Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Down From the Clouds

Year: 2022 Runtime: 19 minutes Director/Writer: Cansu Boguslu Actors: Latvinya Ünlüer, Cansel Elcin, Özlem Conker By Valerie Kalfrin The short film “Down from the Clouds” opens with a sobering definition of love: “Giving someone the power to destroy you, and trusting them not to,” according to the title sequence.   Su (Lavinya Ünlüer, Kefaret), the young girl at the center of this story, is full of trust, telling her … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Down From the Clouds

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Cimetière

Year: 2022 Runtime: 10 minutes Director/Writer: Sophie B. Jacques Actors: Sophie B Jacques, Jason Roy-Leveillee, Marianne Farley, Marc-Andre Doucet-Beauchamp By Caelyn O’Reilly “Cimetière” is a comfortingly Halloweeny short from French-Canadian writer/director (and in this case, actor) Sophie B Jacques. It follows two people sneaking into a graveyard before beginning a probing conversation about life and death that gets very personal. I love the film’s pumpkin-flavoured … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Cimetière

Fantastic Fest Review: Bad City

Year: 2022 Runtime:  118 minutes Director: Kensuke Sonomura Writer: Hitoshi Ozawa Cast: Hitoshi Ozawa, Masanori Mimoto, Akane Sakanoue, Yoshiyuki Yamaguchi, Tak Sakaguchi, Lily Franky, Katsuya, Dan Mitsu, Masaya Kato By Harris Dang Action maestro Kensuke Sonomura is back once again! Showcasing memorable stuntwork alongside genre norms is his bread and butter and in the case of “Bad City” (2022); Sonomura has made his biggest and … Continue reading Fantastic Fest Review: Bad City

Mini Review: Like the Ones I Used to Know

Year: 2022 Runtime: 18 minutes Director/Writer: Annie St-Pierre Actors: Lilou Roy-Lanouette, Steve Laplante By Caelyn O’Reilly “Like the Ones I Used to Know” (or “Les Grandes Claques”) is the latest short film from Quebecois director Annie St-Pierre. An emotionally hard-hitting tale of a distant father and daughter at Christmas. First off, I love the way the two titles each use their different connotations to hit … Continue reading Mini Review: Like the Ones I Used to Know

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: The Letter Room

Year: 2022 Runtime: 30 minutes Director/Writer: Elvira Lind Actors: Oscar Isaac, Alia Shawkat, Brian Petsos, John Douglas Thompson, Kenneth Heaton, Eileen Galindo By Rosa Parra “The Letter Room” (2020) is a short film directed and written by Elvira Lind. Starring Oscar Isaac this film follows a correction officer who is assigned to the letter room where he must inspect every letter. Then suddenly he becomes … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: The Letter Room

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: On My Way (Neige)

Year: 2022 Runtime: 9 minutes Director/Writer: Paule Beaudoin Actors: Benjamin Déziel,Olivia Leclair By Juli Horsford “On My Way”(Neige) begins with some stunningly beautiful shots of snow falling on a street. Snow is piled on the road and director Paule Beaudoin manages to capture an intensity in the snowstorm that keeps these early scenes interesting. Then suddenly we’re inside a home with a man who has … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: On My Way (Neige)

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Public Relations

Year: 2022 Runtime: 22 minutes Director/Writer: Elle Jae Stewart Actors: Elle Jae Stewart, Marcus Henderson, Chloe Paige Flowers By Valerie Kalfrin  Billed as the proof-of-concept pilot for a series, the short “Public Relations” packs a lot of soapy drama into 22-minutes but leaves little room for developing its characters or caring what happens next.  Creator Elle Jae Stewart (The American Theatre of BEing Documentary) stars as Chelsea, a … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Public Relations

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Frimas

Year: 2022 Runtime: 20 minutes Director/Writer: Marianne Farley Actors: Karine Gonthier-Hyndman, Chantal Baril, Kent McQuaid By Valerie Kalfrin A woman stands on a snowy street, tugging her hood over her head to hide her face from the passing police cars more than the cold. Within moments, a meat truck pulls over, the driver asking what she ate that morning.  “Water lilies,” she says. Satisfied, he … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Frimas

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Joutel

Year: 2022 Runtime: 15 minutes Director/Writer: Alexa-Jeanne Dubé Cast: Marie Tifo, Pierre Curzi By Joan Amenn Joutel was a mining town in Canada and the title of this film includes the dates 1965-1998, which was the duration of the community’s existence. By drawing a metaphor for the lifespan of a place being similar to that of a human being, “Joutel” is a touchingly somber and … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: Joutel

Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: L’autre rive

Year: 2022 Runtime: 17 minutes Director/Writer: Gaëlle Graton Actors: Judith Baribeau, Rosalie Fortier By Dominic Corr The humanitarian crisis across the world continues.  If anything, it worsens.  From filmmaker Gaëlle Graton, their debut film “L’autre rive” (A Shore Away) is a passion project from the storyteller who seeks to create and engage with the awareness of social issues: particularly homelessness.  Shot on location in a working emergency … Continue reading Femme Filmmakers Festival 7 Review: L’autre rive