Family Members (Los miembros de la familia) (Mateo Bendesky, 2019): Argentina

Reviewed by Natsuna Kikkawa. Viewed at the AFI Fest 2019.

Before I watched the film, I always see the film trailer. First, when I saw the trailer of Family Members, I was thinking this is about the two young siblings, Lucas (Tomás Wicz who was acted in The Pack of Three, 2019) and Glida (Laila Maltz who was acted in A Family Submerged, 2018) face to their mother’s death. However, it’s not. Of course, the story is affected to her death. But, if I describe the film, I really want to say Family Members is about how the family relationship will be with sexuality after two sibling’s mother passed away.

Family Members is the winner of the Future Film at the Cinema Jove – Valencia International Film Festival 2019. The film was directed and written by Mateo Bendesky who was directed Together Alone in 2017. The story started in the train. The camera was close-up to Lucas’s face and Glida’s face. Until Lucas and Glida arrive

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Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Celine Sciamma, 2019): France

Review by Manu Davila. View at the AFI Fest 2019

Brilliant and beautiful piece Portrait of a Lady on Fire is one of those films that changes you after you watched them. It is one of those films that makes you feel too much. Definitely, one of my favorites of the year. An excellent direction, with such an ingenious script and dialogue, a cinematography that won’t let you take yours eyes off the screen, and a sound that makes you get into the trance of the main character’s thoughts, make Portrait of a Lady on Fire a must watch film. 

 Sciamma’s powerful piece is 10 awards winner, some such as the Queer Palm in Cannes, as well as Best Screenplay. It was also nominated for the Palme d’Or. Best Screen play in Chicago International Fest, among others. After you watch it, you will understand why all these awards. The story takes place on a remote island in France, in the 18th century. A young painter, Marianne (Noemie Merlant) is instructed to do a wedding portrait of a young woman, Heloise (Adele Haenel). 

The film starts

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