Atlantique

Film Review: Atlantique | Atlantics (2019); Cannes Film Festival | Director: Mati Diop

Atlantique (2019) is a mysteriously wonderful film that tells the coming of age story of a young woman whose desire it is to follow her heart and choose for the freedom to make her own decisions and her independence. But also the story of how unfair the world can be when it comes to corruption amongst the rich exploiting the ones who do everything to make ends meet. . .

Atlantique

Filmrecensie: Atlantique | Atlantics (2019); Cannes Film Festival | Regisseur: Mati Diop

Beoordeling: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ – 5/5. Atlantique (2019) is een mysterieus wonderlijke film die het coming of age-verhaal vertelt van een jonge vrouw wiens verlangen het is om haar hart te. . .

Rocky

Rocky (1976): “..I ask film investors, are you ready to lose your money?..”

“Rocky Balboa films inspired me to make movies. It started with the first Rocky (1976) film, directed by John G. Avildsen. It’s about a boxer played by Sylvester Stalone who gets the opportunity to participate in the world heavyweight championship. . .

Mahjong

Mahjong | 麻将 (1996): “..What I find remarkable about Edward Yang’s films..”

“I extremely like the Taiwanese film Mahjong (1996) by Edward Yang, which has nothing to do with the tile-based game at all. It’s actually about a missing businessman who owes money to an underworld gang and his son who is the leader of a youth gang. . .

A Better Tomorrow

A Better Tomorrow | 英雄本色 (1986): “..martial arts was never my thing, but I love films by John Woo..”

“A film that stands out for me is A Better Tomorrow (1986) which has been directed by John Woo. The story itself is about an ex-gangster who tries to reconcile with his brother, but he has difficulties breaking ties with his former gang. . .

Sitges

“..Sitges during Gay Pride … You are in charge of your own body..”

“About a year ago I was on holiday in Sitges during Gay Pride. I met a nice man and we had chemistry between us. We went out dancing and drinking, etc. Finally, we went to his hotel room and we had sex. It was not all the way, but we kissed and had oral sex, but I didn’t want to continue. . .

XY Chelsea

Filmrecensie: XY Chelsea (2019); IDFA Queer day (Nederlands).

Beoordeling: ✯✯✯✯ – 4/5. XY Chelsea (2019) heeft mij geboeid van het begin tot het einde. Het verhaallijn heeft een erg mooie opbouw. Hawkins zorgt ervoor dat iedereen die de situatie van Chelsea Manning niet kent aan het einde goed geïnformeerd is. Naar mijn mening vind ik het belangrijk om te zien hoe een heel land verdeeld kan raken door slechts één persoon. Is zij een heroïne of een verrader?

The Prestige

The Prestige (2006): “..Thanks to weed and freaking Christian Bale!..”

“I have a funny story to tell about how The Prestige (2006) changed my life. Years back I used to be a sports guy. I always played football, basketball and I participated with MMA I excelled in all of that. . .

Welcome

Welcome (2009): “..Nobody becomes a refugee just out of nowhere..”

“Welcome (2009) is a French movie and it tells the story of a young Iraqi-Kurd refugee, Bilal Kayani (Firat Ayverdi), who dreams to cross the English Channel from Calais, France to the UK. Hoping to be reunited with his girlfriend Mina (Derya Ayverdi) who’s already settled down in England with her family. . .

Monsoon Wedding

Monsoon Wedding (2001): “..where it’s necessary to wear different masks..”

I saw Monsoon Wedding (2001) by Indian filmmaker Mira Nair, a while ago when I was living in New York and interning for a Dutch journalist, Max Westerman. . .

Kakekomi

Kakekomi (2002): “.. I left the cinema theatre .. with a retirement goal..”

“The reason why Kakekomi (2015) is dear to me is that the director Masato Harada was present at Eigasai 2016, a Japanese film festival that I went to. . .

representation of women

“..representation of women in Dutch cinema, it still isn’t that great..”

“I worked as the script coach for the fiction FilmLAB of CinemAsia Film Festival. I guided the FilmLAB participants from beginning to end. . .