Saturday, April 23, 2005

iffb full day one

Yesterday I saw:

Finnish Experimental Shorts - a decent 53 minute program of primarily recent 'experimental' short films from Finland. Some were fairly standard, others annoying, and some innovative.

Stolen - this is the documentary about the art heist at the Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum, it focuses on the significance of the Vermeer (the most expensive stolen painting in the world), and the art detective, Harold Smith, who is a very interesting and likable character. It is a well made and thoughtful documentary about this, as yet, still unsolved crime.

Childstar - Don McKellar's film about an american child actor who goes to Canada to make a horrible Hollywood type action movie. This is one of the funniest films I've seen in quite a while. The dialogue skewers so much of american culture. If you get a chance to see it -- do so immediately! It also has one of the best endings of a movie I've seen. I even clapped at the end.

Peau Blanche (White Skin) - decent Quebecois vampire movie, ostensibly dealing with race issues, the movie degenerates by the end, which kind of left me with a "that didn't just happen" feeling.

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