Hong Kong. This is Not a Burial, It’s a Resurrection. The film from Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese (Lesotho) was appreciated by the critics in our jury at the Hong Kong Film Festival. The jury stated: “Set in a Lesotho village threatened by a dam project, the film uses a highly original combination of approaches: It’s about beautiful landscapes but also intensely-realized rooms; it’s awash with stylized colors but also documentary-like authenticity; and it invokes ancient storytelling traditions for its modern tale of grief channeled into social action. All of which relies on the intimate power of lead actress Mary Twala Mhlongo’s unforgettable face.” More
Cluj-Napoca. The Transilvania Film Festival in the Romanian city of Cluj-Napoca is a good opportunity to get acquainted with the recent national cinema. For international critics it’s an attractive reason to travel to the landscape of vampires or to follow the movies online. The Critics’ Prize went to the Romanian/Ukrainian co-production Everything Will Not Be Fine by Adrian Pirvu and Helena Maksyom, a documentary on the long-term consequences of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, presented as a world premiere. More
The FIPRESCI Grand Prix will exceptionally not be awarded in 2020, as the current circumstances (premieres halted, festivals cancelled and movie theatres closed for months) would make it impossible for it to maintain the wide-reaching, inclusive nature that defines it.
Minsk. “Belarus is in a political, social, and economic crisis”, state the organizers of the Listapad International Film Festival.” They sent an appeal to “help Belarusians maintain their fortitude and continue to fight for the truth. We ask you to focus your attention on the Belarusian agenda within the framework of the film festivals to be held this year.” More
Ken Loach. The British filmmaker will receive the “FIPRESCI Platinum Award 95”. This special prize has been created to thank filmmakers whose work was important for the history of cinema and of film criticism. Six of Ken Loach’s films have, from 1972, been awarded by the critics’ organization. The prize will be presented to Ken Loach at the Transatlantyk Festival, October 1-8, in the Polish city of Katowice. More
Derek Malcolm on Ken Loach More