SIFF 2022 Review: 2551.01

Year: 2022 Runtime: 65 minutes Director: Norbert Pfaffenbichler Writer: Norbert Pfaffenbichler Cast: Stefan Erber, David Ionescu By Joan Amenn This film is a strange amalgamation of dystopian horror, Grand Guignol and a homage to Charlie Chaplin. If experimental film is your thing, you may find “2551.01” (2022) a fascinatingly phantasmagoric ride. If not, the film may just frustrate with its hallucinatory images and lack of … Continue reading SIFF 2022 Review: 2551.01

SIFF 2021 Review: Nahuel and the Magic Book

Year: 2020 Runtime: 98 minutes . Director: German Acuna Starring: Consuelo Pizarro, Marcelo Liapiz, Jorge Lillo By: Tom Moore Director German Acuna creates a delightfully adventurous animated coming of age tale with his directorial debut “Nahuel and the Magic Book”(2020). The film follows a young boy named Nahuel (voiced by Consuelo Pizarro) who yearns to impress his sea-faring father but struggles to work beside him … Continue reading SIFF 2021 Review: Nahuel and the Magic Book

SIFF 2021 Review: Summer of 85

Year: 2020 Runtime: 91 minutes . Director:  Francois Ozon Starring: Felix Lefebvre, Benjamin Voisin, Philippine Velge By: Tom Moore Writer/director Francois Ozon’s latest feature is a sun-soaked summer tale of love and friendship in France with “Summer of 85”. The film, partly based on Aidan Chambers’ 1982 novel “Dance on My Grave”, follows a wallflower teen named Alex (Felix Lefebvre) who begins a strong friendship … Continue reading SIFF 2021 Review: Summer of 85