Something must be said about this sidebar selection: I dedicate this section for lesser-known movies that deserved more attention. Well, “deserve” is a big word, and I’m kinda using it in a broad term here. It’s a sad truth that many of these titles can only make small waves in some festival before releasing quietly in DVD-market, if not at all. With this 2017, I focus on debut features. Three films are first-time work from that written and directed by these female filmmakers. One sets in Poland, one in America and the other in France. Ideally, I would’ve loved to review those following titles, but either they aren’t available anywhere online, or I couldn’t find a suitable subtitle for it (hence I picked Ava as my sixth option). In any case, once they’re available online, I’m gonna review them as well:
- Village Rockstars (India) by Rima Das, an Assamese language indie film that unexpectedly won the top prize at India National Film Awards, about a young village girl in northeast India wants to start her own rock band.
- Microhabitat (Korea) by Jeon Go-woon, a debut film about a thirty something year old woman who is willing to give up her basic necessities of life in order to protect what she treasures the most: cigarettes, whiskey and her boyfriend
- Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Indonesia) by Mouly Surya, which is described as a “Satay Western”, combining aspects of the feminist Western genre with an Indonesian setting. Regretfully I couldn’t find an English subtitle for it.
- Ava (Iran) by Sadaf Foroughi (Iran/ Canada), not to be confused with Ava the French film below, about the life of a high school girl in Iran becomes more complicated after her mother catches her in an act of rebellion.
- What Will People Say (Norway/ Pakistan) by Iram Hag, about a Pakistani Norwegian teenager is kidnapped and taken to Pakistan where she has never been and must learn to adapt to her parent’s culture.
As it stands, I’m pleased to welcome the three films in the Sidebar section at Day 13, Tower. A Bright Day (Poland), Revenge (France, USA) and Ava (France). Enjoy!