Monday blues are gone and with a new day, Beeston Film Festival has new screenings as well. Continuing with the binary of two daily screenings, Tuesday has something new to offer once again. The festival moves closer to its finale with the first of three drama screenings and the screening of films in a very exciting category - Women’s Voices. For the latter category, we have a full article about why female filmmakers need to be uplifted and more visible in the industry, including an introduction of some of the films.
Tuesday’s drama screening offers two of our best picks.
Sandier is a lightly absurdist French short with exquisite use of music and editing. It captures you and draws you into the story with every further second. The fast-pace of editing and score which even the best in the industry wouldn’t be ashamed of give this film a quality that would be foolish to miss witnessing.
No Place, a Brazilian short, is a stunningly made story that serves as a representation of so crucial issues in the country. However, any viewer can relate to these life-altering problems - unemployment, sense of identity, familiarity. In around 22 minutes, this film tells a story larger than life.
As previously mentioned, Women’s Voices as a category has been introduced and presented in another article. However, we do have some highlights for you which you shouldn’t miss if you’re interested in female stories that are not told often.
Bitten is a Polish masterpiece that makes you long for summer. Seemingly a simple story of two friends enjoying a hippie-looking retreat delves deeper as new characters, which may or may not be familiar, are introduced. Brilliant cinematography with great acting underlined with a smart score is simply a win.
Maude is recognizably British short that is heartwarming, amusing and hopeful. Smart filmmaking and a brilliant performance from the leading lady make this film a must-see for anyone who loves originality wrapped in familiarity that subverts your expectations at every step.
Portrait, another British piece, utilizes the style of documentary-making to tell a poignant story about the abuse of young female models in the industry. Heart-stopping, gripping and emotional, it turns the story we’ve all heard into something we can see as well. After watching this, you don’t have to imagine and fill in the gaps, the convincing performances and well-written script will burn themselves into your memory.
Tuesday has even more to offer at Beeston Film Festival in both screenings. Stories from all around the globe each told in their own unique way, some certainly not to be missed.
Written by Sara Jakubcova