38th Gothenburg International Film Festival starts next weekend. Since the day it was first launched in 1979, it is the largest annual film event in Nordic countries. Aside from the hundreds of films from all around the world, the festival also offers many interesting seminars, and art and music events.
One of the film sections focuses on one country every year. This year it is ‘Japan’, which makes me even more excited about the festival. You can see the details of the festival and the sections here and here.
I have spent the whole Saturday going through the booklet of the festival, reading details about every movie and picking out a few favorites. The movies I am going to see this year are:
The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (Yume to kyôki no ôkoku), Japan, 2013
This is a documentary directed by Mami Sunada, focusing on the life of Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata at their successful anime studio Ghibli. As an admirer of Japanese anime and Miyazaki, it would be a shame for me to miss that film.
A Midsummer’s Fantasia (Han yeo-reum-ui pan-ta-ji-a), Japan/Korea, 2014
I have read that the movie is divided into two parts; the first is shot in the Japanese city Gojo, in black and white, and the second part is a love story between a Korean woman and a guy from Gojo.
Remake Remix Rip-Off, Turkey/Germany, 2014
This seems to be a very interesting documentary about Turkey’s pop cinema culture from the 60’s and 70’s. The producers had a very low budget and there were no rules regarding copyright. So, they shot a lot of remakes of Hollywood movies like Tarzan, Dracula, The Wizard of Oz, The Exorcist, Rambo, Superman or Star Trek, by adapting them to the taste of audiences in Turkey. This film is full of interesting interviews with the actors and producers of that period. As a person who grew up watching those old and absurd Turkish movies, I am sure I am going to love this film.
Corn Island (Simindis kundzuli), Georgia, 2014
I have recently heard a lot about this Georgian film. A small fertile land between Georgia and Abkhazia becomes a corn field for an old farmer and his granddaughter, which makes a living for them. I am extra excited for this one, because the old farmer is played by a very well-known Turkish actor.
Alive (San-da), South Korea, 2014
This is the story of a man who lives in a rural area, works in a soybean fermentation factory and takes care of his family. It is said to be an impressive South Korean drama, which grabs my attention among the other movies.
Are there film festivals that you like to join yearly in the cities you live? Friends in Gothenburg, do you have any film recommendations for the GIFF?