In this post, after listing the films and times, I'm going to briefly introduce the Feature Films in Competition. In separate posts I'll write up a little more about each film. At this point I haven't seen any of the films so I'll be putting together background information that I find of interest. My goal is to present information that will:
- help you decide whether you want to see it,
- make it more interesting if you do,
and will NOT
- spoil the film.
The last criteria, for me is most important, because I assume everyone wants to see every film. :)
Here's the list of the Feature Films in Competition with the Directors, Countries, and times and locations.
FM* indicates that the film maker is scheduled to be at the showing and available for Questions and Answers after the showing. Note: all but one film will have someone here to talk about the film after the show. This is one of the neatest parts of a festival - the chance to talk directly to the film maker.
Also, all but two of the films (Empire of Silver and Last Station) will be shown twice.
|Bai Yin Di Guo [Empire of Silver] |
|Christina Shu-hwa Yao|
|The Drummond Will||Alan Butterworth||UK|
5:30 PM Tue, Dec 07 Bear Tooth FM*
5:10 PM Sat, Dec 11 Out North FM*
7:45 PM Fri, Dec 10 Bear Tooth FM*
8:30 PM Sat, Dec 11 Out North FM*
Son Istasyon [Last Station]
5:30 PM Sun, Dec 05 Bear Tooth FM*
The Temptation of St. Tony
7:55 PM Sat, Dec 04 Bear Tooth FM*
8:30 PM Sun, Dec 05 Out North FM*
The Wild Hunt
7:30 PM Fri, Dec 03 Bear Tooth FM*
7:45 PM Tue, Dec 07 Bear Tooth FM*
After checking out all of the films online (but not watching them) I can give a little intro to them, but I'll have a separate post for each film with more details. As I get those posts up I'll put up links below. (The links above go to the Anchorage International Film Festival website page for the films and have trailers and summaries of each film.)
The Wild Hunt Post - posted November 24 (Canada)
The Temptation of St. Tony - posted November 27 (Estonia)
Son Istayon - The Last Station - posted November 30 (Turkey)
The Drummond Will
Bai Yin Di Guo (白銀帝國) (Empire of Silver)
The list above is in alphabetical order. The very brief overviews below are in chronological order that they first show in the festival.
|From Son Istasyon website|
In the black and white English murder/comedy The Drummond Will (Mon/Sun, Dec 6,12), bodies begin to pile up. This film recalls an earlier era of British films. David Minkus at Screengeeks gave it a 4/4, with the caveat that he is a sucker for a good English comedy. Marty Mapes, at Movie Habit said, "It’s often funny, and it sometimes works." The Drummond Will just won the People's Choice Award at the River's Edge Film Festival and the Best Feature at the Ferndale (Michigan) Film Festival, in early November 2010.
|From Hello Lonesome site|
Hello Lonesome (Tue/Sat Dec 7/11) has some outstanding actors (James Urbaniak, for example, played comic book artist Robert Crumb in American Splendor) and won the Best Ensemble Performance at the LA Film Festival. Adam Ried produced, directed, wrote, and filmed these six characters in three stories exploring human relationships.
Karma Calling's (Fri/Sat Dec. 10/11) website has one of the best promo lines I've seen for a film:
This is the story of an immigrant family that doesn't meet the stereotype of the highly educated and successful Indian-American family. This one looks like lots of fun.
"What happens when a bunch of hapless Hindus from Hoboken get mixed up with an underworld don with connections to an Indian call center?"
From Karma Calling Website
Karma Calling won the Best Feature Film at the New Jersey International Film Festival (hometown favorite here), and the Audience Award at the LA Asian Film Festival, and the Grand Festival Prize at the Berkeley Film and Video Festival.
Bai Yin Di Guo (白銀帝國) (Empire of Silver) (Dec 11) has an actual historical setting in late 19th Century China and tells the story of the son of a banking mogul in Shanxi province, north central China. The film was released in 2009 and except for the cinematography has not gotten the best of reviews. The movie is based on a trilogy by Cheng Yi titled "Valley of Silver."[It looks like all the references to this are copied from the same source and I can't find anything on the trilogy besides reviews of the movie. I'm checking on it and will let you know what I find out.]