I was wondering if anyone attended this Festival and saw some good movies. I really loved the Swedish Horror/ Coming-of-Age movie “Let the Right One In,” which won the Best Narrative Feature Award. It was so refreshing to see a Coming-of-Age movie that boldly goes beyond the common growing-pains story. Also, “My Marlon and Brando” which received the Best New Filmmaker Award, was very impressive, and I think it was one of the most haunting love stories I have seen in a long time.In addition, it was great to see real-life footage from Iraq that has not been manipulated by the media, unlike what we see on TV 24/7.
Besides these two, I finally got a chance to see the Brazilian The Elite Squad which I liked a lot and also “Boy A” was quite gripping…Though, the unexpected surprise of the Festival for me was a German movie titled “Seven Days Sundays” about two young boys in the projects, who go on an aimless killing spree for the kicks of it. This chilling true story was an huge controversy in Germany, and it was pretty similar to Haneke’s “Funny Games,” though a bit more social conscious as the movie was more about the life in the projects and the various characters inhabiting it, rather the murders. Even though, this wasn’t a perfect movie, a lot of the scenes in the movie stuck with me for a long time, as the soundtrack as well, which is for me proves the strong effect of the movie on me…
And, last but not least, “The Wackness” starring Ben Kingsley was really awesome. It was a coming-of-age story that takes place in 90s about a friendship between a young high-school outcast, who is also marijuana dealer, and his immature and wacky shrink (played brilliantly by Kingsley).
My thoughts on what I saw can be found here.