The 13th Stockholm International Film Festival held November 14-24 presented 160 films from 40 countries.The films that win at festivals usually take the limelight. And who always agrees with the juries. That said, here is my personal list of favorites from the recent festival in the land where the sun sets at 3pm in November.
If prizes could be awarded to documentary films it surely would have gone to the making of Terry Gilliam's aborted film project, on Don Quixote, Lost in La Mancha, by directors Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe from the UK. Everything is in this film. It reminds me of the time I had an art farm and all the ants died. I wanted to enter it into a science fair but alas it was a failure. A teacher told me that science has a lot to learn from failures. Why did Gilliam's film about an elderly Spanish knight who fought windmills fail? Everything is documented from French actor Jean Rochefort who learned English and couldn't even sit on a horse during shooting because of a herniated disk, to torrential rains that swept film equipment into mudpools. Production crew, and investors are on hand to tell why they couldnt get this ant hill to budge.
Next, the best film in the international competition would have to go to Karim Ainouz, for Madame Sata from Brazil, about the legendary transvestite who won the grand prize at the Rio Carnival in the 1930's. Ainouz not only tells the story in a grainy in your face cinematography that exposes the physicality of this magnificently raging man, but deconstructs the family unit and gives us a new sense of human relationship.
Next up would be Bille Eltringham's This is not a Love Song from the UK about two confused trouble makers, who make their lives hell by stealing a car, running out of gas and trying to fill the tank from a local farmer in the Scottish highlands. Did I mention a gun goes off--on the run from the villagers is a scary tale indeed.
And close in running is Delphine Gleize's Carnages, from France, a film that begins with a 475 kilo bull named Romero whose death in a bullfight adds animus to a cast of characters including a young bullfighter, a little girl, and a philosopher who takes up ice skating.
The Stockholm festival is a good choice if you can't make it to Cannes, Berlin, Sundance or Venice, and you want to see some of the films that are selected for the official competition.
In upcoming programs for Movie Magazine International, we will be speaking with Karim Ainouz, Delphine Gleize and audience award winner Carlos Reygadas who won for his film Japan, made in Mexico.
This is Moira Sullivan for Movie Magazine, Stockholm SWEDEN
© 2002 - Moira Sullivan - Air Date: 12/02
Stockholm International Film Festival 2002, Part 2