Daily Archives: April 29, 2012

Ki/My name is Ki by Leszek Dawid (2011)

In the Polish Feature Competition

A dynamic and energetic story with brilliant performances by two leading actors – Roma Gąsiorowska and Adam Woronowicz.

Ki is a single mother of a 3-year old boy, who has an incredible talent of blaming everyone around for anything that does not go well, while at the same time involving everyone around with her responsibilities – as a mother, as flatmate, as friend. As a result, Ki – an aspiring performance artist – has fewer and fewer people at her side willing to bring on help.

Miko – her reluctant flatmate (again, she moves in thanks to a favour offered by another friend and does not respect the rules of the house blaming the toddler for her incapabilities) is a silent superhero in Ki’s life, which she fails to notice until it is too late and he leaves for good.

This film won the Off Plus Camera Polish Film Competition and one of the perks is UK distribution. Go watch it. You will hate Ki for all her games and will reflect at how it is possible that such people exist and ruin our lives every day.

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Barney’s Version by Richard J. Lewis (2010)

In the Catching Up Section

Starring Paul Giamatti (who bagged the Golden Globe for this role) as well as Dustin Hoffmann. A long tale of a life of an unhappy artist-writer and his wives. Over the years he lives in Rome, New York and finally in the countryside somewhere in New Jersey.

Another warm approach at presenting a tragic character who does not mature throughout his whole life, however is still capable of unconditional love towards his third wife.

Full of politically incorrect jokes at the expense of the Jewish community with Dustin Hoffman openly expressing his supposed discrimination, ignorant of the fact that it could have little to do with his ethnicity and much more with his attitude.

A good piece of cinema, again, a little too long to my taste. Watch it if you can.

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Meet Monica Velour by Keith Bearden (2010)

In the Geek it Up section.

Starring Kim Cattrall as a faded porn star courted by an obsessed 17-year old nerd, who wants to save her from the circumstances she landed herself in by the inevitable series of life mistakes she made over the previous decades of her career.

A warm story scored with 1930’s hits from the American South proving that those who need help the most can actually act as catalysers helping the others.

Quite an entertaining story with a few melancholic notes. Nice cinematography and coloring and convincing two lead roles.

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Anyone Can Play Guitar by Jon Spira (2009)

In the New British Cinema section

A documentary on the Oxford music scene. A phenomenon is presented on the sample from the 1980’s until present. The film was made in 2009 and features a combination of live events coverage, interviews with band members of numerous bands that got created in Oxford and either raised to fame (Radiohead, Supergrass, Talulah Gosh) or fell into the abyss of always being beaten by other big stars (like the unfortunate band who released their album at the same time as Nirvana’s “Nevermind” – The Candyskins).

The two big absent are Andy and Thom Yorke. Their names are mentioned multiple times throughout the film but neither of them appears on screen in a different context than gigs coverage or photos. Members of their bands talk about them but the two are excluded from the documentary.

This is a very interesting film for both those who know the history of the Oxford music scene and those who don’t. The former will learn something new and the latter will indulge in what they knew already.

It is a long film (over 120min), therefore drags a little towards the end, but that could be because the screening I attended started well after 10pm.

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