oslo international film festival

November 20, 2008

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I have a feeling the ‘film’ tag in my cloud is about to get a lot bigger. The Oslo Film Festival kicks off today. By international standards it’s small but in my limited (last year’s) experience can still throw up some gems. And on the plus side, it also means it’s no problem to get your hands on tickets (unlike Rotterdam or London). Privately, I have my fears that this bodes poorly for the festival’s future, but we’ll worry about that when we get to it.

On my shortlist this year after scanning the funky pencilled-in thumbnails on the website:

Ballast (US family drama, won Cinematography and the Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival this year)

Hunger (IRA hunger strike in the Maze Prison of Northern Ireland)

Intimacies of Shakespeare and Victor Hugo (documentary on several oddball inhabitants of Mexico City)

La Rabia (Argentinian pampas drama)

Man on Wire (docu on Phillipe Petit’s 1974 WTC tight rope walk, have had my eye on this one for a while now)

Worlds Apart (Danish girl questions her Johevah’s Witness faith)

Up the Yangtze (just to scratch my China itch)

Who’s coming with me?

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