The Way He Looks (Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho) is a touching Brazilian drama written by director Daniel Ribeiro. The film follows a young blind teenager as he struggles to live a more independent life despite the disappointment this causes his best friend and his mother. When a new boy comes to town, however, he reconsiders his plans.
Boys (Jonas) is Charrier’s second TV movie, and I suspect that it’s only a matter of time before somebody gives him money to make his big screen debut. His film may tell a fairly melodramatic story as it progresses, but it’s easily forgivable due to being grounded within a heartfelt character study – one that is all the more effective due to the perfectly pitched performances he manages to get from the entire ensemble.
Comedian Simon Amstell’s second film in the director’s chair follows a socially awkward filmmaker suffering from crippling anxiety due to the imminent world premiere of his second film. And if this didn’t already feel dangerously close to autobiography, Amstell’s second directorial outing has just had its world premiere at this year’s London Film Festival, just like the embarrassingly personal film directed by the title character of his latest effort, Benjamin.
Released in 2015, this motion picture follows two women of very different backgrounds who live in New York City during the 1950s. The screenplay is based on a romance novel entitled The Prince of Salt by Patricia Highsmith. Carol stars Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara and Sarah Paulson and was directed by Todd Haynes.
So much attention has been devoted to the controversy surrounding Rafiki, the first LGBT film produced in Kenya, that discussions on the film itself have been something of an afterthought. To put it simply, the Kenyan censorship board didn’t have the same rapturous response to the film as audiences at Cannes (where it premiered earlier this year), effectively banning it – only to upturn the ban, submit the film as their entry for the foreign language Oscar, and premiere it to sold out audiences upon opening in Kenya.
Mario was released in 2018 and follows the career of a talented young soccer player who has to choose between his reputation and his love for a fellow player. Directed by Marcel Gisler, the motion picture stars Max Hubacher, Aaron Altaras and Andreas Matti. The film was co-written by Thomas Hess, Frederic Moriette and Marcel Gisler.