly/1wgqagA ...

25% off film submissions

  Special offer! Get 25% off film submissions to Mirror Mountain Film Festival for a limited time. Use the discount code ENTERTHEMIRRORMOUNTAIN on FilmFreeway and save! Now accepting indie drama, comedy, sci-fi, horror, fantasy, documentary, animation, experimental, music videos, dance films and more! Offer expires June 7th 2021. More info: http://bit.ly/1wgqagA ...

Vertical Entertainment to Release Director Jon Carlo’s First Feature ‘Feral State’ on Digital, VOD and All Streaming Platforms

Vertical Entertainment is set to release Jon Carlo’s feature directorial debut Feral State on digital, VOD, and all streaming platforms in the territories of North America (USA, Canada and Mexico), United Kingdom and Ireland on May 28. Written and directed by Jon Carlo (Mob Town, First We Take Brooklyn), Feral State stars AnnaLynne McCord, Octavio Pisano, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Jaden Piner, Baldur Thor and Sif Saga. Feral State will premiere on Apple TV and Amazo...

Das Kapital is beaten at its own game... (in the wake of pandemic...)

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London, Paris, New York, Shanghai, the world capitals, bustling metropoles – they are all deserted, empty streets, paranoid faces, shut down restaurants, lifeless cafes, silent theaters. The entire scenes reflect some mystery or thriller from Frederic Forsyth novel. Being a longtime Parisian I see that the life here in Paris and everywhere around the world has turned into a surreal picture. Pandemic has affected not only the outlook of life, it has also entered into people’s psych. ...

Dr. Raymond Foery honors James W. Hawk

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Dr. Raymond Foery, Professor Emeritus Quinnipiac University Film, Television, and Media Arts, recently honored James W. Hawk by saying that he is, “A truly imaginative filmmaker with a highly sophisticated sense of cinematic acuity.”  Dr. Foery has been a professor at Quinnipiac University for more than 30 years. He received his undergraduated degree at the University of Notre Dame, his advanced degrees where conferred by Columbia University. His book “The Last Masterpiec...

Kannada Film ‘‘Illiralare Allige Hogalare’’ directed by Girish Kasaravalli reviewed by film critic Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI)

Girish Kasaravalli's film ‘‘Can Neither Stay Here, Nor Journey Beyond’’ depicts how archaic societal norms render human existence miserable !!!!  Kannada Film ‘‘Illiralare Allige Hogalare’’ directed by Girish Kasaravalli. A review by film critic Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI) dated 04.02.2021 Childhood is the most important stage in a human being’s life. It is an age where one is relatively free from worries. This is the reason why most hu...

8th Film of ''Navarasa'' series : 'Malayalam film ''Hasyam'' directed by Jayaraj. A review by Mr. Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI)

''Hasyam'' : An ingeniously amusing film by veteran Malayalam director Jayaraj which deals with ''death' as a serious business albeit in a pleasantly humorous vein !!!! 02/02/2021 © Lalit Rao (FIPRESCI)     ‘‘The denial of death’’ written in 1973 by famous American cultural anthropologist Ernest Becker is one of the few great books of 20th century. It discusses the most fundamental problem of mankind, ‘the fear of deat...

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