Riveting and sincere, Anucha Boonyawatana’s powerful feature film bluntly, but calmly reminds us of the inescapable reality of death. From its roots as a chilling, complex concept to its nitty-gritty manifestation as a decaying, irrepressible force in the universe, Malila: The Farewell Flower looks at death from a variety of enlightening perspectives.
Wearing its queer credentials on its brightly coloured, ruffled sleeve, this flamboyant drama delivers a remarkably steely message about identity. It may be archly made by first-time feature director Trudie Styler (aka Mrs Sting), but it’s also beautifully anchored in another richly detailed, deeply committed performance from Alex Lawther.
This British-American motion picture is based on Michael Cunningham’s novel of the same title and follows the life of renowned writer Virginia Woolf. Starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore, The Hours was released in 2003 in the United Kingdom. The drama film was directed by Stephen Daldry and its screenplay was created by David Hare.
Narrative is not needed to create an enthralling, one-of-a-kind story that keeps you glued to your screen. This is what Pedro Diogenes and Guto Parente’s mesmerizing feature film proves without a shadow of a doubt. My Own Private Hell (Inferninho) is a deliciously strange and visually stunning motion picture that oscillates between drama and impressively well-executed dark humor.
Antonio Lopez was one of the most influential people in the fashion world, although almost no one outside it has heard of him. And this documentary is designed to set the record straight, as it were. It’s a lively, skilfully assembled portrait of a vibrant artist whose life and work made an indelible mark not just within fashion circles but in pop culture at large.
Homosexuality is slowly growing out of its reputation as a taboo topic with Blerta Zeqiri’s ingenious Kosovar masterpiece, The Marriage. Centered on the love story and companionship of two estranged soul mates, the motion picture sheds light on the secrecy, isolation and self-deception LGBT people experience in an attempt to conceal their sexual orientation.
Released in 1994, Heavenly Creatures is a psychological drama which is based on the true story of Pauline Parker and Juliet Hume, two teenage girls who are separated and murder the former’s mother. Starring Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet, the crime film was directed and co-written by Peter Jackson.