Captivating docudrama skates between truth and fiction.
GERMAN FILM FESTIVAL: I completely fell for Marten Persiel’s This Ain’t California, and by 'fell’ I mean that I liked the film greatly and that I was also taken in by its subterfuge. Is there a name for the movie’s genre?
Intriguing premise ends up going in circles.
The test for a good sports documentary is whether it engages viewers with no interest in that particular game, or even sport in general. To take just one example, I’ve absolutely no interest in disabled men’s wheelchair basketball, yet I found...
Korean table-tennis drama a convincing tale of unification.
The clash between ingrained political ideologies and the emotional consequences of defying them, forms the core of the rousing sports drama, As One. Based on the true story of the combined Korean team that triumphed over hot favourites China at...
Indie comedy too familiar to be funny.
With just two feature films under his belt, writer/director Tom McCarthy has already garnered a reputation as an excellent judge of character – or, to be precise, characters. With understated wit and poignancy, McCarthy elevated the story device...
Camaraderie and conflict among long-distance runners.
JAPANESE FILM FESTIVAL: It’s not exactly Chariots of Fire but this entertaining Japanese melodrama about an inter-university relay marathon race has a similar sensibility to another against-the-odds underdog sports movie, Cool Runnings. The...