AFI FEST 2005
Friday 11/4

ZIM AND CO. (2005, Pierre Jollvet)
T-W/O
Problems with the print/projection.

IN BED (2005, Matias Bize)
32
This film recalls some of the shallow and commercially minded foreign art-films of the 60s, which were more about titillation and nudity than substance.  Screenwriter Julio Rojas injects far too many dramatic revelations and big speeches for a film structured as minimalist as this and director Matias Bize tries too hard to jazz up every scene like a hack trying to open up a chamber play for the MTV crowd; including gratuitous split screens, endless zooms and a full-blown cheesy musical sequence.  Then there are the sex scenes, which appear with the frequency of porn but are strictly of the soft-core variety (i.e. full frontal from both actors but no penetration), but are never used to expand the characterizations.  Basically, the only thing that separates this movie from Z-grade fare like Lord of the G-Strings are the subtitles and the occasionally inspired performances by the two actors.

Saturday 11/5

SOPHIE SCHOLL - THE FINAL DAYS (Marc Rothermund)
45
A dry history lesson about a brother and sister caught distributing anti-Hitler flyers at the local university, this is Germany’s 2005 Oscar submission and it is just as middlebrow and conventional as last year’s Downfall.  Much of the story was taken from transcripts and historical documents from the time and it shows, there is so little dramatic invention in the characterizations that they have very little depth – they are simply good or bad.  In the US we put these on The History Channel.

WRONG SIDE UP (2005, Petr Zelenka)
49

ANTIBODIES (2005, Christian Alvart)
39

Sunday 11/6

ON THE OTHER SIDE (2005, Gustavo Loza)
W/O

WEDDING PARTY (2005, Dominique Deruddere)
41

Thursday 11/10

NEXT DOOR (2005, Pål Sletaune)
62

Saturday 11/12

KISSED BY WINTER (2005, Sara Johnsen)
58

BREAKFAST ON PLUTO (2005, Neil Jordon)
37

HIDDEN (2005, Michael Haneke)
82

Sunday 11/13

STORIES OF DISENCHANTMENT (2005, Alehandro Valle)
16