From Our Members’ Desks (Nov. 19, 2018)

OFCS members don’t just write film reviews. Here are several articles you might find interesting.


Michalina Olszanska, the Star of Carga and a Rising Star of Polish Cinema

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema

  • Excerpt: Michalina Olszanska is one of the most promissing actresses of Poland! Today, Portal Cinema has the pleasure to present you our interview with this rising star.

Promissing German Film and TV Star Friederike Becht

João Pinto @ Portal Cinema [Interview in English, German and Portuguese]

  • Excerpt: Friederike Bech, the star of the NetFlix Germany hit show Parfum, talked to Portal Cinema and told us everything about her amazing career!

Festivals: Individual Reviews

AFI Fest Review: ‘Everybody Knows’ But Asghar Farhadi Keeps You Guessing

Aaron Neuwirth @ We Live Entertainment

  • Excerpt: I would propose that even a comparatively “lesser” Farhadi film is still an incredibly involving drama, rich with characters and an intriguing turns of events.

Denver Film Festival – Aurora Borealis

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: With all the chatter about female directors, the name of Marta Meszaros should be better known. The Hungarian filmmaker made her first short film in 1954, and her first feature in 1965.

Denver Film Festival – Budapest Noir

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: One of the strengths of the film is in the evocative faces of the cast, especially the hired thug with the missing upper teeth, revealed to be a luckless street fighter. There are also knowing touches as in a scene at a high class brothel, “Les Fleurs du Mal” (Flowers of evil), where the song, “Falling in Love Again” from The Blue Angel can be heard faintly in the background.

Denver Film Festival – Meow Wolf: Origin Story

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: What is missing is any serious discussion about art, as if the Meow Wolf installation exist in a vacuum.

Denver Film Festival – On Her Shoulders

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: Although not all of the issues are stated outright, On Her Shoulders should initiate thought regarding western governments dealings with refugees, as well as the ignorance of the situations of ethnic minorities in Middle Eastern countries.

Denver Film Festival – Rafiki

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: The title translates as friend, emphasizing the emotional bonding of the two girls. While Rafiki isn’t the “fun and frivolous” view of Africa that Kahiu says she aspires to make, it avoids being heavy-handed, and is graced with optimism.

Other Types of Articles

Carga (2018)

Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]

The Owl’s Legacy

Peter Nellhaus @ Coffee, Coffee and more Coffee

  • Excerpt: This is the collection of a thirteen episode series made for French television. The overall effect for me is akin to taking a mandatory college course, feeling a bit intimidated by the anticipated intellectual discourse, with the relief that even though moments are dry, (Chris) Marker brings back the student with often unexpected humor.

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