Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Jason goes to Indiefest--Day 13

Two more programs.

First up, the final shorts program of the festival, Not Your Average Kids Movie:
BIRTHDAY CIRCLE: Cake and family, in this funny exploration of how the elderly are treated like children.
LAUGH AND DIE: A clown finds out he has "laugh cancer" and every laugh brings him closer to death. If only he were a sad clown like Javier in THE LAST CIRCUS.
INDELIBLE: A young hoarder befriends a refugee in the motel his mother manages. A touching story of the fringes of society.
DE LUCHA BOYS: Adventures in wrestling, childhood friendship, death, and theft.
ANDY: A young boy plays with shoes and lipstick before making an important decision at the restroom.
VENTO: A windless Brazilian village is saved by a young boy's Superman fantasy.
40 YEARS: An old man faces the monsters of his youth. Literally, he's haunted by a rock monster.
STRANGER DANGER: I don't want to give anything away, so I'll just say it's a cautionary tale of what happens to the little girl in the windowless van. Hilarious!
RED BALLOON: The terror of babysitting.

Then I saw the feature film FUERTEVENTURA. Mostly improvised and playing with dream logic a lot, it's the story of Jesper. He's a Swedish guy who travels to Fuertevenura, a resort island in the Canary Islands. He drinks, he parties, he gets laid, all seems pretty good. But it's quickly apparent, through flashbacks and nightmares, that he's escaping a horribly traumatic incident back home in Sweden. And in fact, the new girl he starts dating bears a striking resemblance to his lost love. But now I'm afraid I've given too much away, so I'll just say that it's an intriguing movie with some great acting and a really cool looking location. Perhaps this isn't the main takeaway from the movie, but I'd really like to visit the Canary Islands now. That place seems really cool.

Anyway, that was Tuesday at Indiefest.

Total Running Time: 186
My Total Minutes: 223,833

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