GFF2022 Review: The Worst Person in the World

Year: 2021 Runtime: 128 minutes Director: Joachim Trier Writer: Joachim Trier Starring: Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Herbert Nordrum By Calum Cooper Existential crises were an oddly recurring theme in 2021’s filmography. That might not be surprising, given the current state of the world, but there were many thoughtful, gripping films (or comedy specials in Bo Burnham’s case) that explored the simultaneous beauty and anxiety … Continue reading GFF2022 Review: The Worst Person in the World

GFF2022 Review: Where is Anne Frank

Year: 2021 Runtime: 99 minutes Director: Ari Folman Writer: Ari Folman Starring: Ruby Stokes, Emily Carey By Calum Cooper Anne Frank is a girl whose story everyone has heard; a Jewish teenager whose life was taken far too soon by the evils of the Holocaust. Yet her diary, published by her father, has ensured that her creative talent and emotional insights have lived on for … Continue reading GFF2022 Review: Where is Anne Frank

GFF2022 Review: Nitram

Year: 2021 Runtime: 112 minutes Director: Justin Kurzel Writer: Shaun Grant Starring: Caleb Landry Jones, Judy Davis, Essie Davis, Anthony LaPaglia By Calum Cooper “Nitram” (2021) is a disturbing film by design, yet even as I write this I’m unsure if this is to the film’s benefit or detriment. It is somewhat reminiscent of Todd Phillips‘ “Joker” (2019), a film that, while technically well crafted, … Continue reading GFF2022 Review: Nitram

GFF2022 Review: Bergman Island

Year: 2021 Runtime: 105 minutes Director: Mia Hansen-Love Writer: Mia Hansen-Love Starring: Vicky Krieps, Tim Roth, Mia Wasikowska, Anders Danielsen Lie By Calum Cooper Mia Hansen-Love’s “Bergman Island” (2021) is a soulful ode to the balance and conflicts between art and life. The creative process is one full of struggle and elation, two juxtaposing things that can often occur simultaneously. Whether writing a story or … Continue reading GFF2022 Review: Bergman Island

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Sundance 2022 Review: “Leonor Will Never Die”

Movie magic literally works its way into the life of a film director in “Leonor Will Never Die,” a touching meditation on grief woven through a fanciful ode to creativity. In Their Own League reviews Martika Ramirez Escobar’s Sundance 2022 film. Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Leonor Will Never Die”

Sundance Interview with “Sirens” Director Rita Baghdadi

By Morgan Roberts Premiering at this year’s Sundance, “Sirens” is a documentary feature film following the lives of the women in the Lebanese metal band Slave to Sirens. The film explores the complexities of being in an all-female band, being misunderstood by society, and finding one’s voice. The film is directed by Moroccan-American filmmaker Rita Baghdadi. Baghdadi’s first feature film, “My Country No More,” was … Continue reading Sundance Interview with “Sirens” Director Rita Baghdadi

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“I’m Into an Individual Gaze”: Director Nina Menkes and Colleagues at Sundance 2022 Talk Sexism and Being “Brainwashed”

Director Nina Menkes of the Sundance 2022 documentary “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power,” and her colleagues discuss objectifying film techniques, the male gaze, and encouraging an “individual gaze” for creative filmmaking. Film site In Their Own League has more details. Continue reading “I’m Into an Individual Gaze”: Director Nina Menkes and Colleagues at Sundance 2022 Talk Sexism and Being “Brainwashed”

Sundance Interview: “The Mission” Director Tania Anderson

By Morgan Roberts “The Mission” is a documentary film which follows four missionaries from the Church of Latter-Day Saints as they serve their mission, spreading the word of God while also finding their paths in life. The film chronicles their time before their mission, through their years of service in Finland, and what happened when they returned home. Directed by Tania Anderson, “The Mission”(2022) shows … Continue reading Sundance Interview: “The Mission” Director Tania Anderson

Sundance 2022 Review: “The Mission”

Year: 2022 Runtime: 95 minutes Director: Tania Anderson By Morgan Roberts After high school, some young adults head straight to college, some take a gap year, and for some, their faith sends them to far reaches of the world to preach their gospel. In “The Mission” (2022), director Tania Anderson follows four young Mormon missionaries as they head to Finland for a two year Mission … Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “The Mission”

Sundance 2022 Review: “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power”

The documentary “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power”(2022) is sad, infuriating, and revelatory. Objectifying women in film and media is nothing new; yet in analyzing how filmmakers shoot men and women differently, director Nina Menkes shows just how entrenched—and insidious—this way of seeing is. More in this film review from In Their Own League Continue reading Sundance 2022 Review: “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power”