Films in ‘Maestros: Kings & Aces’
RetributionKurosawa Kiyoshi IFFR 2007 103′
The literal translation of the Japanese title of the film is ‘The Scream’. In the case of Kurusawa Kiyoshi you may think both of the psychological fear of the painter Munch or of the fury of a Japanese horror ghost. A horror film for people who don’t like horror films. Intelligent and exciting.
OffsideJafar Panahi IFFR 2007 99′
Docu-drama about Iranian women who are mad about football but the law always puts them offside. What is real and what is not? Ninety minutes sitting on the edge of your seat for a film about soccer in which there isn’t a player or a ball in sight.
HanaKore-eda Hirokazu IFFR 2007 127′
Captivating samurai film in which a beautiful, humorous and entertaining story is told for a change and there is hardly any fighting. In an 18th-century Japanese slum district, an old conflict simmers. Murder has to be avenged. That would only lead to more revenge and more deaths and so the heroes seek an other way out.
Juventude em marchaPedro Costa IFFR 2007 155′
About how beautiful sombreness and decay can be. The old Cape Verdean Ventura is sad about his wife Clotilde who ran away. He writes her a choking letter. The poverty stricken district of Fontaínhas in Lisbon is portrayed as an ominous backdrop. Connoisseurs deemed the film the real winner at Cannes.