Radio broadcast: December 8, 2020.
Cinephiles! This week’s Big FRED Tuesday, my weekly radio show on all things cinema on FRED.fm, is marked by the 90th birthday of Swiss filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard.
Aside from being one of the most representative auteurs of the revolutionary French New Wave, Godard is one of the most trailblazing and influential directors of the 20th century, as well as one of the filmmakers of my life. So, in this episode, I talk about how Breathless turned out to be such an important, formative viewing experience for me in my teenage years. I also talk about five works I would recommend for any beginners looking to enter the world of Godard.
But that’s not all. As usual, this week’s radio broadcast includes several conversations with filmmakers from all four corners of the globe and continues to honor our recent extensive coverage of the 38th Torino Film Festival, which took place online this year in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
My final interview from this fest is with Evi Romen, about her feature debut Why Not You, a coming-of-age drama about a young man from a small Northern Italian community who struggles to find his own identity and with drug addiction, and whose life is shaken to the core after experiencing a terrorist attack first-hand, which takes the life of his best friend.
Another festival currently taking place right now is the Cairo International Film Festival in Egypt. I usually personally attend it and it has always been quite an intense experience there, to say the least. This year, I thought it best to skip it. Nonetheless, I will attempt to record some interviews with directors presenting works from there and the first is with Wissam Tanios, whose new documentary We Are From There is a personal exploration of the migration from Syria to Europe of his cousins.
Also, I recorded an interview with the founder of the Mobile Film Festival, Bruno Smadja. As the name of the fest suggests, this is a festival that shatters any barriers of the traditional film system by encouraging anybody to send shorts filmed with a mobile phone and from different parts of the world. In its short history, the festival has expanded and has become increasingly inclusive of different cultures and backgrounds.
In addition to all this, there are more interviews from Torino, currently available on the FRED website in podcast form and news. As we are fast approaching the conclusion of a challenging year for everybody, it has been interesting to document how the film community has responded to the crisis.